Visiting heritage places

Explore Western Australia’s heritage and learn about the history that shaped our State.

Heritage tourism experiences

Explore the wealth of history and heritage in each of WA’s regions. From walking tours in the city to road trips through the vast Western Australian outback, visiting historic and cultural sites provides a unique experience for all visitors to our State.

Nearly everywhere you look, you'll discover evidence of the State's intriguing history. Discover beautifully preserved goldmining towns like Cue, the multicultural story behind Broome’s pearling industry, Fremantle’s convict past and the story of the timber industry in our South West.

Discover WA’s unique history on a self-guided heritage road trip. This leisurely five-day journey explores some of the South West’s most interesting heritage attractions, taking in Busselton Jetty and Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse (pictured). 

Broome is well-known for its spectacular natural beauty, including Cable Beach and Roebuck Bay. However, Broome is also home to the world’s oldest open-air cinema, Sun Picture Gardens, and the town has a unique pearling history that fascinates visitors.

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse

Many of Perth’s heritage places have been given new uses in keeping with contemporary life, countless small restaurants and bars have sprung up around our State capitalising on a heritage venue. People are embracing these developments and flocking to them in huge numbers which speaks to the irreplaceable atmosphere and sense of history that comes from a heritage place.

Find out more about some of the city’s best places to eat and drink in some of Perth’s finest historic buildings.

Image: Garum, located in Perth's Hibernian Place.

Westin Perth

Heritage accommodation

Western Australia’s hotel scene offers travellers an opportunity to immerse themselves in WA’s cultural heritage. Como The Treasury , pictured, opened its doors in 2016 as an exciting mixed-use development. After being vacant for nearly 20 years, the buildings have been reinvigorated and adapted into a mix of hotel, day spa, hospitality and retail offerings. This conservation and adaptive reuse project on a grand scale has been much awarded, taking out the prestigious Gerry Gauntlett Award at the 2016 WA Heritage Awards.

In the South West, Caves House Hotel has always been a South West attraction in its own right. In 1903, the first Caves House was opened to the public as accommodation for visitors to the Yalingup Cave (now Ngilgi Cave). In the Great Southern region, the conversion of the Katanning Roller Flour Mill into the luxury Premier Mill Hotel has been popular with locals and visitors alike.

Find out more about WA's finest heritage hotels.

Como The Treasury studio suite

Heritage trails

Get your walking shoes on! Perth and Fremantle offer many opportunities for history and architecture enthusiasts to discover some heritage gems. Destination Perth provides heritage trails for some of Perth’s most popular destinations, including the Swan Valley, Rottnest Island and Armadale.

West end Fremantle tram

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Page reviewed 1 June 2022