The history-rich village of Guildford in Western Australia was one of three towns established during the founding of the Swan River Colony in 1829. Perth was the administration centre, Fremantle the port and Guildford the market town.
Strolling the streets of Guildford – one of the gateways to the Swan Valley – you get the feeling you’re in a charming little village that time forgot.
It’s a place where history lives on in quaint colonial buildings, where the influence of the English gentry is still played out on the polo field and where Devonshire tea is served with a shameless disregard for cholesterol levels. So put on some stout walking shoes and explore the beguiling colonial charm of Guildford.
Step Back In Time
Today Guildford is one of only two towns in Perth on the National Trust register and many fine colonial buildings from the township’s earliest days continue to grace the streets.
You can learn much about this fascinating history by setting out on one of the self-guided heritage walk trails which meander through the streets . The walk trails start from the Swan Valley Visitor Centre. Here you can view Guildford’s original courthouse and interpretive displays that explain much about the region’s past.
Be sure to visit the James Street antique strip, which offers one of the largest ranges of second-hand wares outside Perth. There’s also quaint home décor outlets, specialty gift shops, galleries, premium garden centres, chic furniture and clothing stores.
With several dining experiences to choose from, why not soak up the village atmosphere and visit one of the restaurants, pubs or cafés. Ranging from quaint tea rooms, an ice creamery, the iconic Alfred’s Kitchen and historic pubs to venues offering tapas, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian and modern Australian fare.