Civic Centre Grounds

The Civic Centre grounds is public space, often booked for private and public events.

Members of the public are welcome to explore the grounds, however, they must respect any weddings or private events taking place.

The grounds offer free use of barbeque facilities, with no booking required for intimate family gatherings or picnics. Alcohol is not permitted in the Civic Centre grounds.

View a map of the Civic Centre Grounds

For bookings:

Location          Cottesloe Civic Centre, 109 Broome Street, Cottesloe
Parking           Free untimed parking on Napier Street
Public Toilet   Public toilets are located on the Napier Street side of the Main Lawn
Facilities         Children’s playground on the south side of the Civic Centre (access from southern gate on Broome Street)
Amenities       Playground, grassy areas, barbecue on the Main Lawn, seating, bins, water fountain
Access             Path/driveway from the front of the Civic Centre and stairs from Napier Street
Suitable for   Family-friendly outing | Picnics 

Main Lawn and Main Lawn Stage

The Main Lawn is the largest lawn area in the Civic Centre grounds. It is used regularly for wedding ceremonies, receptions and community events. The main lawn is the only area of the grounds that has BBQs available for public use. The stonework of the stage creates a beautiful setting for special occasions.

Secret Garden

The Secret Garden (also known as Playground 2) is a smaller lawn area nestled into the lower leafy section of the grounds. Access to the Secret Garden can be taken from the grand staircase, a popular spot for photography. These gardens are no longer a well-kept secret.


Sunken Lawn

The Sunken lawn is regularly used for smaller wedding receptions and corporate events. The intimate feel of the lawn section creates an exclusive section of the grounds for guests. This area of the grounds is closely linked to the Civic Centre building and toilets and parking is easily accessible.


Rotunda at the Civic Centre


The Rotunda, also known as the 'Summer House', has been restored to its former glory. A peaceful and protected area that overlooks the playground.



Civic Centre Playground

Civic Centre Playground

The Civic Centre Playground (often referred to as Playground 1) is located on the southern border of the grounds and offers a range of traditional play equipment inside the safe confines of a fence.


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Lower Lawn

The vast open space of the lower lawn offers ocean glimpses and a quiet space to relax in the western most point of the gardens.