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Albany's Historic Whaling Station

Experience the best day out on the amazing South Coast! History comes alive when you join a tour at Albany's Historic Whaling Station. Enjoy our Australian Wildlife Park & Regional Wildflower Garden.

  • Museums:Local History,Maritime
  • Open Days/times:9AM - 5PM

Details

  • Facilities:Cafe
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

Description

Visit the only complete whaling station tourism attraction in the world!

Albany’s Historic Whaling Station was the last operating station in Australia and provides a fascinating insight into Albany’s colourful past.  Recognised as a heritage site, the whaling station is an engaging and educational tourism attraction for all ages to enjoy.

Join our knowledgeable tour guides on a complimentary tour through the restored whale processing factory. Find yourself immersed in the sights and sounds of the whaling industry.  Enjoy short films within the converted whale oil tanks.  Climb aboard the Cheynes IV, the world’s only preserved Whalechaser ship; see our giant blue whale skeleton; enjoy our world-renowned marine animal art collection and view our precious scrimshaw art.  Visit our museum exhibits filled with authentic, whaling artefacts and memorabilia or relax in our café overlooking one of Albany’s most picturesque bays. 

Our unique, biodiverse location is also home to over a 100,000 species of native plants which are now displayed in our Regional Wildflower Garden.  Families can enjoy free BBQ’s in the gardens and learn about our friendly collection of native animals at our Australian Wildlife Park.  Join us for a memorable day on The Amazing South Coast.

Dardanup Heritage Park

Travel back in time with one of the finest collections of heritage items from our pioneering past.

  • Open Days/times:Wednesday & Sunday, 9:30am - 4pm
  • Museums:Farming,Local History,Military

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Sunday

Description

Located in Dardanup approximately 15 minutes from Bunbury in WA. This is a world class collection of working agricultural and industrial machinery from our pioneering past.

Gary Brookes's passion for collecting old machinery led to the establishment of the Park. Steam / Diesel sawmill, mill settlement, engines, tractors, dozers, horse drawn equip, military, memorabilia and much more.

The park is one of Australia’s finest collections of heritage items dedicated to our pioneers and the equipment they used to develop our state over the past 120 years. 

NOTE: This is a cash-only premises.

Denmark Historical Museum

An excellent display of photographs tells the story of Denmark from its beginning as a timber town, through its pioneer farming days and hardships of the Group Settlement scheme.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:THU 10AM - NOON, TUE THU & SUN 2PM - 4PM

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday,Tuesday,Thursday

Description

Greenbushes Discovery Centre

The Greenbushes Discovery Centre tells the story of human involvement with the environment.

  • Open Days/times:Open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm
  • Museums:Farming,Local History,Mining,Science

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

It houses interactive displays and unique games set in various themes namely Mining, Timber Milling, Community and Agriculture, all under the umbrella of 'The Land'. Open 10am to 2pm Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Experience the "Discovery Forest" interactive timber display or explore the "Discovery Decline" replica underground tunnel. Take a walk on the suite of walk trails and experience the natural environment and history of the area.

Take a walk along the "Heritage Amble" walk trail and play the Game, visiting the many historic sites identified along Blackwood Road. Enjoy the Heritage Amble as you take the journey in the footsteps of a fictional Greenbushes character as you play the Game.

The Centre is open for ad hoc tours or group tours, by prior arrangement, and provides a comfortable and relaxing venue for tour groups to stop and allow travellers to stretch their legs. The Discovery Centre is located at 38 Blackwood Road in Greenbushes, opposite the Heritage Park and is open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm or by prior arangement. Phone (08) 9764 3883.

Volunteers from the local community, who have an enormous amount of history to share, operate the Centre.

Harvey Dickson's Country Music Centre

Country music fans will be in heaven here! See memorabilia of days gone by and browse in the large record room, devoted to Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.

  • Museums:Farming,Local History,Other

Details

Description

Naturally Elvis features largely in the memorabilia collection.

See giant tree sculptures, sand sculptures and take in the country atmosphere.
 
Visit "Harvey's Shed" and see an amazing visual history of rural Australia.

Harvey Railway Station Musuem

Harvey Railway Station Museum is open to the public on the 1st, 3rd and Sunday of every month, 2pm - 4pm

  • Museums:Local History,Motoring
  • Open Days/times:SUN 2PM - 4PM

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday

Description

The railway line from Perth to Bunbury was completed in 1893 and soon afterwards the Railway Station was built. In 1936 the Railway Station was extended and the building improved with the addition of rustic weatherboards to the exterior and the roof tiled.

