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Saturday Open Days Museums in Margaret River Region

Museums in Margaret River Wine Region


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Aravina Estate Sports Car Gallery

Our Sports Car Gallery is ever changing with a eclectic collection of car and motorcycles for you to browse through on your visit at Aravina Estate.

  • Museums:Motoring

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  • Open Days:Saturday,Sunday

Description

In addition to the cellar door and restaurant, Aravina boats a car gallery full of muscle cars, vintage cars and motorcyles.

Is your car club looking to host a state or nationals meeting or provide a ‘Show 'n Shine’ opportunity for the public? Get in contact with Aravina Estate to discuss your function in more detail.

ArtGeo Cultural Complex

Immerse yourself in art, history and architecture at the ArtGeo Cultural Complex! Walk through the heritage listed buildings and feel the history between their walls.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings,Prisons

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

Description

The City of Busselton’s ArtGeo Cultural Complex is a creative hub for the visual and performing arts housed in heritage-listed buildings on Queen Street, close to Busselton’s much-loved foreshore. Once linked to the Jetty, the heritage-listed Courthouse, built in 1860, is one of the oldest buildings in Busselton and played an important role in its settlement history.

Walk through the buildings and feel the history within their walls. Explore the gaol cells and imagine being locked up for 14 days for disorderly conduct in a public place behind one of the heavy wooden doors.

The Courthouse Gift Shop reflects the transition from colonial courthouse to modern-day art house. Once inside, you'll discover a tempting range of high quality locally crafted art, jewellery, pottery, cards, photography and woodwork.

Set in the rear courtyard of the complex, there are two artist in residence studios featuring ceramic artist Tracie Anderson and jewellery designer Nalda Hoskins. The general public are welcome to visit these studios, which were once stables, to see the artists at work.

The cultural precinct is also home to the Busselton Art Society, the Busselton Woodturners' Association and the children's theatre group Acting Up. A sheltered courtyard, bush food garden and life-size bronze sculptures augment the ambience of the precinct.

Open daily 10am to 4pm, free entry. 

Augusta Historical Museum

Established in 1979, the Augusta Historical Museum offers visitors a comprehensive display documenting the rich history of Augusta and Districts since settlement in 1830.

  • Museums:Local History

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

Description

A fascinating collection of artefacts, photographs and books documenting the rich history of the Augusta-Margaret River Region. Displays include details of families involved in the settlement of Augusta in 1830, which was the third European settlement in Western Australia, artefacts from local shipwrecks, from the MC Davies timber empire (1880s to 1915); the local environment, personal effects of early settlers, details of the 1920s group settlements, commemorative china, coins and medals, garments from various eras, church organs and the whale rescue events which put Augusta on world news headlines.

Bellview Shell Collection

  • (08) 9757 6342

Australia's largest private collection of shells and coral if not one of the largest collections in the world.

  • Museums:Local History,Maritime,Natural History

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

Description

Over 200 square metres of colourful and unique display area, with shells and corals collected from all around the world. Over 30,000 rare and beautiful specimens are on display, and shells and shell jewellery are available for sale. Shells, corals and jewellery consigned anywhere in the world.
Special showings by appointment for group bookings.

Entry Fee:
Adults: $8
Kids: $4

Old Court House

Constructed between 1860–1897, the Court House operated as a judiciary, government administration centre and land agency, servicing the growing settlement's need for law and order.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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

Description

Today, the Old Court House provides a fascinating glimpse of life in the township some 160 years ago.As part of Busselton's burgeoning cultural precinct, which includes the ArtGeo Gallery and the Weld Repertory Theatre, the Court House also functions as a creative arts hub and heritage site. The precinct provides performance and exhibition space, artists' studios and workshops, guided tours, cafe and retail outlet for regional arts and crafts. The Wadandi people are the traditional owners of the land on which the Court House was constructed.

Wonnerup House (Temporarily Closed)

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

  • Museums:Local History

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

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. 

