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Page to host contributions of people that have make the journey 

Other sources used to collate and create update online map


June 2020 we started building this page 

having visited several parks and Icons in the area we stumbled across info about a Public Art trail and here we are 

1st we collate what we find from our posts (below), then work out how it best suits for todays market

then launch to journey the trail and collect data, gps info and pics 

then some nights and bottles of wine and hours putting it all together 


Plan to record details / contributions by others 

The Art Trail recommends that you start at no 1, the Heritage Map on Royal Street so that is where we headed. A word of warning: halfway through the walk at Number 15 we realised that numbers 16 through 19 are not actually on the map! As some of these were in the area where we parked we were able to back track to see them but I suggest that you note their location on your map before you head out so that you can plan your walk to include them. Your route may depend on where you park as you can start the walk at any point. 

In any case we headed along Royal Street looking for the Heritage Map but failed to find it (as it was located near artwork number 29 we decided to detour from 29 once we found that as Royal Street is quite a long street and this would give us a better location.) We grabbed a coffee at the Kinky Lizard Espresso bar (there are quite a few cosy little cafes open on a Saturday morning) and got our bearings at Victoria Gardens, where you will also find public toilets. Victoria Gardens were first planted in the 1870s. Prior to this the cove was a series of swamps, marshes and underground water courses which were an important Noongar camping site even many years after colonisation. 

Heading up Trafalgar Road for a block we found Macey Walk - a lovely walkway leading down towards the Swan River with views of Matagarup Bridge. In fact there were lots of fabulous places looking out over Matagarup Bridge. At the end of Macey Street we peeked out over the gardens with their fitness equipment down below and access onto Matagarup Bridge. The footpath here had the word peace inscribed in it in many different languages. 

We looped back along Arden Street to Victoria Gardens but we could also have walked down the hill toward the River and then turned left as we would have come out at Illa Kuri, Sacred Dreaming Path, no 4 on the Art walk. 

Follow Illa Kuri around the edge of the River into the Cove to find the Niche Wall Mural, narrative panels tracing the evolution of the area from it's origins as a Bibbulmun nation to the arrival of the Europeans and industrialisation. Head up the stairs past the Mural to find the Charnock Woman Mosaic up on the "Lookout" section. A plaque on the wall explains the Bibbulmun Dreaming Story represented in the mosaic. Look closely at the gaps in the low wall as these show where the sun rises on significant days of the year including Australia Day, summer and winter solstices and Foundation Day. This is also a popular spot for families to enjoy sliding down the hill facing the river on cardboard boxes or just by rolling down. Great fun! 

Back past the Victoria Gardens Shelter which was being used by some people practicing some kind of martial art. The Trafalgar Bridge across the cove was closed for maintenance on the day we walked so we had to detour down the windy path and backtrack a little way to the Trafalgar Road Culvert and it's magnificent tree. 

From here we followed the cove around to the smaller bridge near where the Little Ferry Co docks. We were lucky enough to see the eco friendly solar powered Little Ferry docking as we walked past. The Little Ferry runs a circular route taking in Claisebrook Cove, On the Point, Optus Stadium and Elizabeth Quay so you could add to your day's adventure and explore a bit more with the ferry. 

Continuing around the cove we found more artworks. At the jetties we discovered fabulous of Optus Stadium and Matagarup Bridge. 

We climbed the stairs into Mardalup Park where we found the concrete poem - a palindrome about gas which you can read forwards or backwards. There is a small playground here (and a carpark - fees apply) and lots of paths for the kids to scooter or bike around. 

Walking on around this old gasworks site there are lots of wooden totems with informative facts and photos on them and then you get to number 14, the Steel Magnolias and other sculptures made from "junk" from the old gasworks. These are set in a lovely little garden area and symbolise the change from industrial to recreational use of this land. Although Number 14 looks like a bit of a distance from the cove it is only a few minutes walk. 

From here we went up the steps emerging onto Old Belvidere Promenade with it's beautiful trees and cute windy paths and benches. At the end is the Diver and Guard Dog statue which the kids will enjoy. It is here that we had to refer to Google Maps as the map did not show 16 17 18 and 19. 17 , 18 and 19 are in fact located along the Greenway which is part of mapped Art Trail and 16 was up the street from where we parked so we headed back towards Claisebroook Cove via Renaissance Avenue, Kensington Street and Plain Street. On Plain Street we missed the Chinese Consulate Art work but did see the Impossible Triangle. In hindsight we would probably go from the Diver and Guard Dog Statue back down Victory Terrace and Henry Lawson Walk all the way to the Cove as the other roads were uninteresting. 

At the traffic light signpost and Royal Street signpost turn left down the steps off Plain Street back down to Claisebrook Cove. Cross over the small bridge and then turn right to follow the Greenway Stream. 

There are lots of interesting facts scribed onto the walls as you follow the tunnel under the road. As you pass through look for The Sound Chamber (turtle). From here we turned up through the buildings back towards Royal Street where we finally found the Heritage Map (right behind the bus stop!) Now that we have given you this hint you will probably find it at the beginning of your walk avoiding the detour! It is in the vicinity of the frog mural . 

