Where can you find the best historical places in Perth and WA? Read on below and find out.
Western Australia has a rich history and is full of historical places to visit with the kids. Even if you think your children might not be interested in visiting these historical venues, you may just be surprised!
Having visited the Fremantle Prison, for example, with my nephew, who was around seven at the time, I was amazed by how much he took in and how many questions he asked of our tour guide – even more questions that any of the adult participants! These places are truly fascinating and are a fantastic look into the past. If you’d like to know more about some of the historical centres of Perth and WA, read on.
Fremantle Fremantle has an overload of historical places to visit, including Fremantle Prison, the Army Museum, Monument Hill and two museums dedicated to its maritime history. You can read about more in detail below.
Fremantle Prison, Fremantle 1 The Terrace, Fremantle
Website Open: Daily 9am to 5pm
Cost: See the full list of prices here
See how prisoners lived within the walls of the Fremantle Prison, which was decommissioned as a functioning jail in 1991.
Take a tour of the prison and learn about the criminals who were housed there.
Army Museum of Western Australia Artillery Barracks, 2 Burt Street, Fremantle
Website Open: Wednesday to Sunday from 10:30am to 3pm (last entries at 1pm)
Cost: Private – Adults $12, concessions and children aged 4-17 years $9
Group Tours – Adults $13, concessions and children aged 4-17 years $10
The WA Maritime Museum is the home of several permanent exhibitions dedicated to WA’s maritime history.
It is also home to HMAS Ovens, an authentic Cold War-era vessel that visitors can climb aboard and see what life aboard a submarine is like (children must be over the age of 5 and all visitors must be capable of climbing a 9 metre high scaffold staircase and be of good health.)
The Shipwreck Galleries is a separate museum housing a large number of shipwreck artefacts, including those dedicated to the infamous Batavia mutiny of 1629.
Other places in Fremantle:
The Roundhouse, which is the oldest public building in WA.
Fremantle Arts Centre, which is said to be haunted!
Old Fremantle Town, which has a number of 19th Century buildings.
Guildford Guildford has a number of gorgeous old buildings that provide a look into the past. Some of the historical sites include:
The Old Colonial Gaol
The Swan Valley Visitors Centre
Claremont Claremont Meanders – Glimpsing the Past Website
Claremont has a fantastic, rich history that can be explored through the town’s heritage walking trails. You can collect a free map from the council office or download from the website.
The trails include Cobblers and Convicts, the Yargine Track, Trail of Memories and Rediscovering the Terrace.
Anzac Cottage, Mount Hawthorn 38 Kalgoorlie Street, Mount Hawthorn
Website Open: First Sunday of the month between 1pm and 4pm
Cost: Free entry, or a gold coin donation for afternoon tea
A unique war memorial that was originally built as a home for a wounded soldier, Private Cuthbert John Porter, who lived in the cottage for 48 years.
Private Porter’s granddaughter Ann now opens the museum on the first Sunday of the month from 1pm to 4pm for a tour and a talk.
Azelia Ley Homestead Museum, Hamilton Hill Manning Park, Davilak Avenue, Hamilton Hill
Website Open: Sundays between 1:30pm to 4:30pm
A beautifully preserved homestead that will take you on a look into life in the past.
Come and see a huge collection of furniture, art, clothing, photography, toys and other memorabilia.
You can also visit the Wagon House or take a walk along the Davilak Heritage trail.
Albany Albany is the oldest colonial settlement in WA and has a history of whaling. Albany also has links to the Anzac legend as it was the last port of call for troops departing Australia. There is plenty of history to be found in Albany, including the below.
National Anzac Centre
Denmark Heritage Rail Trail and Heritage Railway Bridge
Kalgoorlie Kalgoorlie is known for its history of gold mining in WA. There are some absolutely AWESOME places to visit in Kalgoorlie, and you can read more below.