Guilderton is a nature-based tourist asset, which lies just 90 kms north of Perth, on Indian Ocean Drive. The town is situated on the last remaining river estuary (Moore River) on the Swan Coastal Plain unspoilt by development. Residents strive to maintain the near pristine environment at its best for current and future generations to enjoy.
There are many holiday homes for rent through Country Values Gingin, HOMEAWAY or AIRBNB. The Guilderton caravan park caters for caravan and camp sites plus self-contained chalets. Historical Tupin House can cater for groups of up to 70 people.
The local community association supports environmental programmes such as weed control and revegetation plus organises and promotes events for locals and visitors to enjoy. Some of our annual events include Music in the Park and the Easter Art Show plus various workshops e.g. painting, mosaics and writing. For the latest information go to www.guildertonwa.com.au
There are several places to eat ranging from takeaways at the General Store and Roadhouse to a meal and a game of pool at the Country Club.
Other activities to enjoy:
- Round of golf – 18-hole golf course with sand greens.
- Footgolf – a football is kicked into a series of large holes, the object being to complete the course using the fewest possible shots.
- Walk on one of Australia’s cleanest beaches – Awarded cleanest beach in Australia 2015.
- Walk trails that explore the coastal dunes or banks of Moore River.
- Swimming and surfing
Top Things to Do in Guilderton
- Explore the Moore River – Enjoy the beautiful and pristine Moore River via walking trails, river cruise, canoe hire, picnic on the foreshore or take a small boat up river.
- Swimming – Either in the beautiful Indian Ocean or in the Moore River.
- Fishing – Excellent beach fishing on one of the cleanest beaches in Australia or in the river at silver creek or the foreshore.
- Explore nature trails – Walk one of the many nature walks either coastal or along the Moore River.
- Sporting activities – Play a Game of Golf, foot golf, mini golf, tennis or lawn bowls at the local Country Club
History of Guilderton
The mouth of the Moore River was originally known as Gabbadah, meaning a mouthful of water. The area has been used by the Yued people for eons, and for general recreation since the earliest days of white settlement in the Gingin district. Around 1905, a 100-acre block at Gabbadah, owned by Henry Brockman, was made a reserve for picnicking and camping. A well and 3 cottages were built in 1907, people were charged one shilling per week for the use of these cottages.
The town of Guilderton was named after the Dutch guilders presumed from the Dutch sailing Ship ‘Vergulde Draeck’ found in sand dunes north of the town in 1931.
The Moore River has a catchment of over 12,000 square kms and its main source is over 200km inland. The river was named in 1836 by Private Patrick Heffron who named it after George Fletcher Moore who was the leader of the expedition that Heffron was a part of. The river flows into the ocean at Guilderton, when nature periodically opens the sandbar.