After the ride

Perth is the capital of Western Australia. If you are a visitor to WA, Kings Park is always a popular destination, as it is very close to Perth. The south west region of WA is recognised as a global biodiversity hotspot, and is home to more than 8,000 native species. Kings Park is home to the spectacular Botanic Garden, which displays over 3,000 species (one third) of the State's unique flora. Kings Park and Botanic Garden covers approximately 400 hectares, including 267 hectares of significant remnant bushland. This bushland provides a haven for native biological diversity.

This video shows rides around Perth, mainly along the River. Most locations are only a couple of kilometres from the CBD, although the beach is about 10 km away.

Fremantle is the historic port city that still retains many of it's old buildings. The convict- built Fremantle Prison is an outstanding example. See how to get to the beach through an old whaling tunnel, which is under the Roundhouse!

Bassendean Railway Museum: see some of the trains that worked the trails you rode along. Located in Bassendean near the Ashfield train station, it is open Sundays : 1.00pm - 5.00pm and Wednesdays : 1.00pm - 4.00pm. There are many trains to view as well as a lot of historical info - well worth the $9 to get in. See www.railheritagewa.org.au/museum/pages/bassendean/index.php

Kalamunda History Village is on the Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail, on the site of the old Upper Darling Range Railway Station. It was built in the 1890s to service the Zig Zag line which transported timber from Canning Mills to the main line at Midland Junction. It is the largest folk museum in Western Australia, depicting the unique hills life and industries that developed in the area. The two original railway stations and platform are on the National Trust List of Heritage Places. The $7 entry fee will give you plenty to see. See www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/Leisure-Tourism/Arts-Culture/History-Village

Midland Railway workshops: All though the Workshops are generally closed, the Machinery Preservation Club operate from there. The Club was formed in 1982 by a small group of people who had a common interest in old machinery. As the group grew in numbers in 1996 the Club was offered a permanent home in part of the Midland Railway Workshops. Occassionally they will have open days when the machinery ( and part of the Workshops) can be viewed.

The Castledare Minature railway is a 7 1/4 inch guage passenger carrying miniature railway set in natural wetlands. The Railway has a station at the Park (the other Castledare station, Niana, is not in this park but near by). The public run days are on the 3rd Sunday of each from 10:00AM - 2:00PM for diesel services only. The nearby Niana station has public run days are on the 1st Sunday of each month from 11:00AM - 3:30PM except January. Steam & diesel services generally available. Niana Station is at Castledare Place, Wilson. See http://www.castledare.com.au/

Claremont Train station was built in 1906 and is still a functioning train stop. The 1906 built signal box is the only surviving, operating, traditional all-lever signal box still in its original location in the Perth metropolitan area. This classic WAGR signal box is only accessible via the footbridge and is above the island platform at the station.The signals box is open on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am - 2pm and is worth a look. See www.sigwa.info/index.html

The Old Mill is a restored tower mill located on Mill Point in South Perth, originally built in 1835, only 6 years after WA was established. Operation ceased in 1859, due to unprofitability and the unsuitable location. Later, it is restored to its original 1830s condition, and in 19597 the Narrow's Bridge was diverted to save it. It is one of Perth's best known historic landmarks and serves as a sightseeing attraction. It was repaired and upgraded and was placed on the register of the National Trust in 1992. The buildings and site is noted as having permanent entry on heritage registers for its architectural and historical significance, and conservation.

Whiteman Park is near the Swan Valley, 16 km from Perth. It houses five transport related groups, as well as wild life and other groups.The transport related groups are the Motor Museum of WA, Tractor Museum of WA, Bus Preservation Society of WA, Western Australian Light Railway Preservation Association (operating Bennett Brook Railway) and the Perth Electric Tramway Society (operating the Whiteman Park Heritage Tramway). W.A.L.R.P.A was formed in 1976 by a group who shared an interest in the lesser known narrow gauge railways of WA. Whiteman Park is open to the public 7 days a week. See: www.whitemanpark.com.au/attractionsLanding.aspx

The Bennett Brook Railway (inside Whiteman Park) is the home of many relocated and restored ex W.A.G.R. buildings and signalling equipment from various locations around WA. The locos and rolling stock has been gathered from railways in W.A., Queensland and South Africa and has been restored to operating condition. Most locos are from mine sites or brick works, although the loco "Ruston" is of interest. A diesel mechanical loco, it left the Ruston & Horsnby works in June 1957 having been sold to Christiani & Neilsen and then later to Bunnings Bros in 1961. This unit was donated to W.A.L.R.P.A by Bunnings Bros from their Manjimup Mill in 1984. See www.bennettbrookrailway.org

A little further a field:

Yarloop work shops- ** Tragically, this fantastic piece of history was destroyed in January 2016 when a major fire burnt out most of Yarloop**

Dardanup heritage museum: See a huge range of old tractors and machinery and see a working saw mill. See www.dardanupheritagepark.com.au

The Busselton Museum is located in the Old Butter Factory on Peel Tce in Busselton. The museum is in a great town to holiday in, and is worth a couple of hours to visit. It has an amazing model of the Barrabup Mill on the Old Timberline trail. It is open 10am to 4pm Wednesday through to Monday. The one hectare site is on the banks of the Vasse River and is the best $8 you will spend this year. See www.busseltonmuseum.org.au

Busselton is home to the first railway in WA (Wonnerup to Yoganup 1870's) and a train that ran on it. "Ballaarat" was the first locomotive built in Ballarat for Australian use, the first locomotive in WA, and is the oldest surviving Australian-built locomotive. It was used on a timber tramway near Yoganup, and is named after the original spelling of its city of manufacture. The train entered service in 1871 at Lockeville, just North of Busselton for the Western Australian Timber Company. The WATC mills closed in 1887 and by 1888 all the WATC assets were auctioned. The loco was withdrawn about 1900 but survived into preservation. It has been housed in Victoria Square since 1937, but is now restored and on display at the jetty precinct.

The 'Busselton to Flinders Bay (Augusta) Rail Trail' will be renamed "Wadandi Track"and is on the old government railway line. Stages that are constructed are between Busselton Jetty and the Vasse townsite, and between Cowaramup and Margaret River (and a bit beyond). The City of Busselton is progressing on a project to extend the trail west of Vasse, while the Shire of Augusta Margaret River is working towards completing the link between Margaret River and Witchcliffe.

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