The Dutch Windmill
The Dutch Windmill Garden and Gift centre is a little off the beaten path in Jandakot south of Fremantle and probably primarily a garden centre. A bit of an unusual place to find a windmill but as you enter you will find an array of succulents as well as a variety of gifts to choose from. It is not all of a Dutch theme but there are some really lovely crafts, nic nacs, wall plaques and toiletry items. Within the main building is the Koffee Shoppe which sells anything from Devonshire teas, and quick snacks to light lunches.
Out the back is the garden centre with a variety of plants but also specialising in succulents.
Location : 198 Semple Crt, Jandakot (Off the Kwinana Freeway, take the Berrigan Road turnoff.)
Kwinana was named after the SS Kwinana which was driven ashore after a fire and wrecked in 1922. Kwinana is also supposed to be an Aboriginal word from the Kimberley region meaning ‘pretty woman’ but Kwinana is definitely not pretty in fact it’s a large industrial area about 30 mins south of Perth.
There is a huge wheat storage terminal with a capacity of around 1 million tonnes making it the largest wheat storage and shipping complex in the world. BP has also built a large oil refinery here along with Western Mining and their nickel refinery. There is also a petro-chemical complex, Alco’s Aluminium works and a cement factory along with many other major heavy industries.
Kwinana has three beaches open to the public – all within the Cockburn Sound. They are sheltered beaches and all provide a view of Garden Island. The waters are clear and very blue and a particular pretty during early evening at sunset. There are also picnic facilities and some play areas for the kids.
Location: 20 mins south of Fremantle