Welcome to the Fremantle Markets! Established in 1897, the Fremantle Markets are much more than a must see destination. They are an icon; an enticing collection of all that makes Fremantle so fantastic. Watch the eclectic mix of locals and tourists. Smell the unique aromas of fresh produce and exotic flavours. See the fascinating fusion of music, art and culture.
Experience over 100 years of remarkable heritage, and sense the atmosphere that is distinctly Fremantle.
‘Step inside and do time’ at Fremantle Prison, one of Western Australia\'s premier visitor attractions.
The Prison was built by convicts in the 1850s and was continually used as a place of incarceration and punishment for almost 140 years. Decommissioned as an operating maximum-security gaol in 1991, the empty prison with its thick limestone walls, solitary cells and gallows is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent.
Visitors are entertained daily by experienced guides on Prison Day Tours that run every 30 minutes between 10am and 5pm.
Adventurous visitors can explore the labyrinth of tunnels 20m beneath the Prison by foot and by boat on a Tunnel Tour from 9am daily.
Brave visitors can delve into the darker side of the Prison’s history on a spooky Torchlight Tour every Wednesday and Friday evening.
Prison Day Tour - adult $17.50 child $9
Tunnels Tour - adult $59 child $39
Torchlight Tour - adult $23 child $13
The Western Australian Museum provides an insight into Western Australias history and environment. Situated in Perths cultural precinct and close to public transport facilities, the Museum offers a wide range of permanent and travelling exhibitions.
International exhibitions and MuseumLink displays and events enhance the Museums permanent displays. Absorb the atmosphere and enjoy the contemporary, historical and cultural exhibits.
Eagles heritage is a home to permantly disabled birds of prey and owls which had been handed in and cared for by volunteers.
When you visit eagles heritge, your admission and purchases help them to continue there work in the area of wildlife conservation. The public face of Eagles Heritage is the 1km walk, where visitors can view many different species of native Australian raptor, and the twice daily flight displays, showcasing the natural behaviours and abilities of our beautiful birds.
Now fully restored, the Gaol is a complex of men’s cell blocks and some warders\' quarters, built in 1852 for Imperial convicts shipped to WA as artisans and skilled labourers.
Women’s cells, the Great Hall and more warders\' quarters were constructed of brick between 1872 and 1875. At this time the complex was also used as a colonial prison.
The Gaol was last used as a police lockup in the Great Depression of the 1930s. Extensive restoration from 1989 to 1996 returned the Gaol\'s condition to its original state. Cells, warders\' quarters and the Great Hall contain displays pertinent to the times and usage of these stark quarters.
Lovers of old buildings will be inspired by the free style interpretation of classical architecture evident in the Fremantle Town Hall. Home to the tourist office on the ground floor, it is a great spot to start your walking tour of Fremantle. The Italian-style architecture was designed by the well-known Melbourne architects Grainger and D'Ebro with a richly decorated tower and steep mansard roof, the building also features a black swan which is the emblem of Western Australia. Officially opened in 1887, it has been fully restored to its original grandeur.
Fremantle is a thriving cultural hub with a diversity of beautiful buildings with richly decorated façades. Wander the streets and enjoy historic sites such as the Roundhouse, Fremantle Prison and The Markets.
Just a thirty minute drive or train ride from the City, Fremantle Town Hall is an important icon of Western Australia’s history.
The Fremantle War Memorial, located at Monument Hill in Fremantle, is surrounded by beautiful rose gardens and well maintained lawns. It offers almost 360-degree views of Fremantle, and is an ideal vantage point to look out over Fremantle Harbour and Garden Island.
Take some time out to relax on the lawns and enjoy the view whilst you reflect the true meaning of the memorial and appreciate the meaningful architecture.
Designed by architects J F Allen and C H Nicholas, it is constructed out of Toodyay Stone and was built and unveiled in 1928. A time capsule was placed in the monument on the day of unveiling.
Surrounded by an eleven acre reserve, the main memorial is encircled on three sides by eight smaller memorials. The memorial commemorates World War I and II, the Korean War, Malayan Emergency and Vietnam War.
