Guildford Travel Guide

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Guildford Things to Do

  • THE HOWITZER GUN IN STIRLING PARK

    In 1921, Guildford received a war trophy - A howitzer gun, captured at Hamel, France. Unfortunately, this isn't the one I viewed, as it was melted down for the war effort in 1944. In 1960, two 25 pounder Howitzers took the place of the old. As the pair have been regularly maintained and restored, they are still standing at the entrance to Stirling...

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  • WALK HISTORIC JAMES STREET

    James street is the main street of Guildford and one where I found historic shops and other buildings.One Hotel I had seen a photo of, was in the process of being renovated after major fire damage from 2008.. This was the Guildford Hotel from 1886. I hope when finished, it still will have its interesting turret. A building that took up a fair...

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  • MECHANICS INSTITUTE

    The Mechanics Institute, built in 1865, is classified by the National Trust. It's a hall, but to me, it looked more like a Church. This one, was the first built in the Swan River Colony, originally built to improve the education of the local tradesmen, although the hall was used as a place where concerts and other meetings and forms of...

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  • ST. MATTHEW'S CHURCH

    Also located in Stirling square, is St. Matthew's Anglican Church. Unfortunately, it was like most Australian churches and not open for me to see the interior! It's a shame most Australian Churches are like this!The first church built in the Swan Parish, had mud-brick walls, wooden shingle roof and was situated on land donated by Governor James...

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  • GUILDFORD MEMORIAL GATES

    Some old gates I saw had a commemorative tablet attached and one of the historical signs nearby. I read the sign and found out these gates were made and dedicated to the memory of gunners and cavalrymen who trained at Guildford Camp during WW I.Every year since 1929, "Gunners Day" has remembered these Soldiers. On the day, there is a parade which...

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  • OLD GUILDFORD POST OFFICE

    The Old Guildford Post Office is one of the most prominent landmarks in town. It's a very nicely painted Victorian Italianate building that was built in 1897, not only for the mail, but for the Post-master and his family to live. Why the date is later than other buildings in Guildford, is because the 1st Post office was in an Inn, the 2nd P.O. was...

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  • ROSE & CROWN HOTEL

    The Rose and Crown Inn - Oldest Hotel in Western Australia and 3rd oldest licensed Hotel in Australia.The Hotel dates to 1841, when it was built in Georgian style as a licensed Inn. As with other buildings I saw in WA, this too was built from local, hand-made bricks laid in a Flemish bond. Originally covered in wooden shingles, today it has a...

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  • BARKER'S STORE - (CHATEAU GUILDFORD...

    Barker's Store dates back to 1854, when as a "Bond Store," it did a roaring trade. Bond store means it stored “bonded” goods (whisky & rum) which came by barge up the Swan River from Fremantle. A "bond/excise" had to paid to the colonial government. No wonder it was a thriving business! It is believed to be only one of two historical buildings in...

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  • THE OLD GAOL

    Next to the Courthouse (Info centre) is the Colonial Gaol.The Gaol was constructed in four stages using convict labour, beginning in 1841 when a small building was constructed, consisting of two cells, a constable’s room and stocks. Additions were made 1851,1853 and 1867. In those days it was both the gaol and the courthouse, I guess that cut out...

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  • HISTORICAL MUSEUM

    The Guildford Historical Society has a Museum next to the Info centre. I am not sure if you have to do a tour or not. When I walked in, one of the volunteers was eager to show me around, so I was taken on a tour which was interesting, but time consuming! The Colonial Gaol built by convict labour, is where the majority of historical items are...

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  • GARDEN HILL & ST. CHARLES SEMINARY

    I am still on Meadow street, but now heading towards the Swan River on the "River Ramble" trail.I must say I was quite surprised to come across the St. Charles Seminary grand buildings!Originally this was farmland, then in 1837 was bought by Alfred Waylen who left it to his son Dr Alfred Waylen (Jr). He planted vineyards at 'Garden Hill' and was...

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  • HISTORIC HOMES IN SWAN STREET

    Further along Swan Street are some cottages and old buildings that have been restored, painted and look really good! They are privately owned, so can only be viewed from the outside.In-front of them, is signage telling of their historical importance. One is known as "the two storey house." It was built in colonial Georgian style around 1870, the...

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  • CROSSLAND'S HOUSE / RIVERSLEIGH

    This old home, or Mansion I would call it, is known by both names.Looking at this beautiful home, I could see this would have once belonged to a wealthy family.As it happened, it was! Charles Morton Crossland, a surveyor and land agent in Perth, married Margaret Lefroy, one of Western Australia's earliest settlers, built this home at the time of...

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  • TAYLOR'S COTTAGE

    Located on the grounds of the Guildford Historical Society, is the 1860's workman’s cottage that the Taylor family lived in. Mr. Taylor was an ex-convict, who married and brought up 13 children in the cottage, how-ever, at the most there were only 9 in the cottage at any given time. As it was so small, some of the family had to sleep under the...

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  • FOUR HERITAGE WALKING TRAILS

    I love towns that have heritage walks with maps to follow and signage on every place listed!The Guildford heritage trails are colour coded as some cross over another trail. Do as much or as little walking as you want!THE CAPTAIN STIRLING WALK is the longest - 2.25kms long, estimated time 75mins.We pass by the Rose & Crown Hotel, Chapel,...

