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the brig Amity, and take a guided walk
along the Amity Trail, and you’ll see
The town has more than 50 colonial
buildings, National Trust residences,
and quaint cottages still in evidence:
be sure to visit the Western Australian
Museum – Albany, The Old Gaol
and Museum, the Desert Mounted
Corps Memorial, and Historic Whaling
Station at Discovery Bay.
King George Sound in Albany
was also the place where the first
convoy of ANZACs departed for
WWI. You can find out more at
the National ANZAC Centre. Visit
The Dutch first breezed
past in 1696, but Perth
was only settled in 1829, as
recommended by Captain Stirling,
a man in awe of the beauty and the
economic potential of the region.
City Heritage Trails
Free guided city tours follow the
Convicts and Colonials Trail,
the Boom or Bust Trail, the Icons
of Influence Trail, and the Art City
Trail. Tours depart from the City of
Perth Information Kiosk, Murray
Street Mall, or you can pick up
a map and follow the trails yourself.
Perth has an abundance of museums.
Here are some of the best.
Western Australian Museum –
The Perth Mint perthmint.com.au.
Western Australian Maritime
tour or tunnels tour (but be warned,
we hear the place is haunted!).
At the Fishing Boat Harbour, you’ll
come across the bronze statues of two
bygone local fisherman, their hands
full of crates and fish. You can also
view The Duyfken 1606 Replica (bound
for Shark Bay in October 2016).
The aptly named Roundhouse,
the oldest public building in WA, was
built in 1831 – also a jail. Ease yourself
into the wooden stocks for the full
felon experience, and stick around till
1pm and witness the dropping of the
‘time ball’ and sound signal. There’s
a whalers’ tunnel running underneath
the Roundhouse to Bathers Beach,
through which you can escape.
As big as a hand, the
maximus pearl shell was treasured
by the native Yaruwu tribes of the
Museum – Shipwreck
Army Museum of Western
Museum of Performing Arts
Aviation Heritage Museum
Fremantle’s rich history
as the oceanic gateway
to Western Australia has left its
mark in the form of wind-battered
relics, replica ships, maritime
museums and shipwreck exhibits.
Start at Fremantle Prison: the heritage-
listed convict jail was constructed
between 1851 and 1859 using
convict labour, and housed local
inmates until 1991. Book a day tour
with the kids or, if you’re feeling
adventurous, take a spooky torchlight
As far as settler history is concerned,
WA was skirted by the Dutch in the
16th century, but not settled until
the British set up camp in the 19th.
What followed was a fascinating
jumble of pirates, fortune hunters and
passersby chasing wild west booms in
wide brown lands.
EVENT DIRK HARTOG
VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY
– SHARK BAY 1616
In 2016, historic Shark Bay will mark
the 400-year anniversary since Dutch
explorer Dirk Hartog made landfall
on an island off the coast of Western
Australia. The Dutch sea captain
inscribed his name and the date of his
arrival on a pewter plate and nailed
it to a post there, a mark of discovery
that is the earliest known evidence of
European contact in Australia. Known
today as Dirk Hartog Island, the
location is part of the Shark Bay
World Heritage Precinct.
In October 2016, to commemorate
and promote the diverse offerings
of the region, Shark Bay will play
host to a week of unique cultural
events including arts, food and
If you can’t be there for the
anniversary itself, the Shark Bay World
Heritage and Discover Centre offers
daily guided tours, covering natural
wonders and local history spanning
thousands of years. Fun, educational,
interactive activities for the children
run daily through school holidays.
for event info and bookings.
On Christmas Day, 1826,
the British ship Amity
arrived from Sydney to set up a port in
Albany, three years before Perth. This
juicy piece of history is not forgotten
in Albany – check out the replica of
The Cheynes IV whaling vessel
can be toured in Albany
(photography Tourism WA).
Dirk Hartog Island, Shark Bay.
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