The National Trust of Australia (WA) offers the public, students and teachers historic places to visit, learning resources, competitions and other resources with which to discover our heritage.

The National Trust of Western Australia offers a range of exciting educational opportunities for schools to visit historic sites in the Perth metropolitan area and in regional areas. The National Trust has a suite of curriculum aligned programmes which are currently being updated to focus on the Humanities and Social Sciences outcomes of the Western Australian Curriculum.  These excursions and programmes offer teachers the opportunity to immerse their students in historically significant places and to develop in students a genuine appreciation for our state’s unique built and natural history.

Our Education and Learning team will ensure your excursion is fun and interactive; all activities are curriculum aligned and are year specific.  Our aim is to generate excitement and interest in the heritage of our state. Our team will develop timetables for your excursion and forward comprehensive Excursion Management Policies to ensure your excursion is as stress free as possible.

Please be patient as we work to update our programmes to ensure they deliver the Australian Curriculum requirements and the 2017 Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum requirements for Western Australia.  As we are currently reviewing all our programmes please be aware that in the interim some of our links may be compromised. Enquiries should be directed to our Education and Learning team by email to or by telephoning 08 9321 6088.

In the interim, as a temporary measure and as a courtesy to teachers who have used our programmes in the past, the old website including the Swan River Colony Resources can be accessed below . By the start of Term 2, 2017 the updated programmes will be hosted on this site.


valuing heritage resources



Education Resources

ItemTarget Age 
Peninsula FarmYear 1Download
Peninsula FarmYear 2Download
Peninsula FarmYear 3Download
Peninsula Farm - Teacher Resource 1Year 3Download
Peninsula Farm - Teacher Resource 2Year 3Download
Peninsula Farm - Teacher Resource 3Year 3Download
Peninsula Farm - Student ResourceYear 3Download
WoodbridgeYear 1Download
WoodbridgeYear 2Download
Number 1 Pump StationYear 5Download
Old Farm Strawberry HillYear 2Download
Old Farm Strawberry HillYear 4Download
Old Farm Strawberry HillYear 5Download

Perth Metropolitan Area

East Perth Cemeteries

When Governor Stirling arrived in the Swan River Colony in 1829, one of his first acts was to set aside land for public needs including the practical requirement of a cemetery. The East Perth Cemeteries are significant today because they were the main burial grounds for the Swan River Colony from 1829 to the end of the 19th century.

Schools visiting the Cemeteries gain an understanding of the historical and spiritual values of our heritage. Tour Through Time resources and pre and post visit activities are available.

No 1 Pump Station, Mundaring Weir

The Goldfields Water Supply Scheme designed by CY O’Connor was originally built to transfer water from the Perth hills to the goldfields of Western Australia, a distance of 560 kilometres. The scheme was opened in 1903.

No 1 Pump Station was the first of eight steam pump stations and an extensive four-year renovation project by the National Trust now makes No 1 Pump Station a showcase for the scheme.

Schools visiting No 1 Pump Station have a wide choice of tours and activities including Water Corporation’s Waterwise Schools Programs.

Teaching resources and pre and post visit activities are available.

Old Observatory, West Perth

The Old Perth Observatory, situated at the top of Mount Eliza near Kings Park, is now the headquarters of the National Trust. Originally there were three main buildings on the Observatory site but today just the Government Astronomer’s Residence remains.

In addition to learning about its historic significance, schools use the Observatory as a base from which to explore West Perth and how the area and architecture has changed since the late 19th Century.

Tour Through Time resources and pre and post visit activities are available.

Tranby (Peninsula Farm), Maylands

Situated on a rise above the banks of the Swan River, Tranby is a unique example of colonial farmhouse architecture. It is one of the few surviving examples of colonial domestic buildings of the Swan River Colony. The buildings and artefacts give an insight into the lives of people of the era.

School visits include a tour and hands-on activities. Tour Through Time resources and pre and post visit activities are available.

Woodbridge, near Midland

When Captain James Stirling explored this area he named it ‘Woodbridge’ as it reminded him of the area around his wife’s family home in England. Charles Harper bought the property in 1883, constructing the house and using the farm land to trial various crops and farming methods. Two of Charles and Fanny’s sons were killed at Gallipoli in 1915. From 1921 it was used as a school and from 1942 a government home for aged women.

Schools can choose tours and activities to suit age and ability levels.

Teaching resources and pre and post visit activities are available.

Regional areas

Central Greenough (historic settlement), near Geraldton

Located 380 kilometres north of Perth, the Greenough Flats form the flood plain at the mouth of the Greenough River. During the 1860’s Greenough became a thriving agricultural area with Central Greenough at the hub. The decline of the area led to the population dropping dramatically in the first half of the 20th century.

Visiting this large site gives an understanding of the history of the period and the reasons for its decline.

Ellensbrook, Margaret River

Built in 1857, by Alfred and Ellen Bussell, Ellensbrook was home to their family of 12 children. The buildings use local materials and are examples of pioneering building techniques. Initially the tiny dwelling was of simple construction but with more prosperity more rooms were added. The site is strongly associated with Aboriginal sites and legends and links historical, social and spiritual heritage values.

Golden Pipeline

The Goldfields Water Supply Scheme was an engineering marvel in the early 20th Century. The scheme depended for its success on 8 pump stations at intervals along the railway route from Mundaring Weir to Kalgoorlie. This heritage ‘place’ is therefore a ribbon 560km long and about 20 metres wide, with pumping stations, their associated buildings and related infrastructure along its length. The Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail follows the pipeline and has interpretation all along the route. Explore the Golden Pipeline as you journey to Kalgoorlie.

Old Farm, Strawberry Hill, Albany

The original farm was built in 1830 and was the site of the first farm in Western Australia under constant cultivation. In 1835 Captain Sir Richard Spencer, the first Government Resident in Albany, his wife and nine children arrived at the settlement and took possession of Government Farm as it was then known. The Bird family purchased the property in 1889 and changed the name to ‘The Old Farm’. This place, with many of its original artefacts, was the first historic property in WA to be restored and opened to the public by the National Trust.

Wonnerup, near Busselton

Wonnerup is set in farmlands close to a tuart forest near the Vasse Estuary wetlands. The original house was built by the Layman family in 1838. A second home was built in 1859 and in 1874 the one teacher school was opened. All buildings are open to the public.

A collaborative program with Department of Environment and Conservation engageS students with the history and cultural heritage of the area and the biodiversity of the tuart forest.

York Courthouse Complex

York was the first inland town established in Western Australia. The Old Gaol and Courthouse complex features historic colonial buildings which date from 1852. The buildings, erected gradually over many years, include two law courts, prison cells and a troopers’ cottage.

Schools visiting York Courthouse are encouraged to download resources available on this website for links to the Arts.