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Museums in Western Australia


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Bassendean Railway Museum

The Railway Museum at Bassendean, Perth Western Australia is Western Australia's premier museum devoted to railway history.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Trains

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Sunday

Description

The collection is highly significant as it 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 Western Australian Government Railways. 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.

The collection spans the whole spectrum of railway history. From Katie which was placed in service in 1881 when the Fremantle to Guildford Railway was built through to more modern diesel locomotives. Therefore whether you are interested is the heavy freight V class steam locomotives or the tiny 20 inch gauge mine locomotive 'Freudie' there is something to interest you at the museum. Four different railway gauges are exhibited.
Special events and visiting stalls are a feature of the annual "Railfest" day, usually in October - see the museum calendar.

Various passenger carriages and freight wagons that formed an integral part of the railway scene can also be appreciated. A number of these date back to the 19th century. The 1947 "Australind" buffet car is loved by children when hired for their own private birthday party.

The exhibition building houses an extensive collection of railway artefacts and photographs telling the story of railways in Western Australia. 

Ticket Information:

Adults $9 | Concession $7 | Children (4 - 14 years) $4 | Children under 4 Free

Northam Heritage Forum

Located in the old railway station in Northam, this small museum contains an interesting collection of memorabilia broadly associated with railways.

  • Museums:Motoring
  • Historical Sites:Trains

Details

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

Description

Old Northam Railway Station

Established circa 1900 the Old Northam Railway Station was once a hive of activity.

Railway Station Museum

Take a walk through the Railway Station Museum and learn about fast shearers and big sheds of the Gascoyne shearing industry in the Shearing Hall of Fame.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Trains

Details

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

Description

This museum houses the Kimberley Steam Train, which was brought down from Broome in the 1950’s. It was the last steam train to operate in the North West.

Bennett Brook Railway

Birthday parties for kids can be held on the train. Trains operate weekends, public holidays and some school holidays.

  • Historical Sites:Trains

Details

Description

Bennett Book Railway is proudly owned and operated by volunteer members of the Western Australian Light Railway Preservation Association. BBR was formed on the 26th of April 1976 by a group of friends who shared an interest in the lesser known narrow gauge railways of Western Australia.

Starting from small beginnings in a members backyard, the railway have evolved to a fully fledged railway operation based in Whiteman Park. Today it encompasses relocated heritage local railway infrastructure using heritage locomotives and carriages from all over Australia and the world.

We aim to preserve Western Australian railway heritage and to provide a unique railway experience through the bushland of Whiteman Park.

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

Details

  • 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!

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