The church was built out of local pit sawn timbers, clay brick and initially she-oak shingles which were later replaced by asbestos shingles. The little porch of the church was added later in 1860 along with the Belfry. The first service was held in 1841 on the 19th of January. The church is available for viewing 7 days a week.more
I have to say that their sampling of Nougat really out did their sampling of wine. They have several different types in small individually wrapped pieces – e.g. Almond Crunchy and Soft, Cappuccino Crunch and Soft and Apricot Soft. These can be bought in varying sized bags. Very nice.more
Maalinup means ‘place of the black swan’ in the Bibbulmum language. The gallery specialises in art of the Aboriginal people in the South West. There are many pieces of artware as well s gifts including hand painted glassware, boomerangs, and local products. If you go there via the Wagon Trails tour, you will get a brief insight into the Aboriginal...more
Oggies is right next to the distillery and incorporates the the English Lolli Shop. The handmade ice cream is made up of both traditional flavours and local fruit flavours. They also have some light meals which are available all day. While the ice cream is good, it still doesn’t match Simmo’s ice cream.They are open 7 days a week from 10.00am to...more
If you visit the the distillery on a Sunday afternoon you can get yourself into some free vodka testing. This isn’t your normal vodka, instead you can try varieties of Green Tea, vanilla, lemon, chilli and Expresso Vodka. All 40% alcohol per volume and all having the effects of rocket fuel. Well at least that’s what it felt like.more
Of course with all the wine tasting, one needs some wholesome food to line the stomache ready for the next lot ;o)What better venue than a brewery. I chose Iron Bark because it has a lovely outside setting and more often than not live entertainment. Lunch was awesome and most went back for seconds. Charlie was quite taken aback with the huge burger...more
Merrich Estate, Olive Farm and Restaurant is open for lunch Thursday to Sunday and for dinner Friday and Saturday. The property first began with an olive grove in the late 1990’s and went on to become the only boutique olive store selling award winning olives and oil in the Swan Valley. The restaurant was openng in 2003 and soon was a Gold Plate...more
This is a fully licensed restaurant and the largest in the Swan Valley area. They are also a function centre. They offer a café bistro which serves breakfast, light lunches and a European type menu in the evening for dinner. There is a large courtyard area as well as two reception rooms.more
The Bush Dance Program at Whiteman Park runs through the summer months from 7.00pm to 10.00pm Every Saturday night there is live music and dancing down by Mussel Pool. Bring the family and have a picnic and enjoy Australia’s various bush bands. There is an admission (also family concessions) and tickets are available at the gate. The kiosk is open from 6.00pm to 8.00pm also selling hot dogs, ice creams and drinks.
The Bennett Brook Railway was developed by the Australian Light Railway Preservation Association and operates with Whiteman Park to offer a 6km train trip around the park. The operation is complete with railway station buildings, signal cabins and signalling equipment. The selection of steam and diesel locomotives include the superheated 2-8-2 NG...more
The Perth Electric Tramway Society operates a genuine electric tram through the park. Riding the tram is a very different way to see the different areas of the park and you can get off at the different tram stops along the way. Tickets can be bought on the tram at the stop outside the Village Café, Mussel Pool and the Village Junction Railway...more
Usually during the last weekend in November the members of the WA Model Aircraft Sports Centre hold the Wings Over Whiteman event. Here you will see model aeroplanes, helicopters and jets perform acrobatics and stunts as well as producing some amazing speeds. They hover and loop and thrill both the young and old alike. Food and drinks are available as is a childrens play area including a bouncy castle.
The days commence at around 10.00am through to about 3.00pm. There is a fee charged at the entrance to the field although children under 16yrs are free.
Location: WA Model Aircraft Centre. Entry to the centre is located between Gnangara Road and Whiteman Park’s Beechboro Rd entrance. Whiteman (25 mins north of downtown Perth).
While driving or walking around Whiteman Park beware of any warning signs. Take care on the tram tracks also, it is easy to be taken unaware by a slow moving and quiet tram.
The Cameleer Park is a Camel Farm north west of Whiteman Park. The camels were captured 10 years ago in the Great Sandy Desert and brought to Perth and trained. You can take anything from a short 10 min, 30 min ride to 1/2 day treks and weekend safaris. Its a really fun thing to do if you have never been on the back of a camel before. They are...more
Sandalford Winery is one of the largest wineries in the Swan Valley. It is also a historic winery, founded in 1840, and is on the list of regular wine tours. They conduct wine appreciation lessons, wine blending classes and their restaurant offers a wonderful a la carte menu. Sandalford is family owned.Location : 3210 West Swan Rd, Cavershammore
The town of Guildford has been recognised by the National Trust of Australia and was one of three original Swan River Colony settlements. Guildford has some wonderful old buildings as well as many original homes, many of them very grand. Some are open to the public. Today Guildford is seen as the gateway to the Swan Valley, a rich wine producing...more
Supa Golf is one of those new deviations of the real game. It is played with bigger golf balls which are around 2 ½ times bigger than the normal balls and are colourful and durable. They are easier to see and hit. The clubs too are larger which makes it easier to hit the ball. Don’t expect any great hits with these two combined though. The game was...more
Just 25 mins north of the city in Whiteman Park is the Whiteman Model Helicopter Club (WMHC). Most of the helicopter flying is done on Saturdays and from 12.00pm on Sundays in the WA Model Aircraft Sports Centre. The club shares extensive facilities which include a clubroom, canteen and BBQ facilities and there is a children?s play area as well as...more