Population 527

Gingin is one of the oldest towns in Western Australia, having been settled in 1832, only 2 years after the establishment of the Swan River Colony. For tourists, it has the charm of old original stone buildings within a picturesque natural setting. Situated 84 kilometres north of Perth, it is an ideal destination for a daytrip from the city.

Visitor Information

Council offices, Brockman St; (08) 9575 2211

Nearby national parks

  • Yanchep National Park

    Just a 45-minute drive from Perth, Yanchep is one of Western Australia’s oldest national parks. Lying on a belt of coastal limestone,...more

  • Avon Valley National Park

    The Avon River runs through the centre of this national park, not far from Perth and once occupied by the Nyoongar people of the Darling...more

  • Walyunga National Park

    Set on the edge of the Darling Scarp just north of Perth, Walyunga National Park encompasses a section of the Swan River valley. It is here...more

Nearby towns

  • Yanchep

    Only 58 kilometres north of Perth, Yanchep is a rapidly developing recreational area and popular tourist destination. It provides safe,...more

  • New Norcia

    In 1846 Spanish Benedictine monks established a mission 132 kilometres north of Perth in the secluded Moore Valley in an attempt to help...more

  • Toodyay

    This National Trust–classified town is nestled in the Avon Valley surrounded by picturesque farming country and bushland. The name...more

In Town

Historic buildings Enjoy a pleasant self-guided stroll around the town on the Gingin Walkabout Trail, which features many fine examples of early architecture including Philbey's Cottage and St Luke's Anglican Church, both made from local stone. Contact visitor centre for map.

Granville Park: in the heart of the town with free barbecue facilities, playground and picnic area.

Self-guided walks: stroll along the Gingin Brook on the Jim Gordon VC Trail or try the Three Bridges Recreation Trail, rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in Dec 2002; contact visitor centre for maps.


Gravity Discovery Centre Opened in 2003, this $4 million centre offers hands-on and static scientific displays on gravity, magnetism and electricity. It includes the biggest public astronomy centre in the Southern Hemisphere and the largest telescope in WA. Visitors can take a high-tech look at heavenly bodies in an evening presentation (bookings essential) and see a number of WA inventions relating to physics. Military Rd; (08) 9575 7577; 15 km SW.

Cemetery: with a spectacular display of kangaroo paws in early spring; northern outskirts of town.

Jylland Winery: open to public, wine-tastings and cellar-door sales; 2 km S.

West Coast Honey: live bee display, honey extraction, tastings, sales of honey and bee products; open 9am–4pm Wed–Sun, or Mon and Tues by appt; Gingin Brook Rd; 3 km W.

Moore River National Park: special area for conservation featuring banksia woodlands and wildflower displays in spring; 20 km NW.

Fishing spots near town

Perth 72 km

The Swan River produces many species, including bream, mulloway, herring, tailor, tarwhine, silver trevally, Samson fish and flathead. This is a year- round fishery for the much sought bream. In summer the bream run... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Kings Park and Botanic Garden 69 km

Arguably the most scenic botanic gardens in the country, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, with its hilltop location, offers great views over the city and beyond, and has plenty of space for picnicking, cycling and walking.... Find out more

Perth Zoo 70 km

You can certainly while away a few hours at this excellent zoo, which is involved in conservation and has a breeding program for native endangered species, including the western swamp tortoise, Shark Bay mouse and... Find out more

Hiking the Bibbulmun Track 71 km

You do not need to dedicate six to eight weeks to walk the superb 965-kilometre Bibbulmun Track in order to enjoy it. There are plenty of places to get on and off the track, so you can stretch the legs for a few hours,... Find out more

Diving around Perth 80 km

There are some shore dives in and around Fremantle and Perth, and plenty of great boat dives to Rottnest Island and further afield. Dolphin Dive Fremantle is an eco-accredited dive shop with a large boat, and will rent... Find out more

Cycling on Rottnest Island 80 km

You can hire a bike before you get to Rottnest, and take it on the ferry, or hire on the island at Rottnest Island Bike Hire (located behind the Quokka Arms Hotel). The company has tandems, child seats, trailers and... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Joondalup Country Club & Resort 47 km

Few inland courses in Australia boast such visually sensational holes as you will encounter at Joondalup. This 27-hole layout, a 25-minute drive north of Perth’s CBD, is a unique golfing experience and the... Find out more

The Vines Resort & Country Club (Lakes course) 47 km

Few courses in Australia let you walk in the footsteps of the game’s best players simply by booking a tee time and paying your green fee. The Vines, as the stage for such events as the Heineken Classic, Johnnie... Find out more

Lake Karrinyup Country Club 58 km

For more than five decades Lake Karrinyup was widely considered one of Australia’s classic courses. It first won national acclaim when it hosted the 1952 Australian Open, won by Norman von Nida. The Open... Find out more

The Western Australian Golf Club 61 km

The Western Australian Golf Club is a hidden gem, particularly to visitors from interstate or overseas. Set amid the rolling hills of suburban Yokine, and covering some of the highest points to be found north of... Find out more

