Wellington Square is a public park located on Wellington Street in the suburb of East Perth in Perth, Western Australia.Before you head to Perth, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Perth trip planner, to make sure you see all that Perth has to offer, including Wellington Square.
The park was originally a swamp and was drained in the 1830s. It was originally used to exercise horses. The ground was known as the Recreation Ground or the "Rec". Prior to the construction of the WACA Ground in the 1890s, the park was the main cricket ground in Perth.
The ground was cleared in 1898 to form a series of cricket fields. The ground was named in honour of the Duke of Wellington, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time of the settlement of the Swan River Colony.
In 1901 the ground was used for four West Australian Football League matches.
Between 1906 and 1909 West Australian Football League team East Perth were based at Wellington Square but played home games elsewhere.
Perth Rugby Club (later Perth-Bayswater) used the square from the late 1920s as a training venue.
The square is used as a meeting place by aboriginal peoples, and for cricket and athletics by local schools and clubs. It is also used as a live music venue.
Wellington Square Reviews
Perhaps for security reasons Wellington square park only offers green grass and tall trees. If the police wants to check, they just need a glance as they can see through the whole park. There is no un... more »
Stopped by to look at what was here. It was a fairly large park that was mostly open space. There were a few tree breaks but mostly open grass. It was ok but didn't have features like the other parks. more »
To be avoided, especially after dark. It's like a zoo! Certainly not a destination for families or children. Last November, 2018 a man was stabbed in the chest with a steak knife in the park. There are clusters of intoxicated groups sitting all around glaring at outsiders. It may be reasonably scenic during daylight, but still risky. There needs to be a regular police presence here to deter anti social behavior.
Needles, broken glass, drunk people during they day... This is not a nice place for a sightly visit, best keep to the river. Do not come to this park with children and dont come here at night time.
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