Get a taste of history this school holidays

The Australian Heritage Festival has kicked off in Perth and offers some great activities for the whole family these school holidays.

The festival runs across metropolitan and regional Western Australia from April 18 to May 20.

Check out some of the events happening in Perth this weekend:


Visit the Grove Library in Peppermint Grove and use the interactive display to see pictures of Mosman Park’s industrial past and learn about the evolution of the suburb.

Continue your day with a 2pm lecture at Fremantle’s Maritime Museum by Commodore Bob Trotter about WA’s fascinating maritime stories.

While in Fremantle, don’t miss the exhibition at the Australian Army Museum of WA, which explores the history of conflicts from the Boer War to Afghanistan.

Guided tours of the exhibition run from 10.30am to 3pm all weekend.

End your day at the Canning Town Hall in Cannington at 6pm with a night of real vintage films, newsreels and cartoons from the 1950s and ‘60s.

All Weekend

Over the weekend, head down to Whiteman Park at 10.30am, where you can go on a tour showcasing the park’s unique transport heritage story.

While at Whiteman Park, pick up a map and check out the Collector Card Trail, which runs from 10am to 4pm.

If you’re in the Perth Hills this weekend, you can visit the No 1 Pump Station, an internationally awarded, heritage-listed site originally used to pump water 560km inland to the goldfields.

Saturday only

Experience an exclusive tour of convict and prisoner artwork at Fremantle Prison this Saturday at 10am.

The tour includes a variety of pieces created throughout the prison’s 136-year history and is not recommended for children under 12 or anyone easily offended.

On the other side of town, head to Kalamunda History Village at 1pm for a kid-friendly tour of what life was like for early settlers in the area.

Sunday only

Bring the whole family for a day of fun at the Wilkinson Homestead Museum’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

There will be displays, activities, tours, food and a treasure hunt from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

If transport’s your thing, head over to Whiteman Park for the Rail and Bus Open Day.

Climb aboard a vintage train and explore the Bennett Brook Railway’s workshop, where you will get a special behind-the-scenes look at a working steam railway.


The Australian Heritage Festival runs in Perth until May 20. Visit their website for more details.

The map below shows where each event mentioned above is happening this weekend.