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Attractions & Experiences


Cradle of the Colony Exhibition

Cradle of the Colony, a story of Guildford and the Swan Valley featuring items from the Swan Guildford Historical Society collection.

The exhibition is designed to give an overview of the history of Guildford and the Swan Valley, commencing with recognition of occupation by the Swan River Aboriginal People and detailing their first contact with Stirling’s party in 1827.

Unique Aboriginal artefacts feature in the display.

It further explores the development of Guildford as the inland port servicing the Swan Valley and surrounding agricultural land, colonial hardship, convict arrival, the gold rush era and migrant contribution to the vine industry.

The exhibition is a partnership project between the City of Swan and the Swan Guildford Historical Society, support funded by Lotterywest.

We welcome you to contact our Visitor Centre staff to assist with planning your visit to the exhibition, Guildford and the Swan Valley.

Contact Us

Corner Meadow and Swan Streets
Guildford Western Australia  6055

Tel:(08) 9207 8899


Opening Days and Times

Housed within the Guildford Courthouse (Swan Valley Visitor Centre)

Monday to Sunday all year (closed Christmas Day)

From 9.00am to 4.00pm


Free entry

Donations welcomed


  • Disabled Access
  • Wheelchair accessible toilets
  • Bike racks
  • Toilets

Directions by Car

Coming from Guildford or Midland along James Street, head north onto Meadow Street, the Swan Valley Visitor Centre is located on the right just before the roundabout.


Available onsite and roadside. Accessible parking bays provided.

Directions by Train

Stop at Guildford Train Station on the Perth to Midland line.

Guildford Courthouse
Cnr Meadow and Swan Streets

Phone: +61 8 9207 8899
PO Box 196 Midland WA 6936
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A selection of maps and brochures are available to help you plan your next Swan Valley adventure - Download them or even have them posted out to you.

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