Heritage Festival 2016

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Heritage Festival 2016

Date: Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Price: $0 - $10pp

Various venues around Whiteman Park.

Whiteman Park has a strong land transport theme and the most diverse and interactive transport heritage experiences available in a single location in Australia.

Bring the whole family out and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Whiteman Park as you explore the hub of Western Australia’s transport heritage during the 2016 National Trust Heritage Festival.

There are over 20 exceptional activities on offer from the Park’s six transport heritage groups during our own Festival, with something to engage everyone. Many activities focus on the treasures featured in the 2016 Transport Heritage Collector Cards. The Collector Card trail will bring all of these experiences together. Start at Revolutions Transport Museum for a fun and interactive journey that will help you to discover more of Whiteman Park’s transport heritage.

Visitors can also enjoy the vintage train and tram rides, tractors on parade, guided tours, three unique museums, as well as activities specifically for the kids.  Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming announcements.

There are many more interesting events to explore during the National Trust Heritage Festival. Discover what’s on by visiting www.nationaltrustfestival.org.au



Transport Heritage Collector Cards

Whiteman Park’s transport heritage family releases its third set of Collector Cards in 2016.

The six Transport Heritage organisations that have made homes at Whiteman Park have each selected a special treasure for their 2016 Collector Card and will share its secrets with visitors. The cards will be available across the Festival, with special activities on offer to give you a closer look at each item.

This year, a special Collector Card Trail will also engage the kids, impress the grownups and excite the connoisseurs!

The collector card trail is best completed on Saturdays and Sundays when all transport attractions are open. Collector card trail maps can be collected from Revolutions Transport Museum or the Visitors Information Center.

Artefact Investigator

Dig, Document, Display, Discover! A school holiday special for the kids!

Museums are full of hidden treasures just waiting to be revealed. So put on your white gloves, it’s time to become an Artefact Investigator!

Our Investigators will have fun getting hands on: unearthing, caring for, cataloging and displaying their very own museum relics. Be sure not to miss this rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and discover what museums are all about.

Dates: Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 April
Time: 10.00am and 2.00pm. The activity will take 1.5 hours.
Cost: $10.00 children, $3.00 adults
(children must be accompanied by an adult)
Location:  Revolutions Transport Museum – car park 1 in the Village
Bookings: Bookings are essential on 9209 6000 (Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm). 
Other info: Best suited for children aged 7 to 13 years.  Adult supervision/participation is required (1:5 minimum ratio). Enclosed footwear is required.
Bus Fleet Depot Tour

Take a rare chance to see the Bus Preservation Society of WA’s impressive fleet of restored buses and workshops during the 2016 Heritage Festival.

Jump aboard one of their fine vintage buses at the Visitor Information Centre before travelling through Whiteman Park to the BPS Bus Depot. There, you will disembark for a tour of the workshops and see some of the amazing restoration projects in progress.

Dates: Tuesdays 19 April, 26 April, 3 May and 10 May
Time: 12noon
Cost: Gold coin donation
Location:  Meet at the Visitors Information Center 
Find the Three-Doll Semaphore Signals Train Tour

Explore some of the interesting track features that are part of Bennett Brook Railway at Whiteman Park.

Departing at 11.00am sharp, the ride will be a feast for the eyes as the train chugs through the Park’s picturesque bushland. Along the way,  you’ll be stopping to examine many of the features unique to this closed-circuit railway.

Look for the:
• upper quadrant automatic signals (rare for Western Australia!)
• wig-wag signal
• Mussel Pools signal box and shunting operation
• triple doll signal – Bennett Brook Railway’s 2016 collector card item

Please note: this train journey will be longer than usual, so please allow up to one hour.

Dates: Sunday, 24 April 2016
Time: 11.00am
Cost: $8.00 adults, $4.00 children, $2.00 toddlers
Location: Village Junction Station 
Hang the Pram

Climb aboard a WA Government Tramway’s trolley bus and discover the challenges of taking a pram on the bus!

The Bus Preservation Society of WA’s WAGT Trolley Bus No.38 will be on display at Revolutions Transport Museum during the Heritage Festival and open for inspection on Sunday afternoons. Experience how these beautiful buses were the epitome of luxury in their day – and have a go at hanging the pram!

Dates: Sundays 17 April, 24 April, 1 May, 8 May, 15 May
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Cost: Free
Location:  Revolutions Transport Museum
(opposite the Village Junction Station)
The Buick Chassis Story
Join the Motor Museum of WA as they take you for a tour into the motoring world of yesteryear. Featuring a 1928 Buick, the museums choice for the 2016 collector card trail, this tour will allow you to discover more about this amazing museum and the motoring legends within.

Enjoy free entry to the Museum during the Heritage Festival when you purchase a Collector Card album for $10.00 from the Visitor Information Centre or Revolutions Transport Museum. Accompanying adults can get in for half-price when the kids are the ones doing the collecting too. 

Dates: Sundays 24 April, 1 May, 8 May, 15 May
Time: 1.00pm
Cost: Free with Museum entry
Location:  Motor Museum of WA, in the Village
Tractor Parade

Enjoy the parade of restored vintage tractors chugging their way from the Tractor Museum of WA up to Revolutions Transport Museum, before returning through the Village Mall. This usual once-a-month fare will occur every Sunday of the Heritage Festival, starting on April 24.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to see these marvelous relics in operation!

Dates: Sundays 24 April, 1 May, 8 May, 15 May
Time: 1.15pm
Cost: Free 
Location:  Village mall
Tram Heritage Carbarn Tour
Ride down to the Car Barn on restored Tram 66 (Perth’s last tram) or Fremantle tram 29 for a behind-the-scenes tour of the tram workshop.

Historic trams from Perth, Fremantle and Kalgoorlie will be on display — see what they look like before our restorers get to work! The tour includes: 
• an inspection of the workshop and equipment used to maintain and restore electric trams, 
• current restoration activities,
• a presentation on the tramway history of Western Australia in the 19th and 20th centuries, and 
• historical photographs from the Society’s collection.

The Perth Electric Tramway Society runs the only vintage electric tramway in Western Australia. Books and souvenirs are available for sale.

Dates: Sunday 24 April
Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm
Cost: $5.00 adults, $2.50 children
Location:  Meet at the Village tram stop outside the Visitors Information Center