City of Subiaco

The Sunken Gardens, University of Western Australia, Crawley

  • A landscaped amphitheatre with gardens with ponds and terraced lawns that can seat up to 385 people
  • Hired out for private functions such as weddings and can be converted to a performing arts venue
  • Access into the sunken garden is via a steep ramp or steps
  • The closest accessible parking is on the north side of the garden
  • The closest accessible toilet is located at Winthrop Hall on the south west corner of The Undercroft
Location (View Map)
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009 Australia
Opening Hours
  • An open garden
  • 08 6488 5900

Closest accessible parking

  • One accessible parking bay is located on the northern edge of the Sunken Garden.
  • The bay is located part way between the Visitors Centre at the Administration building and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. An additional bay is located at the front of the Visitor Centre.
  • Bay is 3.47 metres wide and 4.88 metres long.
  • The bay has a slope front to back of 1:25 and from left to right of 1:20.
  • Vehicle access from: Winthrop Avenue
  • Pedestrian access:
    • There is a small speed hump between the rear of the bay and the path that leads to the seating area of the Sunken Garden.
    • The path to the Sunken Garden is slabs.
Accessible parking bay Slab path that leads to the Sunken Garden
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External access and entrance
  • The Sunken Garden has paths leading to it from the surrounding University grounds.
  • There is directional signage to the Garden and all approaches require pedestrians to negotiate compact earth and grass paths to the upper levels of the garden, or steps down to the lower levels of the garden.
  • There is a steep ramp down to the lower level of the garden, off the path in front of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.  The ramp does not have handrails.
Shallow steps without handrails to the garden
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Internal area
Tiered Seating
  • One part of the garden has a semi circular tiered seating area from which to view performances, or as a casual seating area at other times.
  • Access to the tiered seating is either down the slab path from the accessible parking bay or from the University paths from the Administration building.
  • People can go down to the lower garden area either by the steps adjacent the tiered seating, or down the tiers. There are no handrails.
  • There is a slab surface at the upper area of the tiered seating, set aside as a wheelchair seating area during performances. This is a level and even surface, close to the accessible parking bay and related path.
Lower area
  • The lower area, which is popular for weddings, is located across grass and down shallow steps off the path closest to the Administration building.
  • Alternatively access is down a steep and curved ramp, off the pathway in front of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.
  • This paved ramp is 1.7 metres wide.
  • The upper section is 20 metres long with gradients between 1:11 and approximately 1:6.
  • The lower section is 7 metres long with gradients that exceed 1:8. There is a small landing between the upper and lower ramp.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • This lower area is shaded.
View from the lower garden up to the tiered seating Steps next to the tiered seating Slab surface next to the tiered seating, suitable for wheelchair seating Shallow steps down to lowered section Lowered section Upper ramped section down to the lower paved section Lower section of ramp
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Closest accessible toilet
Unisex Accessible Toilet, Winthrop Hall, Crawley

Information collected by: City of Subiaco

Care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this information however no guarantee is given that the facility is fully accessible. Please advise the You're Welcome WA coordinator at the Disability Services Commission of any access changes since publication.