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Heritage

Heritage trails and sites across Western Australia tell the colourful stories from gold rush and whaling days to life in the outback, pearl farming and outback sheep stations. 

European explorers came much later, and while it is widely believed that Portuguese sailors plied the waters as early as the 1500s, the first recorded European visitors in Western Australia's history were the Dutch in the 1600s.

Western Australia’s heritage is linked to its places, buildings and the people who lived here. Early convict craftsmen helped build much of our State’s official buildings – take an urban walk through Perth’s town Hall, Fremantle Prison and the Fremantle Roundhouse and you’ll be testament to the skill involved.

Many of the early accomplishments no longer exist and many of the settlements have been abandoned but the stories remain and the impact they have on the Western Australian attitude is alive and well today.

Highlights  

  • Collie Mural Trail
  • Coogee Maritime Trail
  • Golden Quest Discovery Trail, Goldfields
  • Kingsford Smith Mail Run – Carnarvon to Meekathara
  • Pilgrim Trail – Subiaco to Northam 

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