The Museum houses a number of galleries that explore Western Australia’s relationship with the sea.
From leisure boats, pearling luggers and handcrafted sailing boats through to the winning America’s Cup yacht, Australia 11, visitors will be inspired by these iconic vessels and Western Australia’s rich maritime heritage.
The Oberon class submarine – HMAS Ovens – is another major attraction with daily tours by experienced guides (fee applies).
Make your visit memorable by going underground with a retired miner, marvel at the gold pour demonstration, strike gold in the panning ponds, explore the galleries and exhibits and take a relaxing stroll through the Chinese Garden of Remembrance.
Venture 36 metres underground with a retired miner. Experience what it was like for the original miners, who worked with a pick, shovel wheelbarrow and winch during.
Watch a gold pour demonstrations in the original 1920s Paringa Mine Gold Room.
Exploring the past by wandering through the historic precinct. Wander into the National Bank, Duketon Hotel and the miners' huts.
Try your luck at finding a nugget at the gold panning ponds. By the end of the day you may not have struck it rich but you may have got the bug - gold fever.
See the fully restored locomotives from the BHP Iron Ore railway at the Don Rhodes Mining and Transport Museum in Port Hedland. Be in awe of the ingenuity of the road, rail and transport technology which facilitated the significant industrial growth in the East Pilbara during the last century.
The Western Australian Cricket Association is the home of cricket in Western Australia and through the WACA Museum displays the history of cricket and other sports played at this famous ground.
Visitors to the WACA Museum can see exhibits dedicated to the greats of Western Australian cricket in theme rooms including The Centenary of Federation Room, The International Room, The Bat Room, The Local History Room, The Bradman Room and The Lest We Forget Room.
The WACA Museum collection holds significant cricket memorabilia from the great and sometimes infamous moments in cricket history including the “Underarm Ball” controversy.
Get a fantastic insight into York's history with a visit to our superb Residency Museum - an ideal way to soak up some of York's great atmosphere and find out fascinating stories about local people and places.
The museum is full of lively, colourful new exhibitions, professionally designed and covering a diverse range of themes.
An amazing Wagyl or Rainbow Serpent mural welcomes you and introduces the cultural heritage of the local Ballardong Noongar people. Special places and their traditional meanings are described and illustrated through photographs and words from a Ballardong Elder.
The Western Australian Museum — Shipwreck Galleries is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere.
The Museum is housed in 1850s-era Commissariat building and has since been restored to its historic glory. Steeped in history, the galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along WA’s treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh plate, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.
The Australian Sailing Museum, incorporating the America’s Cup Museum, is open Monday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm and is located on the Boardwalk, Ormsby Terrace, City of Mandurah, Western Australia; the southern gateway to the exciting Mandurah Ocean Marina.
This fully interactive museum provides the WOW factor. You’ll be able to spend a day smooth sailing around the displays, enjoy light meals and refreshments as well as purchase from our museum store.
he Kalamunda History Village is a museum depicting the unique hills life and industries in the early years. It’s situated in the heart of Kalamunda, in the Darling Ranges of Perth, Western Australia.
Nestled amongst the trees, the Kalamunda History Village boasts two original station buildings (listed by National Trust), seven heritage buildings dating from 1895 and three purpose built buildings.
The human endeavour of timber cutting, orcharding, quarrying, transportation, services and life are presented in reality. These evocative displays are interactive and will fascinate all ages.
Senior groups and special interest groups can enjoy a guided tour, have a guess at the mystery item, hold a quiz or finish with a sing-a-long to old gramophone records. Bring your own morning tea and enjoy a break among the trees. Free entry for carers when accompanying a group.
See them fly at Eagles Heritage. Set on twenty nine acres of natural bushland, Eagles Heritage is Australia's largest wildlife centre dedicated to raptors (birds of prey and owls.) The public face of Eagles Heritage is the 1km walk, where visitors can view many different species of native Australian raptor, and the twice daily flight displays, showcasing the natural behaviours and abilities of our beautiful birds.
