- Category: Historical Places
- Published: Wednesday, 10 December 2008 09:35
- Written by Nita Teoh
Johnson Road (off Peninsula Road)
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
Phone: 9272 2630
Entry fee: $5 for adults, $12 for family
Closed July, Christmas Day, and Good Friday.
The Tranby House is located in a tranquil spot on the banks of the Maylands foreshore overlooking the picturesque Swan River. It is managed by the National Trust of Australia and is open daily except on Mondays.
Access to the Tranby House can be easily reached by train from the city followed by a 45 minute walk through the suburb of Maylands mainly along Peninsula Road.
Once at Tranby House, you can wander the grounds or take a guided tour of the house. The entry fee for the guided tour is $5 for adults and $12 for a family pass to view the inside of the house. As you wander through the house, there are some interesting pieces of furniture on display which were brought out from Hull, England on the brig "Tranby".
The Tranby House is one of the oldest surviving farmhouses from early settlement of the Swan River colony. It was built by Joseph Hardey in 1839 and provides a good example of colonial architecture. The house was occupied by the Hardey family and originally known as Peninsula Farm.
As you wander the grounds, keep a look out for the majestic English oak trees which are a century old and were transported from England on the brig "Tranby". You will also notice large black olive trees growing along the banks of the river. These olive trees were grown from saplings picked up in South Africa by the Hardey family en route their journey to Western Australia.
Feeling hungry after a tour of Tranby House? The Tranby Tea Rooms located on the grounds of the Tranby House offers its famous Devonshire tea and a good selection of light snacks for morning and afternoon tea, and lunch.
Alternatively, the Maylands foreshore is a fantastic spot for a picnic or a barbeque.
During summer, keep a look out for plays which are performed on the lovely grounds of the Tranby House.
How to get there:
Catch the train from Perth to Maylands train stop along the Midland line. Once you get off at the Maylands train stop, head down the Maylands Eight Avenue cafe strip. Cross Guildford Road, continue along Eight Avenue, turn right at East Street, then left at Peninsula Road. Walk down Peninsula Road heading towards the river. Keep a lookout for Johnson Road on the left and sign for Tranby House after walking approximately 2km along Peninsula Road. There is a public car park in front of Tranby House. Its about a 3km walk from the Maylands train station to Tranby House.
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