Mt Lawley Golf Club 63 km

Perth was a booming town in the late 1920s, and as more and more people headed west from the eastern states, the demand for golf courses grew. Four of Perth’s finest layouts – Lake Karrinyup, Cottesloe,... Find out more

Cottesloe Golf Club 70 km

Cottesloe is internationally renowned for its superb beach, backing on to rows of towering Norfolk Island pines and wonderful terraced lawns, an idyllic spot to soak up views of the Indian Ocean. If you were expecting... Find out more

Araluen Golf Resort 90 km

Steep forest-covered hills above deep valleys are not the ideal landscape on which to create a golf course. But that did not stop the developers of Araluen Golf Resort – in the Roleystone Hills, 45 minutes... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Amirage Restaurant

Situated within magnificent gardens, the Amirage Restaurant prides itself on using local produce wherever possible; in particular, the steak, olive oil and olives are sourced from within the valley. The menu has a... Find out more

Gingin Hotel

The Gingin Hotel is yet another example of the rewards of saving our heritage. Originally built in 1902, the hotel has undergone extensive renovations and now up to 100 patrons can dine in country elegance while... Find out more

Kyotmunga Estate

Kyotmunga offers laid-back dining overlooking the spectacular Avon Valley National Park. Platters include dolmades, cheese, olives, fresh bread, extra-virgin olive oil and dukkah spice mixture. The olive oil and dukkah... Find out more

Stringybark Winery, Restaurant & Function Centre

Serving hearty traditional favourites, the rustic Stringybark Winery and Restaurant is a lovely country escape only an hour from Perth. One of the oldest vineyards in the Chittering Valley, a limited quantity of wines... Find out more

Willowbrook Farm Tearooms & Caravan Park

Overlooking a picturesque property under the pergola of an old homestead built in 1874, the Willowbrook Farm Tearooms is approximately 20 kilometres from Gingin and oozes country charm. Come here for home-cooked... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

The Sandcastle 82 km

The Sandcastle is an up-market option in South Fremantle, with beautiful food, much of which comes from sustainable resources, and organic wines and beers. As well as stocking organic vegetables, grains and meats, the... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Feral Brewing Company 52 km

Based in the Swan Valley, Feral Brewing produces a range of sometimes challenging beers that are served on tap at their bar/restaurant (and a handful of other outlets), plus their flagship bottled product Feral White,... Find out more

Mash Brewing Company 52 km

The simply named Mash Brewing Company debuted in April 2006, adding to the significant cluster of craft breweries operating out of the Swan Valley. Inspired by the Little Creatures model, the brewery is positioned... Find out more

Duckstein Brewery 53 km

Duckstein Brewery actually has two separate breweries and outlets located in both the Swan Valley and Margaret River wine regions. The original 60-litre microbrewery (or should that be microscopic brewery) is one of the... Find out more

Elmar's In the Valley 53 km

Having established a successful smallgoods business, German-born couple Elmar and Anette Dieren branched out to establish this sizeable bar, restaurant and beer garden complex, which also includes a microbrewery. While... Find out more

Billabong Brewing 78 km

Owner Alan Proctor started Billabong Brewing as Western Australia’s first brew-on-premise operation, where homebrewers come to make their own beer and bottle it, using professional equipment. In 2006 Proctor... Find out more

Gage Roads Brewing Company 79 km

Established in 2002 by former Sail & Anchor brewing team Peter Nolin and Bill Hoedemaker, Gage Roads Brewing started producing beer from the Palmyra site in mid-2005. The US-born pair was apparently frustrated that... Find out more

Swan Brewery 80 km

The Swan Brewery was established in 1857 by early Western Australian settler Frank Sherwood, who had emigrated from England with his family in 1842. Interestingly, he originally set up a school of classics and languages... Find out more

Sail & Anchor Hotel 80 km

The Australian craft beer movement was kick-started at the Sail & Anchor Hotel in 1984 when the first house-brewed ale flowed there. Phil Sexton and his partners in the Matilda Bay Brewing Company were building the... Find out more

Little Creatures Brewing 80 km

After dabbling in wine and working as a brewing consultant in the US, craftbeer pioneer Phil Sexton re-surfaced in the local beer scene, along with a couple of other former Matilda Bay Brewing heavyweights, with the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Ridges camping area 27 km

This small campsite is 16 km from the Coastal Plain Walk trackhead at Ghost House Ruins and 19.9 km from Moitch camping area. You’ll need to bring a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Moitch camping area 31 km

This small campsite is 19.9 km from Ridges camping area and 17 km from Prickly Bark camping area. Bring your own water, and a gas/fuel stove is preferred.... Find out more

Guilderton Caravan Park 38 km

This little coastal town at the mouth of the Moore River, about 100 km north of Perth, stands guard over the wreck of the Dutch ship Gilt Dragon, which foundered on an offshore reef in 1656. The caravan park has large,... Find out more

Thirty-Seven Mile Road camping area 40 km

There’s no surprise that this camping area is on Thirty-Seven Mile Rd. You’ll find it off Plunket Rd, 40 km west of Toodyay. Bring your own supply of drinking water.... Find out more