For many years the Railway Station was the central point of activity for the district. By 1987, with the introduction of the modern "Australind" train, the Railway Station was no longer needed and closed.

The Station now houses the Harvey Museum and is the only Railway Station remaining in the Shire of Harvey.

King Cottage Museum

Take a step back in time and experience what life was like in Bunbury during the late 1800s to 1950.

  • Open Days/times:Daily 10.30am - 12.30pm
  • Museums:Farming,Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Located close to the town centre of Bunbury, the King Cottage Museum is a living piece of our heritage. Come and discover what it was to be a pioneer in our city over 100 years ago. You will witness the lifestyle, tools, clothing and chores that people in that time were using or doing on a daily basis. There is a vast amount of memorabilia that has been donated by local families and preserved by volunteers.

Enjoy a guided tour of Bunbury's historic museum and see the displays, including costumes, farming implements and photographs.

Open everyday from 10:30AM to 12:30PM. Walk-in or book online.

Manjimup Timber And Steam Museums

The Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park, centrally located within the Manjimup town site, highlights the region's heritage.

  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday
  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access

Description

Take a step back in time inside the park's Age of Steam Museum, where you will find the restored 1907 Robey Cross Compound Engine.

The museum is stacked with information on steam trains and the role they played in Manjimup's timber industry and on the walls are numerous historic photographs from the old Tone River Mill.

While you are exploring the history of our town and its surrounding area take a walk through the Historical Hamlet, where you will find seven restored buildings that were operational within the town in the early 1900's.

Mount Barker Old Police Station Museum

Mount Barker has an incredibly rich historical heritage consolidated in our amazing old police station museum complex, making this a must see tourist attraction.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings
  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

Description

History

The original Old Police Station built was by convict labour in 1868. The mid 1880s saw the horse stables divided off as a lockup and a Court House office was added in 1919. Surrounded by magnificent lawns and gardens, the Plantagenet Historical Society opened the Cottage as a museum in 1968, furnishing it with artefacts donated by residents of the Shire.

The Old Police Station was occupied until 1908 when a new police station was constructed next door.

In 1971 the Pioneer Room was built to display more artefacts, in 1985 and 1987 the cottage and stables were restored and in 1994 the Napier Creek one-teacher school was moved to the museum. In 1997 the second Police Station and Court Room were acquired.

Other buildings include a reconstructed 1870s house built of hand split wooden slabs and a complete apple picking shed has been assembled in honour of that industry's historical contribution and his and her "thunder boxes".

Policing

Police duties included having a change of horses ready for the mail coach which operated from Albany to Perth. They also patrolled as far as Esperance (more than 400 kilometres) on horseback and other duties included census, weather reporting and mail deliveries.

Visiting The Museum

Arriving at the museum complex, visitors will be greeted with a range of main and out buildings all nested in beautiful landscaped gardens, with structures festooned in gorgeous and colourful creepers with delicate and aromatic flowers in season, giving very much a yesteryear village like experience.

Anyone visiting the museum complex, especially those with an interest in historical heritage should set aside a few hours. There is an incredible range of historical artefacts, information and images spread through numerous buildings.

Museum of the Great Southern

The Museum of the Great Southern provides exhibitions, public programs, educational programs and information on the unique natural and social history of the region.

  • Museums:Aboriginal,Local History,Natural History,State Museums
  • Open Days/times:10AM - 4PM

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday
  • Facilities:Free,Wheelchair Access

Description

Refurbished in July 2010, the refitted the Museum of the Great Southern overlooks picturesque Princess Royal Harbour, on the site of first European settlement in Western Australia.

The Museum of the Great Southern provides exhibitions, public programs, educational programs and information on the unique natural and social history of the region.

The Museum shares the stories of the indigenous Noongar people and the influence of Mokare, a young Noongar warrior, as well as the stories of the early settlers and convicts, and also explores the region's unique natural landscape, flora and fauna.

Nannup Historical Society

The Nannup Historical Society collects, classifies and preserves records relating to the history of Nannup and surrounding districts

  • Open Days/times:Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings
  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Wednesday,Friday

Description

The headquarters are open to the public Monday , Wednesday and Friday mornings displaying on a rotating basis some 2,500 photographs from the turn of the twentieth century to current times together with extensive archives covering Nannup district history such as the timber industry, electoral rolls from 1901, World War I and II enlistments, Police station staffing, old telephone and post office directories, burials at Nannup cemetery, family histories, plus memorabilia and artefacts.

