This up-market suburb is home to Perth’s swankiest shopping area, centred around Bay View Terrace. The Claremont Museum, on Victoria Avenue, was built in 1862 by convicts and the Pensioner Guards as the Freshwater Bay School. It now offers an interesting social-history display of more than 9000 items related to the district, including artefacts, photographs, oral history tapes and documents. The main exhibitions are housed in the schoolhouse, which has been carefully preserved to provide a glimpse into the colonial education system. Nearby is a children’s playground and picnic area. 66 Victoria Ave, Claremont; (08) 9340 6983; open 12–4pm Mon–Fri; admission free.

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