Yagan Square, Perth City

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A new addition to the Perth city social scene is Yagan Square, located at the heart of Perth CBD on the corner of Wellington Street and William Street.

A short walk from the train station, the square – named after the Noongar warrior leader Yagan- connects the CDB and shopping areas with Northbridge. But that is not its only purpose; it stands alone as a great new entertainment hub, and as a convenient meeting place for socialising before heading over to the Perth Arena which is an easy walk away.

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From relaxing in the gardens, and children’s play area, to shopping, having a drink, or grabbing a bite to eat at the market hall, cafes and restaurants, it is a hive of activity both day and night.

There is a strong aboriginal theme running throughout the square, from the 9 metre tall statue Wirin, situated at the William Street entry, to the digital canopy symbolising the lakes which once occupied the site and the native landscaping reflecting the site’s history.

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On the upper level is an amphitheatre and a children’s playground.

Water bubbles from a small wading pool on the upper level and then meanders its way down to the garden area on the ground floor inviting children to play and wade through the streams and ponds.

The lively Market Hall has a funky, trendy feel.

Inside the market hall there are cafes, street food style outlets and specialist shops offering plenty of choices of tastes from around the globe. The idea seems to be to be to encourage customers to mix and match their meal choices by purchasing at the food stall and then choosing where to sit to eat- a little like the old style food halls but much more upmarket. There are two levels to the market hall but there are lifts for anyone unable to use the stairs. You will also find toilets on both levels.

There are still some ongoing building works within the square which appear to be spaces for further retail and cafe outlets.

At the front of the square fronting Wellington Street is a huge digital tower. The 45-metre high tower includes a large circular screen showing abstract graphics, visual artworks, live-streamed events and community pieces. And, with another nod to the aboriginal theme, there are 14 columns representing the 14 Noongar language groups. The columns are inspired by the bulrushes found at the lakes that once occupied the site.

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Access to Yagan Square is easy as it is situated next to Perth Busport and within walking distance of the central Perth Train Station. Although using public transport is the easiest way to get to the Square, there are a number of parking facilities within close proximity. If you want to ride, there are bike racks available.

You can visit Yagan Square 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Market Hall is open 11am-8pm Sunday to Wednesday and 11am-10pm Thursday to Saturday.




About Alison Bowmer

I am 57 and work part time in the hospitality industry. I am married with one daughter and three grandchildren.
Outside of work I enjoy music, reading, or watching a good movie, especially with a platter and glass of wine as accompaniment. I really enjoy outdoor concerts or musical theatre.
I love travel of any kind and have recently taken up Glamping.

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