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  • SWAN VALLEY VISITOR CENTRE

    A must stop is at the Swan Valley visitor centre in Guildford, as it has free information and brochures on the whole area. The centre is run by helpful volunteers, 7 days a week, who will help find and book accommodation and tours for you. I found plenty of free brochures and I picked up the Heritage walking trail maps. If you want to remember all...

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  • Kings Cottage

    King's Cottage was built in the 1860’s by George Ogilsby King, the local bootmaker. It has not been altered that much and is still considered a good example of a modest tradesman’s house from that period.

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  • The Commissariat Store

    The commissariat store was built in 1853. Lieutenant Edmund du Cane who built the store was responsible for supervising the convict work parties in the area constructing roads and buildings. At the back was a long store which held construction equipment and materials. The building was vacated by the convict department in 1878 and was then used by...

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Guildford Restaurants

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    by keeweechic Written Feb 22, 2005

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    The Caversham House restaurant is open for ala carte lunches from Wed to Sunday 11.30am – 3.00pm either inside or outside under 100 yr old Wisteria. They also have live music every Sunday at lunch from 12.00noon to 2.30pm. There are also package menu deals to choose from.

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Guildford Nightlife

  • Woodbridge Hotel

    The hotel was built in 1902 and is a historical site in Guildford. Rileys Lounge is the largest bar and where all the main entertainment is held. There is a dance floor and live music nearly every night. Another bar is the Ned Kelly Bar which is small and cosier and opens out onto the Courtyard. There are individual dining rooms upstairs for...

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  • Guildford Hotel

    This is a beautifully restored 19th century hotel. There are open fires in winter to cosy up to or an alfresco area in the summer. The cuisine is Australian which means that it incorporates the cultures that now reside in the country. Wednesday is past a night, Thursday is a curry night and kids eat free Mon – Thurs. Sunday they have a breakfast...

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Guildford Transportation

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    by keeweechic Written Feb 21, 2005

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    There are trains that lie on the Midland Line which will go to Guildford and Midland and takes about 20 mins (to Guildford). Trains leave the city regularly through the day.

    If Driving from Perth, follow the Great Eastern Highway which goes right through Guildford and Midland. The distance is approximately 13 kms from the city centre.

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Guildford Shopping

  • James Street Antiques

    James Street runs parallel to the railway tracks and the shops along here are most popular at the weekends, which means unlike most of W.A. the shops stay open 7 days a week. James Street is known as the antique strip. There are many fascinating stores with old books, unique crafts or wares from overseas as well as from days gone by. There are also...

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  • Padbury Stores

    These are a small group of stores within the historic 1869 WM Padbury Colonial Stores building. The building once housed a large popular general store. Today there is a café and several gift stores which specialize in art and craft. Above the stores is the Spring in the Valley art collection which is on display to the public at the weekends

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  • Guildford Village Potters

    21 potters work in the Guildford area and many of them have displayed their works in private collections around the world. The gallery was established to provide a business opportunity for the graduates of an Arts Diploma and they displays a large range of both functional and non-functional ceramic ware. You can see some of the potters at work most...

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Guildford Off The Beaten Path

  • NOBLE FALLS @ GIDGEGANNUP

    We happened to be on our way to the town of Toodyay when we saw the notice to these falls.Always keen to see a waterfall, we pulled into the large dirt parking area and followed the sign to the falls, a very short walk from where we were. Beside the car-park was Wooroloo Brook, the pretty stream on which the falls are located. The falls themselves,...

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  • VISIT WHITEMAN PARK # 2

    Want to go for a picnic from Guildford, then drive the 11kms to Whiteman park. I really liked the large amount of well laid out picnic areas in this park.If you want a bbq, you can bring your gas one with you, but why bother doing that when plenty of electric barbeques are located throughout the Park’s picnic areas. All you need is a $1 coin, this...

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  • VISIT WHITEMAN PARK # 1

    Located only 11kms from Guildford, is a really nice big park with something for everybody. MUSEUMS IN THE PARK ARE -MOTOR MUSEUM OF W.A.REVOLUTIONS TRANSPORT MUSEUMTRACTOR MUSEUM OF W.A.CAVERSHAM WILDLIFE PARKhttp://www.whitemanpark.com.au/attractions/caversham-wildlife-park.aspxOpening Hours: Open Everyday 9.00am to 5.30pmEntrance Fees: Adults...

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Guildford Favorites

  • GUILDFORD'S SUGAR GUM TREES

    As I enjoy gardening, I probably take more notice of plants, trees etc. than many other people. When walking James street, I noticed the tall Gums and thought they were a different species to many I had seen, but didn't realize these are important and heritage listed. You see, a historical event took place and this is why the trees are here.It was...

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  • HISTORIC BUILDINGS SIGNAGE

    If you haven't been to the Guildford Tourist Information centre, but still want to see the historical buildings, then I suggest looking out for the signs in my photo. Where-ever there is a building of importance, you will find a sign. The sign gives detailed information about the building your viewing, what year it was built, what it was used for,...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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