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Old Mill (Shenton's Mill)

Enjoy the history of this site in the center of Perth, which provides a cozy and nostalgic reminder of Australia’s farming past.

Visit the historic old mill, an iconic monument in Perth. Its distinct white exterior and egg-shaped body makes it stand out from the parks and skyscrapers surrounding the Swan River. Take an hour or so to enjoy its scenic location on the Mill Point peninsula and learn more about the heritage of Western Australian farming.

Commissioned by William Kernot Shenton in 1835, the Old Mill is also called Shenton’s Mill. The heritage building has survived the transformation of Perth into a modern city. Come to learn of its stories and its quirks, such as the fact that its exterior was fortified to withstand attacks from indigenous tribes. Though flour has not been produced here since the introduction of more profitable flour processing in 1859, it is one of Perth’s most beloved historic icons.

Take an informative tour of the building to learn about its story; the use of Swan River as an avenue for flour transport and the tough lives of early settlers. Enter the building to see some historic artifacts from the days of colonization. Architecture enthusiasts will enjoy its distinct early colonial design.

After learning about its history, explore the Old Mill’s surroundings with a pleasant walk around the tip of the Mill Point peninsula. Grab some coffee or lunch along the shores of the Swan River and bask in the warm Western Australian sun. At night you can go to see a performance at the Old Mill Theatre.

The Old Mill is located in South Perth at the foot of the Narrows Bridge, which connects the peninsula with the city center. Drive or cycle over the bridge or catch a ferry from the Barrack Street Jetty under the Swan Bell Tower to the peninsula and look back to get a stunning view of the city skyline.

Entry to the Old Mill is by donation and the surrounding land is a public park. The site is open daily for limited hours, but closed on Mondays and public holidays. Call ahead to book a tour of the Old Mill, held four days a week.


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Four Points by Sheraton Perth ¥8,192
Four Points by Sheraton Perth

Four Points by Sheraton Perth

707 Wellington Street, Perth, WA
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Perth Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of RAC Arena, His Majesty's Theatre, and Watertown Brand Outlet Centre. Northbridge Piazza and Yagan Square are also within 10 minutes. Perth Underground Station is 8 minutes by foot and Perth Station is 10 minutes.

    Pan Pacific Perth ¥10,945
    Pan Pacific Perth

    Pan Pacific Perth

    207 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth, WA
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of East Perth, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Perth Mint and Langley Park. Swan River Foreshore Trail and Hay Street Mall are also within 15 minutes. Perth McIver Station is 13 minutes by foot and Perth Claisebrook Station is 14 minutes.

      Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge ¥8,002
      Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge

      Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge

      100 James Street, Northbridge, WA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Northbridge, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yagan Square and Murray Street Mall. Elizabeth Quay and Perth Mint are also within 1 mi (2 km). Perth Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Perth Station is 7 minutes.

        The Ritz-Carlton, Perth ¥26,777
        The Ritz-Carlton, Perth

        The Ritz-Carlton, Perth

        1 BARRACK STREET, Perth, WA
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Perth Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Barrack Street Jetty Ferry Terminal and Elizabeth Quay. Perth Convention Exhibition Centre (PCEC) and Perth Mint are also within 15 minutes. Perth Esplanade Station is 6 minutes by foot and Perth Station is 9 minutes.

          The Peninsula Riverside Serviced Apartments ¥12,814
          The Peninsula Riverside Serviced Apartments

          The Peninsula Riverside Serviced Apartments

          53 South Perth Esplanade, South Perth, WA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the riverwalk, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Perth Zoo and within 3 mi (5 km) of Perth Convention Exhibition Centre (PCEC) and RAC Arena. Watertown and Perth Mint are also within 3 mi (5 km). Perth Esplanade Station is 29 minutes by foot.

            Hyatt Regency Perth ¥10,280
            Hyatt Regency Perth

            Hyatt Regency Perth

            99 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth, WA
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Langley Park and Perth Mint. WACA and Elizabeth Quay are also within 2 mi (3 km). Perth Claisebrook Station is 18 minutes by foot and Perth McIver Station is 19 minutes.

              South Perth Deluxe Apartment
              South Perth Deluxe Apartment

              South Perth Deluxe Apartment

              7/27 Mill Point Road, South Perth, WA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in South Perth, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Mill (Shenton's Mill), Elizabeth Quay, and Perth Zoo. Perth Convention Exhibition Centre (PCEC) and Hay Street Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km). Perth Esplanade Station is 23 minutes by foot.

                Lodestar Waterside Apartments ¥7,809
                Lodestar Waterside Apartments

                Lodestar Waterside Apartments

                29 Melville Parade, South Perth, WA
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the waterfront, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Mill (Shenton's Mill) and Old Mill Theatre. Perth Zoo and Swan Brewery are also within 2 mi (3 km). Perth Esplanade Station is 28 minutes by foot.