Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Following our Perth Zoo trip we headed a few minutes walk up the road to the Windsor Hotel which sits majestically on the corner of Mill Point Road and Mends Street for a welcome lunch! This local South Perth icon dates back to 1898 and whilst the interior has been modernised, the facade has changed little since it was first built in the late nineteenth century. It has a front bar, a restaurant and a beautiful outdoor seating area with plane trees and vine covered pergolas providing excellent shade and we usually make a point of repairing here afterwards if we are visiting the zoo.

 

Like many other customers we normally prefer to dine al fresco in the pretty garden with its dappled sunlight and water features.

However since our little granddaughter La Petite had finally fallen asleep after running us ragged round the zoo, on this occasion we opted for the tranquility of the indoors restaurant.

The charming streets in the Windsor locality are part of the City Of South Perth Municipal Heritage Inventory and provide a pleasant contrast to the bustling Perth City Centre on the opposite side of the Swan River.  South Perth was one of the first settlements to be established following the founding of the Swan River colony of European settlers in 1829 by Sir James Stirling. It was an important site for the indigeneous Noongar People who had lived in the south west part of what is now known as Western Australia for at least 45,000 years before the arrival of the first Europeans! Opposite the Windsor Hotel are a number of heritage buildings that we hadn’t noticed before and after lunch we had a little wander around.

 

The only problem was that being New Year’s Eve and the holiday season the Heritage house Cultural Centre was closed for business. Normally it is managed by the South Perth Historical Society and they hold regular exhibitions of historical interest. It is also the home of the May and Herbert Gibbs Art Gallery. May Gibbs and her father Herbert were well known local artists and in 1997 a collection of 150 of their paintings and sketches were acquired by the City of South Perth, which has some more information on its webpage, “The Gibbs family were long-time residents of Suburban Rd, now known as Mill Point Rd, and many of the works in the collection were produced in South Perth”. 

You can also view the Gibbs collection online here if you are interested! The Gibbs collection is not always on display and you need to check the Heritage House website for up to date details. The current exhibition, which is being held until the end of January, features some memorabilia from the City Of South Perth’s local history collection.

Just behind the Cultural Centre is the Old Mill Theatre!

Old Mill Theatre South Perth

Old Mill Theatre South Perth

Whilst researching the local history of the area I discovered that the Old Mill in question still exists hidden away on Mill Point Peninsula, between the Kwinana Freeway and the Swan River. Somehow in all the years we’ve lived in Perth we have never come across it so will have to make amends next time. I found out that the mill was constructed 6 years after the first settlement was founded in 1829 and a few years later on the Millers Cottage was built alongside it. Now there is a Friends Of The Old Mill branch of the historical society and it can be hired out for private functions. The Old Mill is also open to the public and guided tours are available 4 days per week. However since it is manned by volunteers, opening times can be subject to change so it is best to consult the City Of South Perth information page here before visiting.

On the corner diagonally opposite the Windsor you can find the Old Post Office still open for business today!

 

The Old Post Office South Perth

The Old Post Office South Perth

From there we strolled the couple of minutes walk down Mends Street to the jetty point where the ferries shuttle backwards and forwards across the Swan River to the Barrack Street Jetty on the City of Perth side.The ferries are operated by the public transport network Transperth and you can find the timetables and further details here.

The South Perth foreshore is one of our favourite spots to visit. It affords visitors a panoramic view of the city and Swan River. In the distance you can see Kings Park perched atop the Mount Eliza lookout in one direction and the Perth Hills in the other. The pathway along the river is popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists alike and there are plenty of cafes and eateries dotted about nearby.

 

If we had continued walking west along the river path we would have come to the Old Mill but instead we turned back along Mends Street making a brief pitstop at Gelare South Perth before heading home!

 

For more interesting and diverse walks around the world head over to Restless Jo and join her for her weekly Monday Walk!

