Courtney Allan

Domestic Travel

Perth council steps in as tourists head to this famous spot

Perth council steps in as tourists head to this famous spot

This simple blue boat shed is very popular with tourists and it has quickly become the most photographed building in Perth.

Naturally, it’s created a very expensive problem for the local council.

The Crawley Edge Boat Shed on the Swan River has become an international hit on Instagram, with influencers flocking to the building for photos.

“There has been an increase over the past few years of visitors to this area, with tour buses as well as self-driven visitors stopping here for photo opportunities,” Perth City Council noted in its minutes from the May 28 meeting.

“The closest public facility is located at the Narrows Gardens which is 2.4 kilometres away.”

Getting to the boat shed isn’t easy, as tourists have to cross Mounts Bay Road to reach the shed.

Once they get to the shed, there’s not much there for them apart from a nearby restaurant, who has complained about visitors being rude and verbally abusive, according to

The local council has decided to build a toilet, which is at a cost of $400,000. The toilet is looking to be Perth’s first solar-powered toilet which will cost $20,000 each year to maintain.

“The construction of the proposed facility, with appropriate signage at strategic locations, will allow visitors to the area the respite they need, without exhausting the current business facility’s capacity,” the council said.