St Georges Terrace

St Georges Terrace (colloquially known as "The Terrace")[2] is the main street in the city of Perth, Western Australia. It runs parallel to the Swan River and forms the major arterial road through the central business district.

St Georges Terrace

View west along St Georges Terrace from Barrack Street
General information
Length1.6 km (1.0 mi)[1]
Major junctions
East end
  • Adelaide Terrace
  • Victoria Avenue
West end
  • Malcolm Street
  • Elder Street
Major suburbsPerth
Old Treasury Buildings on St Georges Terrace

Its western end is marked by the Barracks Arch near Parliament House across the Mitchell Freeway; the eastern end joins Adelaide Terrace at the intersection with Victoria Avenue.


St Georges Terrace was named after St George's Cathedral. Originally, houses occupied by clergy of the cathedral and lay clerks of the cathedral choir constituted a substantial portion of the Terrace. Some of these houses such as The Deanery remain, however the majority of these were demolished in the 1960s. The apostrophe was removed[3]:22 from the name in the 1980s.


The level of St Georges Terrace is in effect at the top of a ridge, where the short roads that descend southerly towards Perth Water all provide views of the Swan River, including Barrack Street, Sherwood Court, Howard Street, William Street, Mill Street and Spring Street.


The main streetscape between Barrack Street and William Street in the 1930s and 1940s constituted considerable uniformity of design and building height. By the late 1970s removal of significant older buildings for taller more modern buildings changed this permanently. Perth's earlier tallest buildings were located on St Georges Terrace, including the Colonial Mutual Life building (tallest building in Perth from 1936 to 1962),[4] subsequent tallest buildings were: Citibank House (37 St Georges Terrace, 1962 until 1970; it was then known as the T & G Building),[5] Parmelia House (191 St Georges Terrace, 1970 to 1973), 140 St Georges Terrace (AMP Building, 1975 to 1976), Allendale Square (77 St Georges Terrace, 1976 to 1977), St Martins Tower (44 St Georges Terrace, 1978 to 1988), BankWest Tower (108 St Georges Terrace, 1988 to 1992) and Central Park (152-158 St Georges Terrace, tallest since 1992).

A number of other buildings are along the road:


Set into the footpath along the street are a series of commemorative plaques honouring notable figures in Western Australia's history. Originally 150 plaques were installed in 1979, as part of the WAY '79 celebrations,[6][7] marking the state's 150th year of European settlement. Since then, additional plaques have been added, so that there was one for each year from 1829 to 1999.[8][9] In 2014, the 1959 plaque, commemorating Rolf Harris, was removed after Harris was convicted of sexual assault.[10][11]


PerthPerth00.0Adelaide Terrace / Victoria AvenueTraffic light controlled; Victoria Avenue is one-way northbound north of intersection; St Georges Terrace continues east as Adelaide Terrace
0.250.16Irwin StreetTraffic light controlled; Irwin Street is one-way southbound
0.40.25Pier StreetTraffic light controlled; no right turn from St Georges Terrace westbound onto Pier Street
0.50.31Cathedral Avenue
0.60.37 Barrack Street (State Route 53)Traffic light controlled; no right turn from St Georges Terrace eastbound to Barrack Street southbound or Barrack Street southbound to St Georges Terrace westbound
0.70.43Sherwood CourtSherwood Court is one-way southbound; left turn from St Georges Terrace westbound onto Sherwood Court only
0.80.50Howard StreetHoward Street is one-way southbound; left turn from St Georges Terrace westbound onto Howard Street only
0.90.56 William Street (State Route 53)Traffic light controlled; no right turn from St Georges Terrace westbound to William Street northbound or William Street southbound to St Georges Terrace westbound
1.10.68King StreetKing Street is one-way northbound
1.10.68Mercantile LaneLeft-in/left-out from St Georges Terrace westbound
1.20.75Mill StreetTraffic light controlled
1.40.87Milligan Street / Mount StreetTraffic light controlled; no right turn from Mount Street to St Georges Terrace eastbound or Milligan Street to St Georges Terrace westbound
1.60.99Malcolm Street / Elder StreetTraffic light controlled; Elder Street is one-way southbound; St Georges Terrace continues west as Malcolm Street
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also

 Australian roads portal

Further reading

  • Austen, Tom (1988) The Streets of Old Perth St George Books. ISBN 0-86778-038-X
  • Edmonds, Jack (editor) (1979) Swan River colony : life in Western Australia since the early colonial settlement, illustrated by pictures from an exhibition mounted by West Australian Newspapers Ltd. as a contribution to celebrations for the state's 150th year Perth: West Australian Newspapers.ISBN 0909699208
  • Stannage, C. T (1979) The people of Perth : a social history of Western Australia's capital city Perth: Carroll's for Perth City Council. ISBN 0-909994-86-2


  1. "St Georges Terrace". Google Maps. Retrieved 30 October 2022.
  2. "St Georges Terrace". Visit Perth. City of Perth. Archived from the original on 18 March 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  3. "Policies and Standards for Geographical Naming in Western Australia" (PDF). Landgate. Midland, Western Australia: Geographic Names Committee, Landgate, Government of Western Australia. 11 February 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2022. In all cases of topographic features, localities and roads which have been named in the past containing an element that has historically been written with a final –„s or –s‟, the apostrophe is to be removed completely, e.g. St Georges Terrace, Gentles Corner, Keanes Point.
  4. "Perth's Highest Building". Western Mail. Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 29 October 1936. p. 2 Supplement: The Western Mail. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  5. "Citibank House, Perth". Emporis. Archived from the original on 9 March 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2008.
  6. "Read a Story - William Backshall". Immigration Place Australia. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  7. "The Dictionary of Western Australians 1829 to 1914". Rica Erickson website. Library and Information Service of Western Australia. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  8. St Georges Terrace Commemorative Plaques 1829-1989 (PDF), City of Perth, June 2003, retrieved 8 November 2015
  9. City of Perth St. Georges Terrace Commemorative Plaques for 1990-1999 (PDF), City of Perth, 10 June 2009, retrieved 8 November 2015
  10. "Perth removes plaque dedicated to Rolf Harris following UK conviction". The Weekend Australian. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  11. "Rolf Harris plaque removed from Perth CBD". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2019.

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