Thomson Bay Colonial Buildings Walking Tour is a 1.5 mile loop trail located near Rottnest Island, Western Australia, Australia. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for walking.
Rottnest Island lies off the Western Australian coast, 19 kilometres from Fremantle. The Aboriginal name for Rottnest Island is Wadjemup and is located in Noongar Country. It has always played an important part in Aboriginal culture and spirituality. European settlement took place on the Island after the establishment of the Swan River Colony in 1829. In 1830 a townsite was proposed and town lots were offered to the public in the area now known as the Thomson Bay Settlement. This historical walk starts at the Museum building, which was originally built as the Old Mill and Hay Store. The tour will explore the colonial buildings and landscape of the Thomson Bay Settlement.
This is also available as a free paper hand-out from the Rottnest Island Museum - however this smartphone version you some fascinating historical photo's.
As you walk the oldest continuously inhabited street in Australia, Vincent Way, view photographs of those who walked before; a horse and cart on Main Street, the Pilot crew at the Boathouse and women with parasols and corsets boarding the ferry in 1912.