We are proud to provide a new pop-up café named Bilya Café – providing visitors, local workers, and commuters with a great place to enjoy a coffee, a refreshing cool drink or a light snack. Located just near the playground, the café is open daily with the offering including takeaway hot drinks, smoothies, milkshakes, thickshakes, cool drinks and light snacks including cookies, muffins, wraps and toasties.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which Bilya Café is located, the Noongar people on Whadjuk Country, and their ongoing connection to this land, waters and community.
As we continue to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this region, local Noongar Elder, Bruce Loo from Bruce Loo Consultancy, was engaged to research historical links to appropriately name the café situated on Burswood Peninsula Matagarup. In consultation with cultural leaders, Bruce identified that the location of the café is part of Goonagar, Kakaroomup and Yoondoorup Islands which all make up the Matagarup, giving access to Beerloo from Joorolup. This saw him name the café, Bilya, which in Noongar language simply means ‘river’, representing the café’s location beside the Swan River, an area that has been a special gathering place for many generations.
Following the naming, Bruce worked closely with Western Australian Noongar artist, Linda Lee Loo, who created the café’s artwork to incorporate the story and history of this location into the piece. Through her artwork “Our River, Our Meeting Place” which can be seen on the exterior of the café, Linda depicts the meaning of this location to her ancestors and its ongoing significance today.
Nearby, Crown Perth, The Camfield and Optus Stadium also offer a variety of dining options.
We are delighted to provide this new amenity to the park for the benefit of the WA community and park patrons. For more information, head to Crown's website.