Northcliffe Pioneer Museum

The Pioneer Museum has an outstanding collection of original items used by the Northcliffe Group Settlers more than 80 years ago.

  • Open Days/times:Open daily 10 am to 3 pm. Entry by donation. Other hours available by arrangement
  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The original Group 121 bush school, teacher’s cottage and hospital memorabilia bring back countless memories, and the large collection of family photographs is of special interest to those researching their family’s life in the 1920s.

The George Gardner exhibition in the Museum’s mill cottage displays aboriginal tools used within the past 8000 years, fossils 3000 million years old and 1200 rocks and minerals from around Australia and overseas.  The collection also includes the George Gardner  photographic record of all native wildflowers growing in the Northcliffe region.

The Robey  Engine, brought to Northcliffe in 1924 to help build the timber Group Houses, is also on display.

The Pioneer Museum and Machinery Shed, the electric barbecue and gazebo dedicated to the Northcliffe Pioneer Women are set in the spacious picnic grounds of Jubilee Park. They nestle beside the jarrah and karri Forest Park where several of the original tracks that hauled cut timber to the Northcliffe mill fifty years ago are today’s bushwalking trails, especially beautiful in the wildflower season.

Open daily 10 am to 3 pm. Entry by donation

Other hours available by arrangement

Pioneer Museum & Walkaway Railway Station Museum

Located in Walkaway, visitors with an interest in history will enjoy a visit to the Walkaway Museum which also houses extensive genealogy research. We are proud of our Pioneer Museum which houses one of the finest Australian folk displays housed in an historic setting. Find this treasure south of Geraldton on the Brand Highway.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings
  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday
  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access

Description

Pioneer Museum Pemberton

Step back in time and discover a full scale settlers hut along with artifacts and tools from a bygone era.

  • Museums:Local History

Details

Description

A fascinating tribute to the Pinoeers of the area. A wonderful collection of photos and mamorabilia to do with the birth of the town.

Princess Royal Fortress

The award winning National Anzac Centre is one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages. Located within Albany’s heritage listed Princess Royal Fortress, overlooking the harbour.

  • Museums:Local History,Military
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 9AM - 5PM

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Princess Royal Fortress is located on Mt Adelaide overlooking King George Sound in Albany. The fortress was established in 1893 to protect Albany and its harbour from the threat of invasion, acting as a deterrent until being decommissioned in 1956. Today the museum consists of restored original buildings, coastal gun emplacements and military displays and is open to the public from 9am to 5pm every day of the year, other than Christmas Day. Enjoy a family day out, learn more about Australia’s coastal defences and get up close and personal with the big guns.

 

The award winning National Anzac Centre is one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages.

Located within Albany’s heritage listed Princess Royal Fortress, and surrounded by stunning biodiversity, the centre overlooks the actual harbour from which over 41,000 men and woman departed Australia for the Great War.

Immerse yourself in the Anzac Legend and follow the personal stories of the men and women who served through state of the art technology, multimedia and historic artefacts. Follow the personal stories of the service men and women who served in the First World War, and leave with a sense of pride, and reflection on their sacrifices. The National Anzac Centre is open to the public from 9am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm, every day of the year, other than Christmas Day.

 

Replica Coal Mine

The mine was constructed in 1983 by the Collie Rotary Club to commemorate the centenary of the discovery of coal.

  • Open Days/times:9am-4pm, Monday-Friday. 9am-3pm, Saturday. 9am-2pm, Sunday. Guided tours by appointment.
  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

One of three very knowledgeable volunteers will take you through the mine and provide an insight into the mining industry and the working conditions of the early underground miners. All three are retired miners who have lived the life and therefore have many stories and anecdotes to make the experience much more rewarding.

Tours can be made by arrangement through the Collie Visitor Centre. The Replica Coal mine is attached to the Visitor Centre.

There is a self-guided option for those on a deadline, with interpretive panels and television screens that will give you a peek into the underground mining era. The Collie Rotary Club has also generously provided funding for this latest addition.

Entry fee $5 per adult, $2 per school-aged child. Family (2A+2C) $12, extra children $1.

Opening hours
9am-4pm, Monday-Friday. 9am-3pm, Saturday. 9am-2pm, Sunday. Guided tours by appointment.

South West Rail and Heritage Centre

South West Rail and Heritage Centre showcases the vintage machinery and railway rolling stock from a more gentle era. There is an operating blacksmith forge, a model railway and ongoing restoration.

