Guildford Travel Guide

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Guildford Things to Do

  • 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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  • Du Cane’s House

    This house was built in 1852 and was originally part of the Convict Depot which was built by Lieutenant DuCane. This was his living and office quarters. The house still has its original five rooms and the detached storeroom and stable are still standing. The house is now privately owned but considered to be of historic interest.

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  • Fishmarket Reserve

    This is one of the popular riverside parks for families and picnickers. There are wood bbq facilities, picnic tables and a boat ramp which is suitable for launching canoes or small boats. Good fishing site.

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  • Inchant Brewing

    Today the hotel has its own micro-brewery ‘Inchant Brewing’ which uses techniques from the original days. There is a restaurant and motel units. The Halls Museum, is at the back of the Rose and Crown which claims to have the largest private collection of diverse memorabilia in the southern hemisphere. Some of the displays include inkwells,...

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  • Rose and Crown Hotel

    The Rose and Crown is the oldest trading hotel in Western Australia. It was established in 1841 by Thomas Jecks. There are rumours that there are tunnels that lead from the Rose and Crown down to the Swan River.Renovations both in the 1850s with additions in the 1880s, have been in keeping with the buildings heritage. The cellars are even the...

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  • Stirling Arms Hotel

    A few alterations have been made to the original design of the Stirling Arms Hotel which now makes it completely different to the simple two storey colonial Georgian design which had verandahs on three sides – shame really. The rear of the building still shows the early building and has been less altered than the rest of the building. The hotel has...

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  • Mechanics Institute

    The Mechanics Institute was built in 1865 and its purpose was to improve the education of the local tradesmen. Today it is the headquarters of the Swan-Guildford Historical Society. They are open from 2.00pm to 5.00pm on Sundays.

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  • Riversleigh

    Riversleigh is a beautiful old home on Swan Street. Also known as Crosslands House, it was built in 1896 at a time when Guildford was a fashionable outer suburb of Perth for many wealthy and prominent citizens. Originally built for Charles Crossland who was a surveyor and land agent in Perth. He was known during the 1890’s for his work laying out...

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  • Wesley Chapel

    The Wesley Chapel is next to the Council Chambers and the Town Hall. The original chapel was built in 1856 on land which was later needed for the railway reserve. This present chapel was then built. There is a meeting room at the back. The manse was traditionally designed but the brick walls have been plastered and painted which has unfortunately...

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  • Old Guildford Council Chambers

    Sitting next to the Town Hall are the old Council Chambers which were built in 1900. When Midland and Swan amalgamated in the 1960’s the building was then used as a subscription library by the Shire of Swan. In 1981 they renovated the building and it is now used as a public library service.

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  • St Matthew's Church

    St Matthews Church was built in 1873 and sits in Stirling Square. The first St Matthews was build of mudbricks in 1836. It was then replaced by a wooden building which was destroyed by a hurricane in 1860. This current church was its replacement and the bricks were purposely laid alternately lengthwise and pointing inwards to reinforce the...

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  • Sugar Gum Trees

    Sugar gum trees originate from South Australia where it tolerates a wide range of poorer soils. In many ways it is rated superior to redgum. The early settlers planted some three thousand hectares of sugar gums, some you can find in Stirling Park. They grow to an huge width at their base. This one, if I stood 10 of me around the tree, I doubt would...

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  • Stirling Square Guns

    The two 25 pounder gun Howitzers were placed on the square during the 1960’s to replace a gun that used to be in the park but was used for scrap for munitions in World War II. The original gun was a captured German Krupps 105mm Field Gun. The two Howitzers were purchased for a sum of 10 pounds sterling. However these guns were vandalised and left...

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  • Stirling Square

    Stirling Square is the centre point of Guildford with beautiful old trees which outline the park and play equipment. Within the park is a memorial for the men who fought in the Australian Imperial Forces during the Great War 1914 – 1919. Their names are unscripted on the side. Another feature of the new refurbished park is St Matthews Church.

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  • Taylors Cottage

    This little cottage was thought to have been built around 1880 and at 3 Meadow Street. Which is now part of the Swan Guildford Colonial Museum. You can view the little house by visiting the Courthouse Museum. Admission is 2.00 – 5.00pm on Sundays but closed Dec, Jan and Feb.

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  • Guilford Town Hall

    The town hall was opened in 1938 on the site of the old Snapper’s and Miners Quarters. The central tower is influenced by the Cubist style of modern architecture which reached Australia during the 1930’s. When Midland amalgamated with Swan, the Guildford Town Hall started to loose some of its former importance. It is used as a theatre and as a...

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  • Colonial Gaol

    Built in 1841, this is what is left of the first government buildings built in the area. There were two prison cells, a constable’s room and a set of stocks. Later an exercise yard was built for prisoners that were held there. Tours are conducted through the Gaol on Sundays at 2.30pm at a small cost.

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  • Swan Guilford Historical Society

    There are displays within the old courthouse by the Swan Guildford Historical Society. These encompass a collection of costumes and personal items worn and used in the days of the courthouse era as well as write-ups on how things were during that time in the Swan Valley.

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  • Guildford Old Courthouse

    The old courthouse is open 7 days a week and is now the visitors centre for Guildford and surrounding areas. You can even get touring information here for as far as Albany and Esperance. The staff are very helpful whether you are asking the question in person or via email and will promptly mail you anything of interest The Courthouse was built in...

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  • Guildford Post Office

    The beautiful building is quite the landmark of Guildford. It was erected on the site of an old Convict Depot hospital. The cell exercise yard and main cell block of the Convict Depot stood to the south of the Post Office as it is now. In 1901 the public clock was added to the tower along with a bell. The bell is still on the roof of the tower but...

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Guildford Restaurants

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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

  • Caversham Park

    Within Whiteman Park is the Caversham Wildlife Park which covers its own 4300 hectares within Whiteman Park and who’s breeding program is officially recognised by Australian Zoos. The park has bred its own wombats, Tasmanian devils and koalas. There are some rare species also like the White Peacock and the Albino Kangaroo.

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  • Whiteman Park

    North of Guildford is Whiteman Park. The park is a favourite place for families and nature lovers to enjoy as well as birdwatchers. Some bird species found in the park are Painted button-quail, Elegant Parrot, Red-capped Parrot, robin, wood swallow, cuckoo’s and even wedge-tailed eagles have been seen from time to time. Within the park there are...

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  • Largest Man-made Waterfall

    There is a fabulous 4 story cascading waterfall which is the largest man-made waterfall. You can walk underneath the falling waters. Aside from the floating jetty, there is also a 50 m jarrah walkway. Three terraces have five grand staircases with sandstone and limestone balustrading create a feeling of some of the grand homes and palaces of...

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