Prickly Bark camping area 41 km

This small campsite in the bush is 17 km from Moitch camping area and 2.7 km west of the trackhead in Melaleuca Conservation Park. A gas/fuel stove is preferred and you need to bring your own water.... Find out more

Sappers camping area 41 km

Sappers camping area is 25 km west of Toodyay on Sappers Rd, off Plunket Rd. Bring drinking water and come in a 4WD. Note: this camping area may be closed in winter.... Find out more

Bald Hill camping area 42 km

Bald Hill camping area is near the top of a hill overlooking the Avon Valley to the west of Drummonds camping area, reached via  Governors Dr off Quarry Rd. A short walk onto the stony outcrops provides... Find out more

Valley camping area 42 km

Valley camping area is at the bottom of a valley near the Avon River. It’s reached via Forty-One Mile Rd, off Quarry Rd. Note: access to the river is restricted due to the main east–west railway line.... Find out more

Drummonds camping area 42 km

Drummonds camping area is set among wandoo woodlands overlooking the Avon Valley. Access in is steep, so you’ll need a 4WD tow if you’re bringing in a campervan. The campsite is to the west of... Find out more

Homestead camping area 43 km

Homestead camping area is adjacent to a small creek in wandoo forest. To find it, head 30 km west of Toodyay and 55 km north-east of Midland via Governors Dr, off Quarry Rd.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Guilderton Caravan Park 38 km

Located in a picturesque setting at the mouth of the Moore River, this popular beachside holiday park is on the water’s edge and has good camping and caravan sites. Amenities are basic and a small shop and cafe are... Find out more

Ledge Point Holiday Park 57 km

This park is just a few years old. It has the latest facilities and will be a great asset to the area. There is an internet cafe and bookings are essential in busy times. A minimum-length stay applies during peak... Find out more

Karrinyup Waters Resort 58 km

Just 14 km north of Perth and close to the Mitchell Freeway, this park is just a short distance from the beach. With very good amenities and facilities that include a spa and solar-heated pool, this is a good base for... Find out more

Perth Vineyards Holiday Park 59 km

Situated in the grape-growing area of the Upper Swan River, about 14 km from the centre of Perth, this quality park has easy access to the main routes north and east. It has grassy and paved sites, some with good shade.... Find out more

Banksia Tourist Park 65 km

This is an ideal location for those arriving in Perth from the north or the east wanting to stay on the outskirts. The park is in a semi-rural setting just a few minutes from Midland. The quality park is well laid out... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Perth 72 km

This is a great park with excellent amenities, in the eastern suburbs 16 km from the centre of Perth. It also has a van-storage area. Access to the park is easy from all directions along main arterial routes. Bookings... Find out more

Woodman Point Holiday Park 88 km

Large and popular, this tourist park has walking access to the beach and is just 7 km from Fremantle. The managers run nature walks around the local area year round. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town


Set in an idyllic country location, Brookside gives guests the opportunity to explore the region and its wineries, cafes, Moore River and many other rural activities. The modern chalets are fully self-contained and are... Find out more

Bindoon’s Windmill Farm

Fancy a break from city living? Then head to Bindoon’s Windmill Farm, a 16-hectare property just an hour from Perth and home to native wildlife and plants. Both chalets here are ideal for group stays and every... Find out more

Burroloo Well Farmstay

If you’re craving privacy, Burroloo Well Farmstay will satisfy since it’s located on 280 hectares of farm. The double-storey house is set high in the Darling Range and has views across the Chittering Lake,... Find out more

Orchard Glory Farm Resort

All 20 of the chalets at the Orchard Glory Farm Resort are fully self-contained, tastefully decorated and even have custom-made beds for the long-legged. Situated in the Chittering Valley and its many attractions, the... Find out more

The Orchard Villa

The architecturally designed, Mediterranean-style Orchard Villa is reminiscent of provincial France as lavender, olive trees and fruit orchards pepper the air. All four bedrooms are lovingly and plushly furnished, and... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Bindoon Hill rest area 24 km

10km N of Bindoon (L) or 41km S of New Norcia (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. On both sides of the highway.

Nature Trail rest area 35 km

11km S of Regans Ford (R) or 37km N of Gingin (L)

Secluded behind trees just off the highway.

Information Bay rest area 43 km

3km S of Regans Ford (R) or 45km N of Gingin (L)

Secluded behind trees just off the highway.

Regans Ford park area 44 km

At Regans Ford

Just off the highway under shady trees. Opposite the roadhouse.

Bakers Hill park area 69 km

At Bakers Hill  

Adjacent to the highway at the information bay on the west side of town.

Forsyths Mill rest area 69 km

11km E of Mundaring (R) or 27km W of Bakers Hill (L)

Secluded in a natural bush setting just off the highway.

Eadine Springs rest area 73 km

9km E of Bakers Hill (L) or 14km W of Northam (R)

Secluded picnic area among trees. Well off the highway.

What's on around town

Horticultural Expo: Apr.

British Car Club Day: May.

Market Day Festival: Sept.

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