Situated 28kms from the capital city of Perth in Western Australia, the suburb of Armadale exudes a friendly country-style charm. Amidst beautiful parks, rolling hills and scenic valleys, the pretty suburb and its surrounding area boast many fun-filled events and a diversity of historic, man-made and natural attractions. In the city of Armadale, 12,019 souls reside in the community-focussed suburb of Armadale.
Many interesting historic buildings and sites are found throughout Armadale. The Minnawarra Historic Precinct contains an interesting old schoolhouse, church, and History House Museum. Pioneer Village, a recreated 1860s village is filled with many quaint specialty shops and visitors can even try their luck at panning for gold. For an insight into the progression of technology over the years, the Bert Tyler Vintage Machinery Museum showcases interesting examples of agricultural machinery and memorabilia, and the Armadale Telegraph Outpost Centre features a rare collection of early communication equipment and even gives Morse code demonstrations.
Many events enliven the city of Armadale every year. The Armadale Highland Gathering celebrates all things Scottish with highland and country dancing, a pipe band competition, and lots of food and drink. Also held within the suburb of Armadale, the Minnawarra Festival features a mixture of art, cultural activities and entertainment for all ages. In the neighbouring suburbs, visitors can marvel at the stunning tulip displays at Springtime at Araluen, and experience all the fun-filled delights of the Kelmscott Show.
Surrounded by a plenitude of attractions, stunning natural landscapes and charming semi-rural suburbs, the visitor is surely spoilt for choice when staying in Armadale.
The Araluen Botanic Park in nearby Roleystone boasts stunning scenery, landscaped exotic and native gardens, and great picnic areas. A wonderful restaurant and the world-class Araluen golf course are also located in the vicinity.
Visitors can get up close and personal to Australian animals at both the Armadale Reptile and Wildlife Centre and the Cohunu Koala Park.
Churchman Brook Dam boasts spectacular scenery and great picnic and barbeque areas for a lovely family day out.
For a step back in time, pretty Tudor-style buildings house a charming pub and restaurant at the Elizabethan Village in the neighbouring suburb of Bedfordale.
Armadale Restaurants and Cafes
A number of cafes, takeaway outlets and restaurants are located along the main shopping strip of Jull St, and a wide variety of different cuisines are served up at the food court in Armadale Shopping City.
The expansive Armadale Shopping City consists of a many major chains and a large range of specialty stores. When it isnt lined with lovely market stalls, the pretty Jull St mall is a great place for a stroll and a browse through the boutiques.
National Park Bungendore Park
On the edge of the Darling Scarp, just 3kms southeast of Armadale, the Bungendore Park comprised of Jarrah-Marri forest, has over 80 bird species and abundant flora and fauna. Sweeping views to the Swan Coastal Plain can be obtained from the reserve, and many walking trails throughout the park allow for close encounters with nature.
The suburb of Armadale began to grow around the Narrogin Inn, an important staging post for travellers heading south to either Bunbury or Albany. The original Inn was replaced by the current one built in 1936. Despite the transition, the current Inn is well regarded as a significant landmark. The opening of the South West Railway in 1893 had a significant impact on the growth of Armadale.