Whiteman Park is a 4,000-hectare bushland area located 22 km north of Perth, Western Australia. The park is in the suburb of Whiteman, in the Swan Valley in the upper reaches of the Swan River. It was developed around a popular swimming hole on Bennett Brook named mussel Pool.
Whiteman Park is known for its biodiversity, including over 450 endemic plants and more than 120 vertebrate animals (some of which are rare and endangered). Over 17% of Western Australian bird species occur in Whiteman Park, including migratory birds attracted to the habitat provided by Bennett Brook and associated wetlands including Grogan's Swamp, a Conservation Category Wetland.
The state government purchased the land from a variety of private owners in 1978, to protect the underlying aquifer as a drinking water source for Perth. The major owner was Lew Whiteman (1903 1994), after whom the park is named.
Whiteman Park includes bushwalking trails, bike paths, sports facilities and playgrounds. Transport heritage is strong at Whiteman Park.
Nowhere else in Australia is there an opportunity to experience such a wide range of transport heritage in one place. Whiteman Park's transport heritage theme dates back to the 1960s, when Lew Whiteman assembled a collection of wagons and machinery on the land he then owned around Mussel Pool.
There are now five independent community groups based at Whiteman Park; each hold significant transport heritage collections and provide rides and displays for visitors.
The wildlife park houses about 200 species in a walk-through environment, showcasing many of Australia's unique native animals, including koalas, wallabies, possums, Tasmanian devils and wombats. Visitors can hand-feed kangaroos, have a photo taken with a koala, hear keeper's talks and interact in one of two hands-on shows, all included in the admission fee.
The Bennett Brook Railway operates steam and diesel trains over 6 kilometres of 610mm gauge track through Whiteman Park s Banksia woodlands. On weekends and public holidays, running times are 11am to 4pm, with services half hourly from the Village Junction Station and hourly from Mussel Pool.
See, hear and smell the machinery that played such an important part in the early life of our state. Dozens of relics from WA s agricultural past are on display at the Tractor Museum of WA. The collection includes nearly forty tractors, as well as stationary engines, vintage trucks, a display of country life artefacts and old photographs Of the tractors on display, the oldest is an operational 1920 Fordson; the rarest, a 1923 Bailor cultivator built in America; and one of the more unique is the HSCS crawler, built in Sweden and the only known one in Australia.
Jump aboard a vintage bus that has been beautifully restored by members of the Bus Preservation Society of WA for a free tour of Whiteman Park. This tour will take you on a trip through the Park, with one of our knowledgeable volunteers on hand to tell you all about our history and point out the must-see sights. A special sneak preview of our transport heritage museum, Revolutions, is also included in the hour-long trip.
Whiteman Park is the only place in Western Australia where you can ride on a genuine vintage electric tram. The Perth Electric Tramway Society provides a regular service over 4 kilometres of standard gauge track through picnic areas and farmland. Trams operate between Mussel Pool and the Village at half hourly intervals, with extended weekend running times of 11pm to 4pm Saturdays and 11am to 4.30pm on Sundays and public holidays.
Western Australia has a unique motoring history which is well told here through an extensive range of exhibits and displays. The cars on display range from some present day models right back to an 1894 Benz, believed to be the first car to brave the roads of Western Australia. This is a Museum run by the public for the public and is regarded by many curators around Australia as a leading example of Motor Museums.
Revolutions is much more than the State's only land transport heritage museum - it is an engaging exhibition that showcases the far reaching impact that our transport choices have made, and are making, on Western Australian lives and landscapes. Within the exhibition, a mini-movie starring the character 'Rev' is played in the theatrette, exploring various aspects of the land transport story. Revolutions is also home to the Whiteman Collection, antique machinery and curios that were collected by the Park's namesake, Lew Whiteman.