 

Augusta War Memorial

Originally erected to commemorate those that died in service during WW1, the Augusta War Memorial also includes the names of those who lost their lives in WW2 and other conflicts.

  • Museums:Military

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

Description

The approach path has 78 bronze plaques for those who served in World War Two. Surrounding the memorial are plinths which list the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved.

Busselton Pioneer Cemetery

Established in 1847, the Busselton Pioneer Cemetery contains over 250 graves, with many of the shire’s prominent early, non-indigenous families being represented on the gravestones.

  • Historical Sites:Cemeteries

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

Description

This cemetery is one of the earliest non-indigenous cemeteries in Western Australia, and the oldest in the region.

The cemetery has cultural heritage significance as the burial place for many of the early European settlers of the region, and members of families prominent in the early history of Western Australia. Situated on the corner of Marine Terrace and Stanley Street, it covers just over one hectare of the coastal area near the town centre. 

Ellensbrook Heritage Site

In 1857 Ellen and Alfred Bussell chose the site of their new home, now a heritage listed building, surrounded in national park and open to the public.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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

Description

In 1857 Ellen and Alfred Bussell chose the site of their new home. Sheltered from the winter storms, the site had access to fresh water and was surrounded by fertile soil.

Over the decades the house was built in stages by ticket-of-leave convicts, deserting seamen and local Noongars. The Ellensbrook venture was successful, with income derived from the sale of beef, butter and cheese. Much of the success was due to the practical skills, energy and sound management of Ellen. Alfred and Ellen left Ellensbrook in 1865.

Between 1871 and 1877 Ellensbrook was managed, and the homestead extended, by the eldest of their five daughters, Fanny. Later, the second daughter Edith made Ellensbrook her permanent home. In 1899 she established the Ellensbrook Farm Home for Aboriginal Children. The Home continued for 17 years during which time Edith continued the tradition of extending the main building.

The Noongar name for the locality is Mokidup, and it was a traditional summer camping spot for thousands of years.

Open: Thursday - Saturday, 10am to 4pm

Open Saturday - Monday Easter Long Weekend

Entry Fees:

Adult $4, Child/Concession $2, Group Bookings (10+) $2/pp, Family $10, National Trust Members Free

 

Margaret River Old Settlement

Established in 1977, this Group Settlement Scheme-style village depicts the beginnings of the Augusta-Margaret River dairy industry in the 1920's.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings,Trains

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

Description

There are a number of relocated buildings on site, including the Bramley Group School, Cowaramup Group House and a blacksmiths. The former pottery workshop has undergone extensive refurbishment and is now The Hairy Marron Cafe featuring a deck which overlooks the Margaret River.

Nearby and connected via a bridge over the Margaret River is Rotary Park, which is home to a vintage steam locomotive known as Kate. Built in England in 1889, shipped to the region in 1890 and used for log hauling in the area until 1909, the eight-tonne locomotive was used at sawmills in Karridale, Jarrahdale and Marrinup, before being sold in 1917 and used at Wyndham until 1962. In her retirement, Kate was bought by the Margaret River Rotary Club and displayed at Rotary Park. Kate is the only remaining engine built for the Karridale timber industry.

While walking along Ten Mile Brook Dam Trail starting from Rotary Park and around The Old Settlement, keep an eye out for the white-breasted robin, golden whistler and other bush birds. This is also a great spot for wildflowers in the spring!

St Mary's Anglican Church

Built by the early settlers in the 1840's, this beautiful historic building is the oldest stone church in the state, and is still a place of worship for the Busselton Community today.

  • Historical Sites:Churches

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

Description

The construction of St Mary’s Anglican Church commenced in 1844, using limestone and jarrah with sheoak shingles for the roof. The church was consecrated in 1848.

Visitors can wander around the graveyard and read the inscriptions on many of the settlers' tombstones, which are still in their original state. These include those of the Bussell family, one of the first European families to settle in the area.

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