The Heritage Centre is more than a museum: it's filled with great activities for youth members to entertain and inform, and it's a gathering point for leaders and the general public interested in Scouting history in WA.
The Bayswater Historical Society has transformed Halliday House into a Heritage Centre and Museum. This 1890s home now contains past photos of the people and places of Bayswater, and memorabilia from the early part of the century.
The Railway Museum at Bassendean, Perth Western Australia is Western Australia's principal museum devoted to railway history. The collection is the only such one in Western Australia that aims to tell the story of all railways across the state - other collections focus on one aspect or a region.
The majority of the collection is from the former Government Railways, both WA and Commonwealth. However there are also items representative of the extensive timber lines and gold mines that operated in the state as well as the private lines such as the Midland Railway Company.
Heathcote Museum and Gallery is a dynamic multi-arts and cultural museum and gallery, located in the vibrant Heathcote Cultural Precinct.
Housed in Swan House, originally a hospital building that was part of the Heathcote Mental Reception Home, the Heathcote Museum and Gallery has a commitment to showing diverse work from people who see art and culture as an important part of their life.
As part of a vibrant precinct, the museum offers visitors an insight into the early importance of Point Heathcote and its vital role in the mental health facilities developed throughout Western Australia.
The gallery aims to nurture the production, enjoyment and understanding of diverse art through engaging programs, innovation and excellence.
Discover the charm and history of All Saints Church in Henley Brook, which is the oldest church in Western Australia. Taking three years to build by one of the early pioneers of the area, Richard Edwards, the church has been hosting services since 1841.
Wander around the quaint church and examine the craftsmanship of the early settlers. Walk through the cemetery and read the inscriptions on the gravestones of significant pioneers who developed the colony, including William Mackie, Frederick Irwin and John Connolly.
The site of the church holds great significance as it was here that Captain James Stirling camped in 1827. As stated on a sign at the entrance of the church grounds, “it was here the vision of a State arose in his heart and mind.”
All Saints is a popular tourist attraction for visitors touring the Swan Valley. After exploring the charming church, relax on the banks of the Swan River, which flows behind the church. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the tranquil setting. All Saints Church is in Henley Brook, 30 minutes drive northeast of Perth.
Avondale is located on land originally assigned in the 1830's to the first Governor of the Swan River Colony, Captain James Stirling RN, and Harbour Master Mark Currie RN.
Several wealthy owners during the 19th century saw Avondale grow to over 5260 hectares in size.
In 1910, Avondale was purchased by the Lands Department. After the Great War, most of Avondale was subdivided and sold to returned soldiers as repatriation farms.
The remaining homestead block of 705 hectares faced an uncertain future for several years, until it was vested in the Department of Agriculture in 1924.
Opened on September 13th, 1998, the award-winning Bibbulmun Track is one of the world's great long distance walk trails, stretching nearly 1000km from Kalamunda (Perth hills) to Albany (south coast) through the heart of the scenic south west of Western Australia.
The Bibbulmun Track caters for everyone and provides a variety of experiences from a gentle stroll to an 8 week adventure. You can turn a walk into a wilderness experience by making use of purpose built campsites,
each with its own three sided timber shelter, water tank and bush toilet; you can join a guided group or you can enjoy the varied accommodation available along the Track.
The Holy Trinity Church and School Community in Perth was registered on the 4th of September, 1953. The setting stone for the Church Hall was placed by the Russian archpriest Sergije on the 8th of January 1955. The centre was built through donations and was blessed on the 1st of July 1956 by the monk Georgije (Djonlic).
Established in 1907, the Midland Town Hall is one of the City's most recognisable buildings, full of historical charm and ambience. Located at the corner of Great Eastern Highway and Old Great Northern Highway, the building is a perfect function venue.
The main hall has a capacity to hold 291 people or 180 in a cabaret style setting and features a fully functional stage area with lighting grid, backdrop and an extendable stage if required, as well as a commercial kitchen on site and easy access off Great Eastern Highway.
Echoes invites you to embark on a Journey of exploration and discovery for your health and well-being.
Inspired by the ancient wisdoms of indigenous cultures from around the world, Echoes will transport you to a timeless place of peace and deep relaxation that will both cleanse and refresh, bringing new energies to your body.
