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Address: 8254 Ford Street | On the banks of the Swan River, Guildford, Swan Valley, Western Australia 6056, Australia
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+61 8 9321 6088
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Thu - Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The attractive site on the banks of the Swan River, just east of the...

The attractive site on the banks of the Swan River, just east of the historic town of Guildford, was originally taken up by the colony’s first Governor, Captain James Stirling. By 1831, he had built a cottage there, a retreat from Government House. The property was purchased in 1883 by Charles Harper, agriculturalist, legislator and part owner of The West Australian newspaper. He proceeded to display his position and wealth by building the current house.

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Perfect spot for a reception

We recently attended a family wedding reception here - a beautiful spot on the banks of the Perth river, the reception was in a marquee and there is also some areas under cover... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Darwin, Australia
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Darwin, Australia
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently attended a family wedding reception here - a beautiful spot on the banks of the Perth river, the reception was in a marquee and there is also some areas under cover - food was great and the staff and venue were great.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

I dropped my bags in Guildford, took the train to Woodbridge and walked to Woodbridge House. Don't bother with the Riverside by Woodbridge Cafe...it stinks. I could tell as I took photos of the river by its toilets. Spend a good one hour to 2 hours at Woodbridge House (note that it opens from Thurs to Sun, 1pm to 4pm).... More 

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Guildford, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is one of the few National Trust owned properties in metropolitan Perth. It is accessible by bus and train and has carparking. Built in 1883 for newspaper editor, pastoralist and MP, Charles Harper founded the nearby Guildford Grammar School. This fine home is furnished in period and has beautiful gardens and a coffee shop overlooking the river. This is... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

This home, built by Charles Harper, completed in 1885, is a fine example of early colonial architecture in WA. It is steeped in history and the knowledgeable tour guides on duty will bring the Harper Family to life when they introduce you the history of Woodbridge over the last 130 years.

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Perth Western Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

This beautiful colonial home situated on the banks of the Swan River between Perth and Guildford provides a lovely morning or afternoon visit. There is lots of history which is easy to absorb for adults and children. The place is not a stuffy museum but a welcoming display. The architecture is majestic and the gardens are set amidst the green... More 

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Thank Geni7
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Timed it just right, many a time I have been to the Riverside Cafe but never been able to visit this beautiful building. One of the volunteers met us at the door and after paying a very small price she gave us all the information about the house and all the occupants until the National Trust took over. The building... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

This is the second time within 2 years that I have visited this beautiful heritage listed house. On each occasion my visit has been delightful. If you like local history and antiquities you will love this place. This is where the vision for Guildford Grammar School for Boys was first realised by the owner. The beautiful furniture and decoration is... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

If seeing historic properties in their original condition is of interest to you it's worth making the trip out to Woodbridge house. You don't need long to walk through and check out each room as there is only minimal descriptive signage. You have to pay to get in, but it's a modest sum. Well worth a look!

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

An excellent example of early aristocratic life in West Australia. Charles Harper came from lowly beginnings to contribute greatly to the colony. If you are interested in history this is a must see

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St. Lucia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2015

Became a well lived in house when the Harpers and several children moved in when house was completed in 1885. English oak parquetry floors run through the main parts. Nominal charges to view, 8 dollars for an adult and senior concession. Beautiful rooms filled with well maintained period furniture, the hand out info sheet covers the contents, but hopefully you... More 

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