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Part of Australia's charm is its history. It also makes for some great places to visit! So take a journery down Australia's timeline & see what you can discover, or even learn.


26 February

WA Labor Government of Dr Geoff Gallop is returned with a solid majority


25 January

Plastic surgeon and burns specialist Dr Fiona Wood named Australian of the Year


28 May

The last train to use the Bunbury railway station departed.


24 November

The Old Bunbury railway station, which served as the terminal for the Australind passenger train to Perth, transported its first passengers.


22 April

Cyclone strikes pearling fleet at Eighty Mile Beach near Broome claiming 140 lives. The storm was unexpected, being so late in the season.


05 December

WAs first Legislative Council meets


01 June

Representative Government is granted to WA


07 March

Administration of King George Sound passes to Swan River Colony, convicts returned to New South Wales.


04 June

Colony of Western Australia established at Perth by Captain James Stirling. The British Government agreed to found the colony as the first free settlement in Australia.


01 June

Colonists first sighted land. The first significant European settlements were established on the Swan River by James Stirling.


02 May

Captain Charles Fremantle declared the Swan River Colony (Western Australia) for Britain


26 December

New South Wales established first settlement in Western Australia at King George Sound as a convict-supported military garrison, named Frederick Town but renamed Albany in 1832.
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Things to See

  • Fremantle Prison

    Fremantle Prison

  • Lake Cave

    Lake Cave

  • Sand Dunes

    Sand Dunes

  • St Mary's Cathedral

    St Mary's Cathedral

  • St Patrick`s Church

    St Patrick`s Church

  • St. Ildephonsus

    St. Ildephonsus