Wanneroo - Places to See

Buckingham House

Of historic interest is Buckingham House in Neville Drive. Built by John Buckingham sometime between 1880­1890 the house is a typical modest rural dwelling of the period - a simple rectangular design with four rooms and a hipped roof. It was built from limestone and timber with a simple timber shingle roof. It is a good example of the kind of dwellings farmers built in the area at the end of the nineteenth century.

A variety of Attractions
Then there are the usual run of commercial tourist attractions - Dizzylamb Amusement Park with its scenic railway, military and vintage car museums, ferris wheel, bumper boats and mini race track, Wildflower Cottage (10 km north of Wanneroo) with its aviary, wildflowers and crafts, Paul Conti Wines at 529 Wanneroo Road with its chardonnay, shiraz, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, and pinot noir, the Kingsley International Doll Display at 71 Kingsley Drive with 2000 dolls, The Gumnut Factory at 30 Prindiville Drive where novelties are made from gumnuts, Wanneroo Water World and, no town should be without one, the World¹s biggest Boomerang.

One of the town¹s more interesting attractions, located at the north end of Lake Joondalup, is 'Botanic Golf' - mini-golf set in landscaped gardens boasting rockeries, water courses, lawns, waterfalls, ornamental ponds, exotic plants and fountains. It is an 18 hole course played with a putter and regular golf ball. 'Botanic Golf' is open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10.00 a.m.-10.00 p.m.

Heritage Trails
There are two excellent Heritage Trails in the area. The Yaberoo-Budjara Heritage Trail is a 28 km walking trail from the shore of Lake Joondalup to Yanchep National Park. As the brochure points out 'The trail is based on Yellagonga's tribe's movement track linking the linear lakes of the coastal plain, later used by Europeans as a stock route.'

The trail is broken into five sections with the first section, which lasts about one hour, following Lake Joondalup and looking at the flora and fauna (particularly the birds) which inhabit the wetlands of the area. The second section passes through the Neerabup National Park and studies the plant life of the park. The third section moves from stands of jarrah and sheoak into banksia woodland and finally to limestone heath. The fourth section passes through tuart forest and recalls some of the Aboriginal legends which are associated with the area. And the final section passes from the tuart forests back to the banksia woodland and heath of Yanchep National Park. In total it is estimated that the entire walk takes about 13 hours.

People less eager to walk such a distance will probably prefer Lake Joondalup Heritage Trail, a 27 km drive around Lake Joondalup which traces the history of the Wanneroo district. Of importance on the trail is the Cockman House, a rendered limestone homestead which was built in the 1870s and is now the oldest surviving building in the district. The trail also includes a number of parks and reserves as well as St Anthony¹s Church and Buckingham House.

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