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Historic Sites

Steeped in pioneering history, Australia's South West is home to a wide variety of historic sites, many of which have been lovingly restored and are open to the public. Spend some time travelling the region to visit these beautiful and interesting buildings.  

Wonnerup House

On the edge of the Vasse Estuary Wetlands, 22 kilometres east of Busselton is Wonnerup House. Built by the Layman Family, it is an important surviving example of early farm pioneering in Western Australia. There is a stately homestead (build 1859) and earlier house (1837) which was later converted into a dairy, plus a kitchen, stables, and blacksmiths workshop, teacher’s quarters and school for visitors to wander through. 

These National Trust buildings have all been carefully restored, many with original items and furniture still on display. 


Vasse – Wonnerup Wetlands

The Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands have been listed by the Ramsar Convention as ‘Wetlands of International Importance’. More than 75 bird species have been recorded in the area, several of which are rare. The wetlands offer a sanctuary to a range of nesting, resting and migrating birds. A walk trail off Layman Road leads to a bird hide. 


The Old Courthouse

The heritage listed Old Courthouse Arts Complex was built in 1854 and is the oldest building in Busselton. Comprising a courtroom, jail cells, stable, post office and bond store, it offers a compelling insight into life nearly two centuries ago. For those interested in history, ask at the visitor centre for information about the Heritage Park and Trail.


Busselton & Dunsborough Historic Sites

St Mary's Anglican Church Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse Busselton Jetty The Capes Lighthouses Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is one of the most scenically spectacular places to visit in the Margaret River region of Western Australia, and there’s plenty of history there too! 

This is the extreme south-western most point of the Australian continent, and the point where the Indian Ocean meets the Great Southern Ocean – a bleak and windswept.Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse (built in 1903) and surrounding headland, are popular attractions in the Capes region of WA. The lighthouse was officially opened to the public on 22nd November 1986, and is known as an excellent vantage point, especially in whale migration season


The Old Courthouse 

The heritage listed Old Courthouse Arts Complex was built in 1854 and is the oldest building in Busselton. Comprising a courtroom, jail cells, stable, post office and bond store, it offers a compelling insight into life nearly two centuries ago. For those interested in history, ask at the visitor centre for information about the Heritage Park and Trail.


Ellensbrook Historic Home and Picnic Grounds

Visit the picturesque grounds of the Ellensbrook Historic Home and Picnic Grounds and discover a significant piece of the state's history

National Trust of Australia Sites

Wonnerup House and School, near Busselton

Ellensbrook House, Gracetown

Bridgedale House, Bridgetown

Augusta Historic Sites

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Grounds

Water Wheel

Georgiana Park

Pioneer memorial and the old cemetery  

Balingup Historic Sites

Heritage Country Cheese

Historic Blackwood Inn & Stables (est 1864)

Bunbury Historic Sites

Old Railway Station 

St Marks Anglican Church and Cemetery

Sisters of Mercy Convent
(now the Regional Art Gallery)

Tourism Offices

Busselton

Dunsborough

Margaret River

Augusta

Yelverton Brook Eco Spa Chalets

 

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