  • Museums:Local History,Motoring
  • Open Days/times:Sundays Monthly

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday
  • Facilities:Cafe,Free

Description

The South West Rail and Heritage Centre is home to the iconic steam locomotive ,  Leschenault Lady.  Situated in the small town of Boyanup, the Centre has a significant collection of vintage  machinery, reflecting the agricultural history of the area.  

There is also a collection of historic railway rolling stock used in the area, which is contiually being restored and upgraded.  

The Centre is home to an operating blacksmith's forge and the Capel Men's Shed are residents on site.

The latest addition to the site is a keen model railway group who are in  the process of building a model railway layout, which is operational, but growing all of the time.

The Coalfields Museum

The Coalfields Museum provides a unique glimpse into Collie's early days. The museum is housed in the historic buildings of the 1900 and 1930 Road Board offices.

  • Open Days/times:Thursday to Monday 10am - 3pm
  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Taking pride of place is a restored barrel organ made in Italy. The organ is a forerunner of a jukebox and was used to entertain the old timers at Fontana’s Wine Saloon next to the Federal Hotel in Throssell Street. A massive letterbox (pillar box), a relic of the penny postage days, is rare having been cast in the J & E Ledger Foundry in Perth in 1903.

Many more items are on display in the museum including bottles, radiograms, phonographs, gramophones, wirelesses, a baker’s cart, mining equipment, Coolgardie safe, Icyball refrigerator, Lynch’s Rock and Mineral display, Fred Kohler woodwork, Gastaldo Homestead items, Della bus, all-time great fireman Dudley Magill’s bust, many historical photos and military memorabilia.

Opening hours
Open Thursdays to Mondays, 9am-3pm.

Wellstead Historical Museum

Located at Peppermint Grove Farm The Wellstead Heritage Museum is home to thousands of pieces of Australian history. Here you can wonder through time and experience Australia past or stop for a bite to eat at the Wellstead Restaurant

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:9AM - 4PM

Details

  • Facilities:Cafe
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Located at Peppermint Grove Farm The Wellstead Heritage Museum is home to thousands of pieces of Australian history. Here you can wonder through time and experience Australia past or stop for a bite to eat at the Wellstead Restaurant., take stroll around the property with some spectacular views Bremer Bay has on offer, observe natural habitat grazing peacefully and native flora and fauna or visit some of the beaches on the peninsula for a spot of fishing or a leisurely stroll. Accommodation is also available for a minimum of 2 nights stay.

Wellstead Museum

The Wellstead family had its Australian beginnings in 1840 and four generations hence, Max Wellstead, has devoted an immense amount of energy and time in refurbishing the former homestead to its original glory and establishing a heritage museum in remembrance and honour of his forbears.With an amazing historical display of articles dating back to 1850 in the homestead gallery and the museum gallery, range of accommodation and cafe.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:9AM - 4PM

Details

  • Open Days:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday
  • Facilities:Cafe

Description

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Wonnerup House

Visit this "National Trust home of Australia" for a beautiful glimpse into yesteryear.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:Thu - Mon 10AM - 4PM

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Featuring a restored earlier House (1838), which was later converted to a dairy and kitchen and, also, a magnificently restored homestead (1859).

Wonnerup House is easy to find: From Busselton, travel east along Peel Tce as this turns into Layman Rd. Travelling south from Perth, look for the alternative scenic route travel through the Tuart Forest and Wonnerup House is on Layman Rd. Plenty of parking for cars, buses and caravans. 

 

Yarloop Steam Workshops

Preserved period timber and railway steam manintenance workshops. Includes a working steam engine collection. Open 10am-4pm daily.

  • Museums:Local History,Motoring
  • Open Days/times:Re-opening Soon

Details

Description

A century ago, timber was the state's biggest industry. Throughout Australia's South West, felled trees were sent to mills and processed for export. At every stage, steam engines provided the power. For nearly a century, Yarloop Workshops was the heart of this industry. At its peak 100 people worked here. Be fascinated by the saw doctors shop, steam locomotives and steam generators, the vast and haunting main workshop and the treasure trove that is the patternmaker's shop.

Open Daily From 10am - 4pm. Live Steam Day every 2nd Sunday of the month (March - November). Mon - Sun (except live steam days) Adults: $8, Children under 18: $5, Family: $20. Live Steam Days Adults: $10, Children: $7, Family: $25.

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