Described upon construction in 1884 as 'the handsomest private residence that has yet been erected in the colony', Woodbridge sits in an area known as Mandoon on Noongar land on the banks of Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River).
A fine example of nineteenth-century architecture, it was built for entrepreneur, agriculturalist and parliamentarian, Charles Harper and his family and has connections to the colony's founder, Governor James Stirling.
In 1895 Charles established a school in the house for his children and those of his neighbours. When purchased a decade later by the Church of England, the school went on to become what is now Guildford Grammar School.
The National Trust of Western Australia has undertaken significant conservation works at this important place. Today, you can wander through the grounds and admire the towering jarrahs that hug the house, the maintained cottage garden and the delightful views of the Swan River flowing right past the property. Explore the house room by room and learn some of the Woodbridge history from the friendly volunteers.
Visitors can engage with the new activity space, where families are invited to immerse themselves in activities that provide a glimpse into the lives of those that lived and worked at Woodbridge.
The garden volunteers have kept the grounds looking magnificent and you can stay a while longer to enjoy a coffee or lunch at neighbouring cafe, Riverside at Woodbridge.
There is so much more to see and do at Woodbridge.
Entry fees apply. Grounds available for venue hire.
, Family fun, Historic attractions