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Address: Ford Street | Swan Valley Region, Woodbridge, Swan Valley, Western Australia 6056, Australia
Phone Number:
(08) 9274 2432
13:00 - 16:00
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Thu - Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The attractive site on the banks of the Swan River, just east of the...

The attractive site on the banks of the Swan River, just east of the historic town of Guildford, was originally taken up by the colony’s first Governor, Captain James Stirling. By 1831, he had built a cottage there, a retreat from Government House. The property was purchased in 1883 by Charles Harper, agriculturalist, legislator and part owner of The West Australian newspaper. He proceeded to display his position and wealth by building the current house.

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Beautiful old world home

Fascinating story and history, the furniture was beautiful and showed the period so well. Guide was very informative.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Debbie W
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45 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating story and history, the furniture was beautiful and showed the period so well. Guide was very informative.

1 Thank Debbie W
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Thank you for your review; we're glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 26 November 2016

I dropped my bags in Guildford, took the train to Woodbridge and walked to Woodbridge House. Don't bother with the Riverside by Woodbridge Cafe...it stinks. I could tell as I took photos of the river by its toilets. Spend a good one hour to 2 hours at Woodbridge House (note that it opens from Thurs to Sun, 1pm to 4pm).... More 

1 Thank Tintinrahman
Guildford, Australia
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is one of the few National Trust owned properties in metropolitan Perth. It is accessible by bus and train and has carparking. Built in 1883 for newspaper editor, pastoralist and MP, Charles Harper founded the nearby Guildford Grammar School. This fine home is furnished in period and has beautiful gardens and a coffee shop overlooking the river. This is... More 

2 Thank Barbara D
Geraldton, Australia
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236 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

This grand old house is steeped in Western Australian history and has served the community in some rewarding and interesting way's, besides serving as a family home for it's original owners. The house contains many of the original furnishings beside historical toys etc. PJ Barker author of the novel Changing Pillion.

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

The staff on duty went above and beyond to inform the visitors. Nothing was too much trouble. Will def visit again.

Thank Lacey B
Perth, Australia
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34 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

This home, built by Charles Harper, completed in 1885, is a fine example of early colonial architecture in WA. It is steeped in history and the knowledgeable tour guides on duty will bring the Harper Family to life when they introduce you the history of Woodbridge over the last 130 years.

Thank Wendy B
Perth Western Australia
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65 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

This beautiful colonial home situated on the banks of the Swan River between Perth and Guildford provides a lovely morning or afternoon visit. There is lots of history which is easy to absorb for adults and children. The place is not a stuffy museum but a welcoming display. The architecture is majestic and the gardens are set amidst the green... More 

Thank Geni7
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37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Timed it just right, many a time I have been to the Riverside Cafe but never been able to visit this beautiful building. One of the volunteers met us at the door and after paying a very small price she gave us all the information about the house and all the occupants until the National Trust took over. The building... More 

Thank Carol P
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

This is the second time within 2 years that I have visited this beautiful heritage listed house. On each occasion my visit has been delightful. If you like local history and antiquities you will love this place. This is where the vision for Guildford Grammar School for Boys was first realised by the owner. The beautiful furniture and decoration is... More 

1 Thank dinkumpomm
Perth Hills, Australia
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49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2016

Lovers of unique architecture and antiques will find this National Trust building entertaining. Several rooms are filled with antique furniture and silver and brings you back to days of Ripponlea and Downton Abbey. The caretakers are also very helpful and informative if you like the historical aspects. A great weekend treat.

Thank J T

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