Peninsula Farm

A colonial farmhouse on an ancient land.

Nitja Wadjuk Moort Boodjar Nyungar Boodjar Ngulla Birdiyia Ngulla Moort Djinoong Koorlinjy Nitja Nyungar Boodjar Wu-rut Woorat.

This has been the land of the Wadjuk people for many thousands of years. This area is known as Wu-rut Woorat.

Located on the banks of the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River), in the now urban suburb of Maylands, Peninsula Farm at Wu-rut Woorat is a place of great historical importance to our state. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the first years of European settlement in Western Australia and reflect on a landscape that provides a tantalising glimpse into the past.

Peninsula Farm was one of the first farms in the Swan River Colony and one of the earliest Perth metropolitan residence still standing.

The entire peninsula was granted to colonists arriving aboard the Tranby in 1830 and became known as the ‘Peninsula Farm’. Joseph Hardey was allocated a share of this land and he with his wife Ann built the house you see today in 1839, after losing the previous two houses to flooding. Over the years the house was added to, expanding outwards and upwards. At the same time, the farm became smaller and smaller.

Peninsula Farm remained in the Hardey family until 1913. Joseph Hardey and his son Richard, who took over management of the property in the late 1860s, were highly influential in the religious, business and political activities of the colony. However, Peninsula Farm tells more than just their stories.

It also tells of their wives and daughters, the women and servants who ran the house and the workers who ran the farm. It tells of farming, and how families and the young colony sustained themselves. And it tells the stories of dispossession and dislocation of the Whadjuk Noongar people, as the Swan River Colony grew and more of their land was carved up for new owners.

Peninsula Farm was purchased by Harold Cheshire in 1951, to keep and train racehorses. The house and remnant land survived major subdivision as Perth became more urbanised and the National Trust took over management of the place in 1977.

See, Do, Explore

Peninsula Farm tells many stories – of connection to Country and family, of changes to land use over time and of the constancy of the Derbal Yerrigan.

Book now to explore the house and wander the grounds to enjoy the beautiful views of the riverscape and imagine what life was like in and before the days of the Swan River Colony. Or join us for our popular Christmas Carols at the Farm each December.

Educators are also encouraged to book one of our popular Peninsula Farm school curriculum programs.

And there is plenty more to see, do and explore in Perth for those wanting to learn more about the area’s history and to explore more cultural and natural heritage places.

Peninsula Farm Café

A new chapter for Peninsula Farm Café is nearly here! We are looking forward to soon announcing details of the new small café/kiosk and anticipated opening dates.

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Peninsula Farm


2C Johnson Road
Maylands 6051 WA


Friday to Sunday 11.30am – 3.00pm
Grounds open daily.


Good Friday
Christmas Day
Please note, Peninsula Farm will close if the Bureau of Meteorology forecast for Perth is for 38 degrees or above. You will be able to use your tickets on another day or request a refund.

(08) 9321 6088
Entry Fees:

National Trust Members - FREE

Adults - $10.00
Adult / Student Concession - $7.00
Children (5yrs and over) - $5.00
Children (under 5 yrs) - FREE
Family group of four - $25.00
Group bookings (10 or more people) - from $7.00 per person
(Schools by appointment)

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