Copyright © 2015 Rosemary Thomas Le Chic En Rose. All rights reserved

35 thoughts on “On The Heritage Trail South Perth

  1. kayrpea61 says:

    That was a BIG day out for you. et la petite aussi. Great photos. That Heritage Trail goes on the ‘to do’ list next time we head west.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you so much yes it was certainly a big day out indeed we were shattered by the time we got home! Now we must go back and see the Old Mill another time it sounds fascinating. Glad I could highlight some of Perth’s heritage attractions and it’s so convenient if you’re visiting at all as it’s near the city centre. Thanks for calling by here again and have a great weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. restlessjo says:

    Is that a river beach on the Swan then, Rosemay? Presumably not too far from the sea? Spectacular views across the river yet funnily enough, the same skyline as some of the Thames.
    I’m always amazed by what’s right there on our doorstep but you certainly have a beautiful one. And I must try some of that beetroot tart- it looks fab! Reserve me an outside seat please 🙂
    Many thanks for your lovely walk!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Jo I’m so glad you like it! Yes it is a river beach – the Swan River flows into the Indian Ocean at Fremantle about 30 minutes drive from Perth city centre. The nearest beach to the Perth city centre is the appropriately named City Beach about 20 minutes due west from the city. So interesting that you can see the resemblance to the Thames skyline! The river really widens out as you approach the city and at this point resembles a large lake – it’s so beautiful down by the river! It is so easy to take our surroundings for granted and I am finding it great fun to be able to blog about some of the lovely places we have locally here in Perth as well as my overseas travels too 🙂 The beetroot tart was yummy – I would happily reserve you an outside seat though you’ll have to fly to Perth first! I think there would be some similarities between Perth and the Algarve? Look forward to reading your Monday Walk and also some of the other wonderful walks that you share too! Have a great weekend 🙂

      Like

      1. restlessjo says:

        Thanks, Rosemay. Yes, maybe the odd similarity. I fly to the Algarve on 1st Feb and I’m definitely eager 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        1. I’m sure you’ll be very much looking forward to it and I’ll enjoy reading more Algarve posts too (plus all the English ones as well of course!) 🙂

          Like

  3. Absolutely love the look of the Hotel Windsor Rosemary – both inside and out it is just gorgeous and what a place to relax after a busy time at the zoo!! Sounds like a really interesting area historically but how nice too that just a short walk and you get those views over the water. Great post – just the thing to brighten up a grey wintery day in England!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Joy isn’t the Windsor beautiful – I particularly love the fretwork on the balconies and the pretty flowers too which add a lovely splash of colour. It has been beautifully maintained 🙂 I wanted to share some of Perth’s historical side as I think there are a lot of misconceptions about it being a very modern city (which it is of course in many parts but there is so much more to it too). We certainly enjoyed that lunch and had some peace and quiet as our little granddaughter had finally worn herself out and slept for most of our meal in her stroller much to our relief!! We walked down to the river after lunch – I could just sit there all day I never tire of those water views! Of course when it’s winter here you will all be enjoying the wonderful long summer days in England – am glad to have brightened up a wintery day though! I think our daughter must be starting to acclimatise as she didn’t think it was too cold in London at the moment when I Skyped her earlier tonight!! Hope the weather brightens up a bit and you have a lovely weekend 🙂

      Like

      1. There has been some snow in different parts of the country but think it was a bit milder in London – hopefully because we are headed there for the weekend! Tell your daughter there is light at the end of the dark wintery tunnel Rosemary – the days are starting to stretch a bit, you can tell and it makes things so much better. Have a great weekend too!!