Back down to Claisebrook Lake to look at the Turtle Walk. From here you can look across and see the Impossible Triangle on the other side (in case you missed it on the walk back to the cove) . Follow the Greenway Stream and discover the Old Fjord Tract, the Weeping Wall and the Return of the Tea Tree (Numbers 19, 20 and 21) 

Continue to follow the stream to the Source and the drinking fountain (these are the missing number 17 and 18 on the map). We realised we had already walked past these at the beginning of our walk along Royal Street from the car to the Heritage Map. 

We couldn't find the Red Surveyor but walked to the end of Fielder Street to check out Number 16 the Smoke Stack Windvane but if you miss this one I wouldn't worry too much. 

The walk took us around two hours but it was a gentle flat walk with lots of interesting things to look at along the way. The kids will love the Greenway Stream so at the very least do this part and the Victoria Park section including rolling or sliding down the big slope (take cardboard with you!). There are plenty of places to stop for a meal or a drink along the way. Barbecues are located at Claisebrook Lake and there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy a picnic.

another source

June 2020: the local brochure -IT IS OUT OF DATE

we have extracted data from the local brochure into a google doc (appears below)
and used to copy to online maps we have created for viewers to view or download


3. Google doc list of Icons  Public document

info below is copied to trek map this route with photos


Icons: extracted from local brochure and updated to GPOS route map -  updated 12/6/2020

Walk 2.5km <> Bike 5km loop  Best visitor page - maps, photos, logistics


01. Heritage Map                         I  Artist: Malcolm MacGregor

 Located on Royal Street, in the heart of East Perth, is a granite map set into the pavement. It shows the old East Perth, its streets and blocks, together with other elements that describe its rich history


02. Small Figurative Bronzes      I  Artist: Greg James 

A series of small lifelike bronze castings have been installed to delight and surprise as part of the pocket park in Macey Place


03. Theatre Seats                        I  Artist: Mark Cox 

Using recycled jarrah, two sets of curved seating provide a pleasant place for conversation or simply to read the paper.


04. Illa Kuri                                    I  Artist: Toogarr Morrison 

The whole area along the riverbank at Victoria Gardens has been renamed Ngango Batta’s Mooditcher, translated as ‘Sunshine’s Living Strength’ – a place of hope and friendship for Aboriginal people. The winding pathway is named Illa Kuri and describes the chain of lakes and wetlands that stretched across the landscape before the city was built.


05. Yoondoorup Boorna                I  Artist: Alma Toomath

A very special old river gum, removed as part of the redevelopment, was treated and returned to the site at the request of the Noongar people. Its burnt and split trunk was used as a hiding place for goods and messages by those who once camped here.


06. Charnock Woman Mosaic       I Artists: Jenny Dawson, Sandra Hill and Miv Egan

The East Perth foreshore was a meeting and camping place for the Noongar people.

This colourful ceramic mosaic tells theNoongar Dreaming Story of a giant evilspirit woman, known as the Charnock woman, who stole children. The story can be read on the accompanying wall plaque.


07. The Niche Wall Mural              I   Artist: Joanna Lefroy Capelle

A stunning 14-metre-long wall mural is an allegory for the history and development of East Perth. It interprets the evolution of East Perth from its origins in the Bibbulmun nation, to settlement with the arrival of the Europeans, its industrial and horticultural growth, a phase of dormancy, and its renewal as a place of community and harmony of the human spirit. The relief mural is located in a limestone colonnade alongside the Cove. Acrylic and natural resins were applied to carved, wet cement render to create the work. Vegetation from the area was used to form its distinctive texture.


08. Victoria Gardens Shelter          I  Artist: Ralph Drexel

This architectural folly refers to the graceful period architecture of Richard Roche Jewell and the popularity of the original Victoria Gardens at the end of the 19th Century, which was one of the earliest public gardens in Perth.


09. Trafalgar Road Culvert               I  Artist: Nola Farman and Writer: Marcelle George

As many trees as possible were retained during the redevelopment of East Perth.  This one could not be moved, its roots were so deeply entwined in the old box culvert that took the brook under Trafalgar Road. The text celebrates all those who lived in and loved East Perth during its years of neglect, sleeping out in the ‘Star Hotel’.


10. Channel Markers                        I  Artist: Malcolm MacGregor

A pair of seats located on either side of the Cove, use the imagery of a river channel marker. They also commemorate Solomon Cook’s water driven flourmill and the Caretaker’s Cottage at the entry to Victoria Gardens by Architect Richard Roach Jewell.


11. Macey Walk Sculptured Seats    I  Artist: Mark Cox

June 2020 - was 3 locations around the inlet but some removed

The industrial heritage of East Perth is an important part of local history. A series of four seats, constructed of jarrah timber recycled from the old PWD workshops, are  based on the theme of pulleys, beams and rollers.