Echoes Logo represents the connectivity between God, Creation and Earth, and Body, Mind and Spirit. There is a circle encompassing our gold centre which represents the eternal nature of these.
As our name suggests, we are an “echoe of ancient wisdom”. Our vision is to awaken society to the wisdom of ancient cultures and deliver the ancient sounds of healing to the body mind and spirit.
Welcome to the official website of the Hugh Manning Tractor & Machinery Museum Inc. This website has been created to share our collection of vintage tractors (over 60) and machinery (over 60) with people from all over the world. Most of our collection of tractors and machinery have been restored to excellent working condition, after having served the farming community in the state of Western Australia from the early 1900's.
If you're in the neighbourhood, please drop in to see our collection up close and experience the history of rural Australia.
An interesting collection of memorabilia from our early days, plus costume displays. The displays cover many aspects of our local history, and are changed periodically.
Also available for viewing at no extra charge - microfilm of local newspapers from 1952 thru to 1994 and microfiche of births 1841-1905, deaths 1906-1953, marriages 1906-1930 and Rockingham rate books 1904-1963. Researchers, students and general public welcome.
Welcome to the official web presence of the Motor Museum of Western Australia located in pituresque Whiteman Park.
Whether you are a motoring enthusiast or simply interested in local history you will find something of interest in the Museum. We have a range of cars and motorcycles from the early 20th century through to the present.
Some vehicles have a local historic story attched to them and others are rare examples that you will only find in a few select locations around the world.
In addition you will also find a range of models, memorbilia, club newsletters and manuals relating to the automotive industry. We have a small lounge where you can sit and browse through the books, magazines and newsletters.
This is a Museum run by the public for the public and is regarded by many curators around Australia as a leading example of Motor Museums.
So next time you are in Whiteman Park make the time to visit us near the main village, and if you visit Western Australia, then a trip to Whiteman Park is worthwhile effort. There are many other attractions and activities for the family other than the Motor Museum. So make a day of it and visit Whiteman Park, just be sure to include the Motor Museum in your itinerary of activities at the Park.
You can buy chocolate online, or visit our factory 7 days a week (10am till 5pm). If you love chocolate, you’ll be sure to find what you want here!
We make over 300 chocolate products for you to enjoy. You can watch our multi-award winning chocolates being handmade from our viewing gallery while enjoying our free chocolate samples. You can buy chocolate bars, chocolate novelties, chocolate truffles & pralines, chocolate enrobed specialties, fudge & much more!
We offer a family friendly atmosphere with plenty of parking. Come and see how the chocolate is made - schools and other groups are welcome. Chocolate presentations are available on request. Entry is free!
Sports fans will be enthralled with the extensive collection of cricket and other sports memorabilia housed in the Western Australian Cricket Association Museum in East Perth. Walk through the rooms of a converted residence situated next to the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) cricket grounds to learn about all about the WACA's 111 year history and see memorabilia from all around Australia. See the notorious underarm ball that was bowled by Trevor Chappell in a test match against New Zealand. View the large collection of cricket bats used over the past century. Visit the Sir Donald Bradman Room to discover more about this legend of cricket as well as other names synonymous with the game including Dennis Lillee, Rodney Marsh and Adam Gilchrist. Pick up a memento of your visit in the well stocked gift shop. Whether it is a photograph of one of Western Australia's cricket greats in action, signed sports memorabilia or an Australian tour shirt, there is a large selection to tempt any cricket fan. The museum is open Monday to Friday between 10am and 3pm. If your visit falls between Tuesday and Thursday ensure you take the comprehensive 90 minute tour of the WACA grounds.
The Greenough Museum is located 405 kilometres north of Perth on the Brand Highway and just 19 kilometres south of Geraldton. This area of the Midwest is known as the Front Greenough Flats and is a unique landscape (look out for the famous leaning trees) encapsulating its history and rural activities. The Greenough Museum is a carefully restored two storey homestead set in beautiful, shady gardens. The homestead was built between 1862 and 1880 for John S Maley, miller, storekeeper, hotel proprietor, entrepreneur and father of 14 children. Greenough Museum fact sheets are also available in German, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian and Japanese. Guided group tours are available on request. For group booking discounts please phone the Greenough Museum directly.
