When the new Karratha Airport was built, Len was commissioned to create a centerpiece for the forecourt of the airport. Prior to becoming an artist and sculpture, Len worked at the University of Western Australia as a technician in the Physics Department. He also completed a Diploma in Art Studies and Printmaking. He was one of 7 children born to a Latvian father and a Ukrainian mother.
Location : Luks Gallery, 28 Gibbs Road, Banjup
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Len Zuks has had several exhibitions both in Australia and overseas such as the USA, Hong Kong and China where he created a huge sculpture for the 2005 Beijing Biennale, one of the most significant art exhibitions in China. Over many year he has also received many awards for his art including a Chancellors Medal in 2009 for his outstanding contributions to the University of WA .
Location: Zuks Gallery, 28 Gibbs Road, Banjup
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Len Zuk’s property catches your eye as you drive down Gibbs road enroute to Armadale. His front yard is littered with an array of sculptures made from all kinds of disregarded bits and bobs collected from refuse and industrial sites. Len won the Peoples choice prize in a Sculptures By The Sea” exhibition at Cottesloe Beach in 2009.
Location: 28 Gibbs Road, Banjup
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Roleystone lies north of Armadale in the Darling Range. The area flourishes with orchards which fill the valleys. Stunning views can be obtained from higher up in the hills. Most areas within these hills still appear to be untouched by early felling and you will see forests of eucalypt trees with flowing rivers meandering through them. Two reservoirs are found in this area, the Canning Reservoir which is popular with the locals and further up in the Darling Ranges is Mundaring Weir. Roleystone has a delightful little village with antique and craft shops to explore
Serpentine Dam is around 33 kms south of Armadale and is part of the Western Australian Scheme Water system and set amidst the beautiful Darling Scarp. There are two dams on the Serpentine River. The other is the Pipehead Dam which is 7 kms upstream from the Serpentine Falls which are also worth a visit. Both dams have excellent spots for picnics and bbqs.
Jarrahdale is a small historic town located in the Darling Range south east of Perth. The town was officially classified and listed as historic in 1997.
Jarrahdale has some of the states most popular parks and forests. There are many bushwalks in the area and plenty of art galleries, restaurants and wineries.
Jarrahdale is around 20kms south of Armadale.
Learning the Farm Life
You can also experience farm life at Tumbulgum. There is sheep mustering by horseback and kelpie dogs, sheep shearing and feeding lambs, or you can learn how to milk a cow or even crack an Australian stock whip. The farm offers a traditional billy tea and damper or you can have lunch in the kiosk or bring a bbq at their picnic areas.
Location : Tumbulgum Farm, 1475 South Western Hwy, Mundijong.
The farm is 15kms from Armadale on the South Western Hwy. One of the activities at the farm include an Aboriginal Cultural Show which is an audio visual insight into the culture through movement of dance and music. They also have a shopping mall which has a large range of West Australian made products.
Open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Location : 1475 South Western Hwy, Mundijong
Vintage Tractors & Machinery Museum
Serpentine is further south of Armadale. Here you will find the Vintage Tractor and Machinery Museum. May not be on everyone’s to-do list but they have on display over 60 items of machinery and tractors both working and not working. There is also a collection of before and after photos and other memorabilia. The museum opened in 1993 with the help of a lot of volunteers and was the dream of Hugh Manning. In 1994 the museum won the Australia Day aware for Community Event of the Year.
Open: Saturday – Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm and public holiday by appointment.
Location : Wellard Street, Serpentine
Araleun Botanic Park
Reported to be one of Western Australia’s most beautiful botanic parks. The park is set on 150 acres in the Darling Range. A deep shaded valley with creek running through it and waterfalls. Araleun is an aboriginal word (eastern states) meaning ‘singing waters’, ‘running waters’ or ‘place of lilies’. In summer you will see beautiful roses blooming and in winter, amazing displays of tulips.
Open daily 9.00am – 6.00pm. Admission is charged
Location : 362 Croyden Road, Roleystone
Education of the Bush
A lot of these reptiles have been rescued over the years from either the bush or in homes and backyards. The centre hopes to help the public identify the species which they may encounter in the busy and have a better understanding. You can also have the opportunity to hold some of these animals.
Location : Reptile and Wildlife Centre, 308 South West Highway, Wungong
Reptile and Wildlife Centre
The centre is home to a large variety of native reptiles along with other wildlife. Opened to the public in 1995 there are over 50 different species on display. These include venomous snakes, python, fruit bats, lizard frogs, kangaroos, possums, wombats, dingoes, echidnas and a emu and wedge tailed eagle.
Location : 308 South West Highway, Wungong (5 mins from Armadale)