Stirling Gardens

Address: 33 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
Phone: 08 9461 3444

Tags: garden, live music, park

Take some time out on your next visit into the bustling city centre to explore the tranquil Stirling Gardens also known as Supreme Court Gardens. Opened as a botanical garden in 1845, they offer beautiful shade, well-kept lawns, and an extensive range of plants and trees. Known in some early records of Perth as 'Government Gardens' - they are 100 metres west of Government House. There are also a number of interesting sculptures including the Ore Obelisk, kangaroo sculptures, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and a serene water feature.

The statue of Alexander Forrest the brother of Sir John Forrest was constructed by Pietro Porcelli. It was first made in Guildford clay, then in plaster of Paris - sent to Italy to cast it in wax and finally in bronze. It was unveiled by Premier Walter James on 28 August 1903.

Stirling Gardens honours the name of Sir James Stirling who fought long and hard for the establishment of a settlement in Western Australia.

The Ore Obelisk is a modern memorial to the state's progress and consists of a 45 foot oil drill pipe threaded with fifteen ores.

Enjoy wandering through the gardens and take the opportunity to ponder the relationship between art, culture, industry and nature.

Events such as Opera in the Park and Carols by Candlelight are held here in the summer months.

The legendary Powderfinger played in 2010 to capacity crowds as part of their Sunsets' Farewell Tour. Music festivals such as Summadayze take place here, as do Perth's International Arts Festival events.

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