A visit to the Goldfields War Museum will be an enriching experience for anyone with an interest in Australia's history and warfare. Housing a vast collection of war memorabilia from citizens of the Goldfields, you will need several hours to explore all the museum has to offer. Children will enjoy the novelty of dressing up in camouflage to have their photograph taken. Walk through the exhibition and discover the significant involvement residents of the town had during the Boer War, World Wars I and II and the Vietnam War. Examine photographs and documents to gain an in-depth understanding of the wars. Make your way outside to see an extraordinary collection of war vehicles and machinery including a tank, gun carrier and cannon. To gain an even greater insight, take an educational guided tour of the museum; though make sure you make prior arrangements as tours are run by appointment only. The Goldfields War Museum is located in the historic town of Boulder, seven hours drive east of Perth. The town of Boulder and nearby Kalgoorlie offers a plethora of fascinating attractions.
The Busselton Museum is housed in the town's Old Butter Factory and is the largest museum outside of the Perth metropolitan area. Allow as much time as possible to meander through the buildings of the museum to examine the vast array of historical collections on offer. The museum provides an insight into the history of Busselton and significant events that helped shape the town. Walk through the old group settlement home and school to get an idea of how life would have been for settlers in the 19th century. Examine the antiques, photographs and furniture from that era. Listen to old records on the gramophone and marvel at the beautiful garments worn over 100 years ago. Visit the boiler room and creamery to see machinery used to produce butter and cheese. Time your visit during Historic Weekend in January and you can experience live butter making demonstrations and sheep shearing. The museum is open every day of the week except for Tuesdays, and can be found in the heart of Busselton, a charming coastal town just two and a half hours south of Perth.
Discover the intriguing story of the legendary Aboriginal tracker and outlaw, known as Pigeon, on the self guided Pigeon Heritage Trail. The trail starts in the North West town of Derby, and visits a number of sites that held significance in Pigeon's life. Visit the Pioneer Cemetery to see the gravestone of Constable Richardson, whom Pigeon murdered thereby creating his outlaw status. See the Old Derby Gaol and Boab Prison Tree where the local Aboriginal people were incarcerated. Allow three to four hours to explore the sites on this section of the trail. The second section of the heritage trail starts at Windjana Gorge, a two hour drive from Derby. It includes stops at the Lillimilura Police Station where the mutiny began and spectacular Tunnel Creek where the chase for Pigeon ended three years later. Stop in at the Derby Visitors Centre and collect a booklet about the Pigeon Heritage Trail and read up on the story of Pigeon before commencing your tour. The town of Derby is just over two hours drive east of Broome which is a two and a half hour flight from Perth.
This lovely old building is the original Katanning government school on the corner of Taylor and Cove Streets and now houses the Katanning Historical Museum. Built in 1899, the museum is full of interesting artefacts and quaint memorabilia along with some fascinating records of Katanning's early history. The Katanning Museum and Heritage Society volunteers have been the driving force in rescuing and preserving some of our most treasured and irreplaceable memories.
The Military Museum in the town of Merredin houses Western Australia's largest collection of restored military vehicles and equipment. Stroll around the museum to examine the vehicles that were used by the Australian Armed Forces during the two World Wars, as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars. Several vehicles are still in working order and have been proudly restored to their original state. View the masks and uniforms worn by the soldiers and the weaponry used to win many battles. Call the Merredin Visitor Centre in advance to organise an extremely informative guided tour around the museum. Purchase a detailed booklet at the museum about the extensive collection and various World War II sites and attractions within Merredin including the World War II hangars and Army General Hospital site. Merredin is the largest regional town in the Central Eastern Wheatbelt and is a three hour drive east of Perth. Various walking trails within Merredin and the surrounding region offer an opportunity to discover the magnificent countryside and several historic sites along the way.
