Perth to spend $400K constructing a toilet for instagrammers

Posted on 14 June 2019

The Crawley Edge Boatshed has become somewhat of a landmark in Western Australia, much to the surprise of the local council. The small shed at the end of a pier is a 10-minute drive from the CBD and has been attracting masses of locals and tourists alike. Sunset is the most popular time to attend the site, with people politely lining up and waiting their turn to get that perfect, Instagram worthy snap.

Photo by @chereneo in Instagram

An unexpected consequence of what could be perceived as some harmless tourism is that the current infrastructure around the pier was not developed to accommodate for such high foot traffic. Parking is limited, so people resort to parking across Mounts Bay Road on residential streets and crossing the busy road during peak traffic hours. Nearby restaurant owners have also reported an increase in people needing to use their bathroom facilities that are not willing to make a purchase, causing tension. In some cases, visitors have become verbally abusive towards restaurant staff.


Perth’s city council met on May 28 to discuss the over tourism issue at the Crawley Edge Boatshed.

“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,” the council reported.


The council has resolved to construct the city’s first solar-powered toilet to service the area. Costs are projected to be around $401,280 during construction and a further $20,000 per year for maintenance. Works are set to commence shortly, with completion estimated by the end of August 2019.


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