Another discovery recently down in the south east corner of the Perth Metro Area was the Pioneer Village in Armadale. This suburb is not one that most people associate with tourist attractions but it is worth stopping by if you happen to be in the area.
A replica of a gold mining village, Pioneer Village was actually built in the 1980s. Traditional colonial cottages line the high street with the centrepiece being an old wishing well. It is a little faded now and we noticed quite a few shops were empty but it does give you a feel for bygone times when Armadale would have been a colonial outpost.
The cafe selling delicious organic produce and all manner of items such as candles, soaps and a multitude of edible treats is well worth visiting. There is also a Pioneer Village Community School open to anyone in the area. We couldn’t leave without a trip to the fairy shop, an absolute paradise as far as our granddaughters were concerned. One gift only though was the strict rule!!
A few kilometres from Pioneer Village are the beautiful botanic gardens of Araluen. I have blogged about visits here before (see here and here) but have been meaning to post some photos of the early summer displays I took last year. They follow on from the “postcards” of Pioneer Village!
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