12. Sea Queen and Standing Figure   I Artist: Tony Jones

The old river boat Sea Queen is permanently ‘moored’ at the jetty on the northern side of the Cove, now a place to sit and take in the view. The fishing boat was rescued and restored by sculptor Tony Jones. The memories of a life on the river are represented in Standing Figure holding a sailboat, her pivoting head always turned to the direction of the wind.


13. Concrete Poem                           I Artists: Rob Finlayson and PlanE

Mardalup Park is on the site of the old Perth Gasworks. The poem here is a palindrome (you can read it forwards or backwards) about gas and is set into a concrete spiral.


14. Steel Magnolias                          I Artist: Jon Denaro

These sculptures are made from industrial ‘junk’ salvaged from the old Perth gasworks. They are like magnificent organic plants symbolising the park’s metamorphosis from industrial land back to nature.


15. Diver and Guard Dogs                I Artist: Russell Sheridan

 In the elevated residential subdivision of Belvidere, a figure stands on its hands atop a timber column. This humorous spoof on Nelson’s Column is surrounded by timber guardian dogs that are popular with children.


16. Smoke Stack Wind Vane             I  Artist: Stuart Green

Located on the corner of Fielder and Kensington Streets and made of aluminium swings, this wind vane swings around inside the ‘V’ class locomotive smoke stack. Sculptured as an acknowledgment of the railway and its workers who worked at the Claisebrook Depot for nearly a century. The stack is arguably the last piece of coppersmithing completed at Westrail’s Midland workshops before their closure. 


A walk along The Greenway is a walk back in time. The gentle curves of the path, the lake and the harbour reflect the original lake and wetlands, while the works along the route tell the story.


17. Drinking Fountain                       I Artist: Nola Farman and Writer: Marcelle George

A simple drinking fountain marks the start of the pedestrian walkway through East Perth. Poems on the side of the fountain refer to earlier times before the city and its bitumen took over.


18. The Source                                 I Artists: Nola Farman with Tract (WA)

The spurting fountain creates a soothing spot to relax. It represents the nquenchable energy of the water that lies beneath the city streets.


19. The Weeping Wall                      I Artist: Nola Farman and Writer: Marcelle George

The curved limestone retaining wall not only ensures that a mature tree remains part of the new landscape, but also that the water artificially seeping through it reinforces the power and presence of water in this area of Perth. The text talks about the abundance of food found in the 

Claisebrook wetland and how it was cooked in the past.


20. The Return of the Tea Tree        I Artist: Nola Farman

The artist has tried to create a tension between our own memories of a real wetland and the artificial landscape of the Greenway. This area used to be called Tea Tree Lagoon and the artist had locally extinct paper barks grown especially for the site. The paper barks appear to be forcing their way through the paving; irregularities in the limestone channel make the water bubble and dance.


21. Old Fjord Tract (WA)                   I Artist: Nola Farman 

During construction, a cache of old cobblestones was unearthed. They have been re-laid in the approximate position of an old fjord across Claise Brook.


22. Turtle Walk                                  I Artist: Nola Farman

The turtle shapes are used as a symbol; the line a reference to the traditional path used by Noongar people on their way to the ceremonial grounds at Mount Eliza.


23. Sound Chamber                          I Artist: Nola Farman

The tiny sculptured pool and bronze turtle are part of a sound system inside the underpass that amplifies the natural sound of running water.


24. The Greenway Stream                I Artist: Nola Farman

The ability of water to sculpt the landscape and carve its own path has inspired the creative design of the ‘eroded’ water channel along the length of the Greenway. 



25. The Impossible Triangle             I Artists: Brian McKay and Ahmad Abas 

The 13.5m landmark artwork stands at the gateway to East Perth. The Impossible Triangle was devised by Mathematician Sir Roger Penrose in the 1950’s. There are  only two positions from which the triangle appears complete


26. Chinese Consulate                    I Artist: Kevin Draper

Detail of a metal screen commissioned for the new Chinese Consulate in East Perth. 

The artist used traditional configuration of bamboo from original Chinese drawings.


Red Surveyor - Removed     

June 2020 confirmed “does not longer exist”

Ideal as checklist, use the link below to access more 

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What we do 

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from the traditional Google SV (Street View) Virtual tour 
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Art trail Claisebrook cove 3km trail - added 360 photos and some vid 2020.06 step inside links  
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Loop CC Art trail East Perth 3km Trail Art walk 5km bike loop 2020.06 drafted 
Perth Quad bike - Pinjar Dirt tracks / trails - fast recording for google test 2020.06.14 recorded on the fly - it worked 
South Perth Bowling Club bowling club - 360 pics for google maps 2020.06.11 
Buryalup Park park, river, trails - add some footage to test 2020.06.04 
Jenalup Beach Beach, nature trail, cliffs 2020.05 virtual tour and google street view 
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2020.10.27 South Perth day adventure History the tram  Ferry Tram Museum fbk group wa tourism 
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