Beaufort Street

Beaufort Street is a major road in the inner north-eastern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia, connecting the Morley area to the Perth central business district. For most of its length, it is a single-carriageway, two-way road with two lanes in each direction.

Beaufort Street

View south-west, in Mount Lawley
General information
Length6 km (3.7 mi)
Route number(s) State Route 53
Major junctions
Southwest end Wellington Street (State Route 65), Perth
Northeast endCul-de-sac near Coode Street, Bedford
Major suburbsHighgate, Mount Lawley, Inglewood

Since 2011, the street has played host to the community focused Beaufort Street Festival. In 2013, over 120,000 people attended the festival, making it one of Perth's largest street festivals.[1]

Route description

Beaufort Street begins at Wellingtion Street in the Perth CBD, continuing north from Barrack Street. It heads northeast towards the Morley area, terminating in a cul de sac near Coode Street. Another section of Beaufort St runs between Coode Street and Drake Street. It is part of State Route 53, which connects Riverside Drive in Perth, near The Bell Tower, to Gnangara Road in Lexia, at the northern edge of Whiteman Park.

Beaufort Street is a popular shopping and eating strip, especially in Mount Lawley and Inglewood. The Astor Cinema is also on Beaufort Street.

It is one of the most heavily patronised bus corridors in Perth, served by Transperth's most frequent suburban bus route 950 and limited stops route 66 for its entire length, and by routes 67 and 68 between Perth and Grand Promenade, Bedford.[2][3]


Beaufort Street has existed since at least 1848.[4] The road was macadamised in 1870.[5] The road was initially built to service the Mount Lawley area in the early 19th century.

In 1907, work began on reconstructing the Beaufort Street Bridge, which connected the road to Wellington Street over the railway line.[6]

In 1929, the Town Planning Commission viewed Beaufort Street to be an important arterial road in the future, and agreed with the Bayswater Road Board's plans to extend the road through to Collier Road by resuming land.[7]

Between Wellington Street and Brisbane Street, it was a one-way road, as the continuation of Barrack Street, with southbound traffic directed along Brisbane Street onto William Street.[8] From 7 April 2013, two-way traffic was reintroduced along Beaufort Street. The project also introduced part-time bus lanes, operational (in one direction) during peak times, and available for parking at other times.[9]

Beaufort Street was widened between Central Avenue, Ingelwood and Queens Crescent, Mount Lawley. The project was expected to take ten months to complete, from July 2013 to April 2014. Beaufort Street's intersection with Central Avenue was also upgraded, with additional turning lanes and modified traffic light signals.[10] The works enabled the road lanes to be reconfigured as one bus priority lane plus one traffic lane in each direction. A new central median island prevents right turns at most locations along the road.[11]

Major intersections

See also

Australian Roads portal


  1. "Beaufort Street Festival". Beaufort Street Network. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  2. Eastern 106 timetable Archived 14 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Transperth, effective 7 September 2014. Accessed 2013-01-28
  3. Bus Timetable 202 Archived 14 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Transperth, effective 7 September 2014. Accessed 2014-10-09
  4. "Meeting of Perth Town Trust". Inquirer (Perth, WA : 1840 - 1855). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 5 July 1848. p. 3. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  5. "City Council". The Inquirer & Commercial News (Perth, WA : 1855 - 1901). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 23 November 1870. p. 3. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  6. "NEW BEAUFORT STREET BRIDGE". The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 15 March 1907. p. 8 Edition: SECOND EDITION. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  7. "IMPORTANT ARTERY". The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 16 August 1929. p. 5 Edition: HOME FINAL EDITION. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  8. Department of Land Information. StreetSmart Perth Street Directory (54th ed.). West Australian Newspapers Ltd. pp. Map 343/373. ISBN 978-0-909439-67-5.
  9. "Beaufort Street two way traffic project". City of Perth. 4 April 2013. Archived from the original on 9 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  10. Offer, Kaitlyn (4 July 2013). "Beaufort Street in Inglewood braces for ten months of traffic pain". Perth Now. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  11. "Queens Crescent to Sixth Avenue Mt Lawley". Beaufort Street Transport Corridor. City of Stirling. 2013. Archived from the original on 7 September 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.

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