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Thanks Joy I will make sure to tell her! I hope you have a great time in London this weekend too and the weather is kind to you! 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

  4. I miss the blue sky 🙂 The garden looks fabulous to eat there!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Gin! Whenever I take photos I’m amazed at how blue the sky is here! It’s very relaxing to eat at the Windsor garden – we’re lucky to be able to eat al fresco so much! It does get windy in the afternoons when the sea breeze comes in but that makes Perth so much more bearable than it would otherwise be in the summer months:) Have a lovely weekend 🙂

      Like

      1. It’s very rainy here and very grey, and I’m grateful to people that post such beautiful and sunny pictures 🙂 Thank you, I can’t wait 😉

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Thanks Gin 🙂 Conversely I loved seeing your snow pictures too it’s a nice change from the heat! 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

  5. Amy says:

    Beautiful views and lovely hotel. Enjoy the tour with you, Rosemay! 🙂

    Like

    1. Thanks Amy and I’m glad you came along for the tour! The views are very special down by the river it’s a lovely place to be 🙂

      Like

  6. Hi Rosemary! Another amazing place you visit! Love the garden, the buildings, the beach, the food, the sea, everything! Looks like an relaxing place with a good atmosphere. I really hope to visit Australia once too! But I think it still be some year until it will happen. But for now, thanks for taking me on the heritage trail in South Perth. I enjoyed it!
    Have a great weekend 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Hanne thanks for stopping by again! Yes we are very lucky here – there are some lovely spots around the Swan river it’s one of my favourite places and you always feel very relaxed down here 🙂 Of course it is mid summer too which helps! Australia is an amazing place – this is just the little tip of the south west part of Western Australia! There is so much more to see and do and I’m sure you would love it if you can come here one day! In the meantime I’m happy that you can come along and see the photos (that’s why it’s so great to do blogging I love seeing everyone else’s posts and photos too as many of the places I probably won’t get to visit myself and others I’ll be inspired to go to)! Have a great weekend too 🙂

      Like

  7. Thanks for the tour. Very interesting…one day we will make it to Australia! (Suzanne)

    Like

    1. Hi Suzanne thanks for calling by again and I’m happy you liked the tour and found it interesting 🙂 Yes you will have to come to Australia one day! In the meantime hope you’re adjusting to life back in Canada and finding your feet again after so many years away! Have a lovely weekend 🙂

      Like

  8. megtraveling says:

    Wonderful pictures and post – it’s nice to see summery pictures since it’s winter for me!

    Like

    1. Thanks Meg am so glad you liked the photos and post 🙂 The reverse seasons can take a bit of getting used to I still find it odd that it’s warm at Christmas! A few more weeks and it will be getting close to spring for you and we shall be approaching autumn! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Beautiful photos! I especially love the ones of the South Perth foreshore – that water and vibrant blue sky just warm me up on this gray winter’s day!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Sara we are in the middle of summer here and the foreshore is beautiful 🙂 It was lovely that day not too hot! I gather there’s a cold snap in northern Europe at the moment so hope it’s not too cold with you – the days should start to get a bit longer soon! 🙂

      Like

  10. Paula says:

    Beautiful colours!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Paula am glad you like them the colours are so vibrant – lovely to have you calling by here again too! 🙂

      Like

  11. pommepal says:

    I love Perth but never got over to this part, so it looks like I will have to come back for another look. Lovely photos and such a blue sky.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Pauline! It’s a beautiful part of Perth so you’ll have to come back to explore more. It’s lovely all round the Swan River and the skies really are that blue (well a lot of the time anyway!) 😃

      Like

      1. pommepal says:

        It is such a long way over there unfortunately

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Yes Australia is a big place! There’s no getting round it – it is quite a long way to fly over here! Happy Australia Day weekend 🙂

          Like

          1. pommepal says:

            Hope you have a good weekend too.

            Liked by 1 person

  12. Zambian Lady says:

    he hotel and other views are beautiful but all I can see is the sunshine and expanse of blue sky. It’s such current photos that make me miss warmer climes. Maybe I should move to Perth? 🙂 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for visiting here 🙂 I see that you’re living in Vienna which I love – we were there last April! It would certainly be cold in the winter months. Perth has a lovely Mediterranean climate – it does get very hot in the summer but for the most part it’s a dry heat and there is usually a strong sea breeze in the afternoons which helps to cool things down. The last couple of days have been humid which makes it feel hotter even if the temperatures are not so hot. Glad you enjoyed the post and I’ll head over too to read some of your posts too. Hope to see you here again soon, best wishes Rosemary 🙂

      Like

What Do You Think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: