Whiteman Park / Education / Transport Heritage Programs

“Wheels of Change” Transport Heritage Education Programs

Jump on board for an incredible experience of transport discovery.

Let us take you on a journey back in time as you explore how transport has changed over the years. The Tractor Museum, Motor Museum and Whiteman Park’s own Revolutions Transport Museum, will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about the features of transport and the important role it plays in our lives.

Enjoy a scenic trip on a vintage train or tram around Whiteman Park’s magnificent parklands – the perfect way to conclude your transport-themed excursion!

Travelling to School

What a trek!

Stepping into Revolutions Transport Museum, students will be transported back to a time when travelling to school may have involved a horse and buggy – and the journey wasn’t as easy as it is today. They will discover how transport – and the daily journey to school in particular – has changed over time.

  • Suitable for Pre-Primary to Year 2
  • Cost is $4.00 per child
  • Available Monday to Friday

Travelling to School - curriculum links

Passenger Puzzles

From buggies to buses.
Transport has shaped the lives of Western Australians and there have been many changes over time. Students will compare and contrast the older examples of passenger vehicles with modern types, and investigate what has changed and what has remained the same.

  • Suitable for Year 3
  • Cost is $4.00 per child
  • Available Monday to Friday

Passenger Puzzles - curriculum links

Legs and Loads

What strange beasts!

When Aboriginal people first encountered Europeans they were surprised by the strange animals they brought to transport themselves and their possessions. Students will learn about these animals and prepare for an outback expedition just like European settlers would have done before exploring Western Australia!

  • Suitable for Year 4
  • Cost is $4.00 per child
  • Available Monday to Friday

Legs and Loads - curriculum links

Going for Gold

A rush for fortune.

The year is 1893 and Western Australia is in the middle of a gold rush. Thousands flock inland to find their fortune, but how do they reach their destination? As they explore the strengths and weaknesses of the prospectors transport options – will your students strike it rich?

  • Suitable for Year 5 and 6
  • Cost is $4.00 per child
  • Available Monday to Friday

Going for Gold - curriculum links

Motorvation

From horse-drawn carts to the modern-day car, see the development of transport over time at the Motor Museum of Western Australia. Students will be exposed to the history of the motor vehicle – and the internal makings of a car!

  • Suitable for Years 3 to 7
  • Cost is $4.00 per child
  • Available Monday to Wednesday (other days by arrangement)
  • Not curriculum linked
Tractor Factor

Ride on through time.

In this tailor-made tour of the Tractor Museum, students can see, hear and smell the machinery that played such an important part in the early life of Western Australia. With an old cottage home display, your students will get a good appreciation of life in the early 1900s.

  • Suitable for Pre-Primary to Year 12
  • Cost is $4.00 per child
  • Available Wednesdays (other days by arrangement)
  • Not curriculum linked
Additional Experiences

In addition to the programs outlined above, Whiteman Park offers the following hands-on experiences to school groups:

Vintage Train Rides
On Wednesdays and Thursdays, it’s all aboard for a delightful 6km train ride through Whiteman Park’s woodlands – can you spot a kangaroo?

Heritage Electric Tram Rides

On Tuesdays and Fridays, jump aboard a vintage electric tram for a rattling ride through Whiteman Park’s remnant farmland and native bushland to Mussel Pool and back.