Running 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 12pm on Saturdays from Subiaco train station and looping through Shenton Park and Kings Park, the Subiaco Tram (or ‘Ruby’ as locals affectionately call her) is a fun day out with kids. Departing every hour on the hour, you can jump on and off at any time and mix it up with a stop over at one of several playgrounds or an ice cream and snack.
Back in the early 1900s before cars were common, trams were the transport of choice and only came to an end in 1958. The ‘tram’ we see today was made in the 1990s and before being retired, ran routes from Kings Park to Burswood and UWA. It was only brought back into action in Subiaco in 2018.
The tram runs from Subiaco Station down Rokeby Road all the way through to Shenton Park in about 30 minutes, then returning to the starting point in an hour. The tram doesn’t have ‘stops’ as such; instead, you just hold out your hand and hail it at any point along the route.
Along the way, you’ll see many historical sites amongst the greenery, such as the Old Tea Pavilion in Kings Park and the Fallen Soldiers Memorial alongside Rankin Garden. Other notable sites where you could hop off are Lake Jualbup in in Shenton Park, featuring a lake for a peaceful stroll and a kid’s playground, the Theatre Gardens, and of course, Kings Park, where you can walk across the treetop glass arched walkway. Here’s the complete map:
The tram operates completely free of charge thanks to volunteer drivers and ‘friends of the tram’ who provide sponsorship. If you are interested in volunteering, head to their website here.
Photos courtesy of #MilesTweediePhotography