A visit to the Potshot Monument near Exmouth in the state's north provides you with an opportunity to learn about one of the significant roles the West Australian coast played in World War II. Located on the site of Operation Potshot, the monument commemorates the use of the West Australian coast for the allied attacks on the Japanese. The United States (US) submarines used this area as a refuelling base and an airstrip was built for the fighting squadron until it was destroyed by a cyclone in 1945. Take a short drive from this significant site to see the breathtaking views of Shothole Canyon in Cape Range National Park. Enjoy a scenic drive through the park or tackle some of it on foot for a close up look at the spectacular wildflowers in bloom. Potshot Monument is located 20 minutes drive from Exmouth and 14 hours north of Perth.
Visit the impressive limestone sculpture of Sir John Forrest which sits in St Paul's Place in the heart of Bunbury. Sculpted in 1979 by Mark LeBuse, the monument was commissioned to coincide with the 150th year anniversary celebrations. Capture the unique sculpture on camera and read the commemorative plaque that lies beneath. Sir John Forrest was known as Western Australia's favourite son. He was a surveyor, explorer and politician who played a significant role in shaping the future of the country. Take a walk around St Paul's Place to view the site of St Paul's Anglican Pro-Cathedral which was demolished in 1963. Discover the significance this site held to Sir John, who attended the church and school that stood here before the cathedral was built. The Sir John Forrest Monument is easy to find on the corner of Victoria and Stephen Streets in Bunbury, which is a two hours south of Perth. Whilst in the historic town of Bunbury why not join the Heritage Trail walk. Depending on how much time you have you can take anywhere from two hours to two days to visit the fifty significant sites and historical buildings on the walk.
Francis Burt Law Education Centre and Museum is Perth's oldest remaining public building and was the most prominent building in the early days of the Swan River Colony. From 1965 to1987 it served as the Law Society offices. In 1987 the building was refurbished and opened to the public and named the Francis Burt Law Education Centre and Museum, a community education centre for legal history and one of the few law museums worldwide. Schools and community groups can arrange a variety of activities including Supreme Court viewing, District Court viewing, Magistrates Court viewing, legal education programs and Old Courthouse Museum tours.
The Goomalling Museum was once the Konnongorring School, a one teacher school, typical of the schools which serviced localised population between the years 1900 and 1940. The school room has been moved to Goomalling from its original site. It has been restored and furnished to typify the rural and isolated schools which were scattered throughout country districts, and now acts as the Goomalling Museum with a rare windmill display and old machinery display. Nestled in the north eastern section of the Avon Valley area, Goomalling is a two hour drive from Perth via either Northam or Toodyay.
The Goldfields Exhibition Museum is housed in the grand historic two storey former Wardens Court Building, which was erected in 1898. Wander through each of the rooms to view a range of fascinating displays including Aboriginal artefacts, photographs, models and authentic prospecting equipment. See one of the largest antique bottle collections in Western Australia. Bottles and glassware on display date from 300BC to the present day. The Goldfields Exhibition Museum will give you a greater understanding and appreciation of the lives of the Goldrush pioneers of the 1890s. The exhibits are testament to the discovery, growth, boom and decline of Coolgardie and the surrounding goldfields. Take time out to enjoy the free daily screenings of the BBC film 'Gold Fever', which complements the exhibition. Coolgardie is a six hour drive east of Perth, approximately 40 kilometres west of Kalgoorlie.
The Jaburara Heritage Trail is an insightful self guided walking discovery of the traditional inhabitants of the area, the Jaburara Aboriginal Tribe. It also highlights Karratha's recent history dating back to the 1860s. Discover the intriguing Aboriginal rock engravings and artefacts that are scattered across various Aboriginal sites. Over 10,000 engravings have been discovered which date back thousands of years. The walk also offers several picturesque panoramic lookouts across the town of Karratha and surrounding region. Informative plaques highlight the sights that are visible from the viewing platform. To extend your walk, there are several other trails that branch off the heritage trail offering more spectacular views and visits to less frequented Aboriginal sites. The walk is arduous with a number of steep hill climbs and descents and requires a good degree of fitness. The trail will take around three hours to complete, and it is recommended to wear appropriate footwear and take plenty of water. The trail commences at the water tanks that overlook Karratha. Karratha is a two hour flight north of Perth.
