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Today and always we stand on the traditional land of the Whadjuk Noongar people.


Kalamunda is situated approximately 25km inland from Perth, Western Australia in the Darling Ranges. The district evolved from the timber and orchard industries and became a popular holiday venue for the people of Perth and Fremantle. The name Kalamunda derives from the Aboriginal 'Cala', meaning bush, and 'Munnda', meaning hearth.

The Kalamunda and Districts Historical Society manages the largest local history museum in Western Australia, depicting the unique hills life and industries centred around the development of the Kalamunda area. The Kalamunda History Village and Stirk Cottage are situated in pleasant surroundings close to the centre of the Kalamunda town site.



The Society

The Kalamunda and Districts Historical Society was formed in 1969 to promote interest in the local history of the Shire of Kalamunda. The Society holds monthly meetings, activities and visits throughout the year for its members.  A bimonthly bulletin is published to keep members informed of the latest news of the museums, members and interesting stories of Kalamunda's history.

Kalamunda History Village

Kalamunda History Village is an unique heritage destination. Consisting of local heritage buildings which have been relocated to the site of the former Upper Darling Range Railway Station. Built in the 1890s to service the Zig Zag line which transported timber from Canning Mills to the main line at Midland Junction, there are surprises around every corner.


Weekdays 10am to 3pm

Thursday 12pm to 3pm

Weekends 10am to 4pm

* Entry fees apply

April School Holidays

This school holidays, as part of the Heritage Festival WA, the Kalamunda History Village has stories and tales to tell and share.

Take a self-guided tour around the village following the Pioneer Tales of the Kalamunda Railway booklet available on entry.

There are several short films and narrated stories playing throughout the museum.

Plus, children’s craft activities are ready to make in Ellis Cottage building during the weekdays Mon-Fri.

General Entry prices apply.

Stirk Cottage

Visit Kalamunda’s first heritage listed cottage, with its distinct architecture & household goods made from recycled materials. This 1881 hand-built cottage was the family home of early hills settlers Frederick and Elizabeth Stirk, and their nine children.



Sunday 2 pm to 4pm

*Gold coin donation welcomed

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