For years we have driven past the Old Mill in South Perth, which prominently overlooks the Kwinana Freeway when heading south from the city. We finally decided to make a visit with the kids and we were not disappointed. It is a significant historical landmark in a city that does not have a lot of conspicuous historical buildings.
The mill is one of the oldest buildings still standing in Perth, first built in 1835. It has not always been as you see it now, it has had a few transformations before returning to how it was originally as a working mill. The mill and nearby millers cottage are restored to original conditions with well-signed displays. You very easily get a feel for life in the early days of the Swan River Colony. There is a good resource centre with more displays and a few activities for kids. We recommend a visit, an hour is all you will need. Both visitors to Perth and locals may be surprised to learn a bit about the early history of this relatively new city.
Need to Know
Take the Mill Point Rod exit off the freeway and follow the signs. The opening times were hard to find online. When we went, it was open from 9-4 each weekdays, and from 1-4pm on weekends. The centre is run by volunteers and these opening times are not guaranteed. Entry is by donation.