An extensive collection of railway memorabilia can be found at the Old Coolgardie Railway Station Museum including an old steam locomotive and the carriages that brought mining hopefuls to the goldfields. Discover the significance of the arrival of this railway to the region in the late 1800s. Stroll through the station imagining the difficult yet optimistic life of the town's residents, and learn how the gold was transported out of the region to sell to the world. Housing an extensive collection of railway relics, the museum will appeal to all train enthusiasts and history buffs. Whilst in the gold mining town of Coolgardie explore the plethora of historical sites on foot. The town captures the essence of the gold rush days for visitors by displaying detailed signs about all significant sites and locations of important events and discoveries throughout the town. Coolgardie is a six hour drive northeast of Perth and just 20 minutes from Kalgoorlie. A visit to the Super Pit in Kalgoorlie is also highly recommended.
The Royal Australian Air Force Association Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia is widely recognised as one of the best of its kind in Australia and indeed, the world. Tracing its origins back to 1959, the Museum draws its purpose from its parent body, the RAAF Association 'to foster aviation in every possible way to preserve our nation's proud aviation heritage'. Concentrating on Australian and West Australian aviation history the Museum houses more than 30 aircraft, pride of place goes to the Avro Lancaster, one of only 17 left in the world today. Other aircraft in the Museum's collection include a late model Spitfire, two Tiger Moths and a replica Bristol Tourer, the first aircraft to fly commercial flights in Australia. In addition the Aviation Heritage Museum has built up an extensive collection of documentary, photographic and other research resources over the 25 years it has existed. They are used by Museum staff in preparing displays and publications and are available by appointment to those researching aviation histories. The Aviation Heritage Museum is located in Bull Creek, a 20 minute drive south of Perth.
The award winning Swan Valley Heritage Cycle Trail is a 10 kilometre end to end, scenic cycle trail located in the heart of the Swan Valley, 25 minutes drive from the city of Perth, Western Australia. This easy Top Trail includes a series of sings that interpret the rich history, interesting characters and natural elements that allow you to appreciate the unique Swan Valley. Whilst you can start anywhere along trail, there are three main entry points, Guildford (at the Swan Valley and Visitor Centre), Maali Footbridge and West Swan Hall. The trail occasionally leaves West Swan Road (the main route) for quieter streets, to capture the many beautiful vistas of the Swan Valley. The trail passes many interesting places including fruit stalls, picnic spots, galleries, wineries and restaurants to name a few, so you will find many opportunities to stop, relax and enjoy an abundance of experiences. Often on a shared-use path, this trail takes a half day or less to complete and is suitable for riders of all ages and fitness levels. Bicycles can be hired in Perth city and transported by train to the start of the cycle in Guildford. Maps available form the Visitor Centre.
The Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage Museum captures the life of the early pioneers that operated the lighthouse in Carnarvon. It has been restored and provides an interesting look back at the lives led by the original lighthouse keepers during the 1900s, as well as providing some fascinating information about how the lighthouse operated. Forming part of the Carnarvon Heritage Precinct you can catch a ride on the Coffee Pot train along the One Mile Jetty and out over the Indian Ocean. For the walking enthusiast there is a three kilometre hike which will introduce you to much of the area's stunning wildflowers and wildlife. Descriptive information boards along the way will help you identify the various species. Whilst in the precinct allow some time to visit the longest jetty in the state's north, One Mile Jetty, and visit the Railway Museum. Carnarvon is a 10 hour drive north of Perth.
Built by Aboriginal prisoners in 1857, the Rottnest Museum building was originally a hayshed and granary. Today the museum displays provide a comprehensive coverage of the main features of the Island, including natural history, marine wrecks, European settlement, Aboriginal prisoners, communications and recreation. The pilot boathouse on Thomson Bay complements the museum displays. The Rottnest Island Museum also houses a wealth of historical photographs for you to view. The museum is located behind the Thomson Bay Settlement Shopping Mall.