Strolling the streets of Guildford in Perth (the gateway to the Swan Valley) you get the feeling you are in a charming little village that time forgot.
Strolling the streets of Guildford - the gateway to the Swan Valley - you get the feeling you are in a charming little village that time forgot.
It’s a place where history lives on in quaint colonial buildings, where the influence of the English gentry is still played out on the polo field and where Devonshire tea is served with a shameless disregard for cholesterol levels. So put on some stout walking shoes and explore the beguiling colonial charm of Guildford.
From cafes to haute cuisine, Guildford offers a smorgasbord of dining experiences. Try the famous home-made hamburgers at the legendary eatery on James St, established in 1946. They must be eaten on site by the warmth of the open wood fire to truly savour the experience. Or dine in style in a splendid historic homestead setting, or one of many cafes established in beautifully refurbished historic buildings.
If you would rather stay in this beautiful part of Perth when visiting, the accommodation in Guildford is charming. Whether you choose to stay at Western Australia’s oldest privately-owned home, an equally gracious turn-of-the-century home or in the local pub, you can experience a night in a faithfully restored luxury room with character and history.
Pop into the Swan Valley and Eastern Region Visitor Centre for a guide on heritage walks in Guildford. Or for a peek into the life of a well-to-do 19th century family, for a small donation join a guided tour of Woodbridge House - a treasure house of memorabilia.
If antiques is you thing Guildford’s long-established James Street antique strip is a browser’s paradise. A monthly craft market is held at the Guildford Town Hall. This is held on the third Sunday of every month.
If you have still got time make sure you see local potters creating functional and decorative pottery in a historic old cottage, discover a treasure trove of small art shops, galleries or view classic art works in a grand heritage-listed home.
- Perth CBD and Suburbs
- Exploring Perth's CBD is an easy task. The city is compact and well planned, even though its location on a broad stretch of the Swan River gives it a spacious feeling. In addition, Perth has one of the best public transport systems in the country. Perhaps the best place to start is the western edge of the CBD, in Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens. Other interesting attractions of the CBD area include the Fire Safety Education Centre and Museum in the original Perth City Fire Station; Francis Burt Law Education Centre and Museum near the Supreme Court Gardens.