WAnderland is for travellers who have never been able to leave a locked room alone, a page unturned, or an overgrown trail ignored. It’s a guide to uncovering stories you’ve never heard, and that few have been curious enough to find.
For the first time ever, we’ve brought together WA’s unexpected regional collections to inspire your next adventure. With the help of local custodians, we’ve mapped our State’s treasure trove of bygone tales and talismans. It’s a rediscovery of long-hidden things; a lucky dip for the weird, wonderful, odd-shaped, and eyebrow raising.
WAnderland is the result of many months and even more kilometres. Our project team visited every featured collection in order to bring this to life.
On our travels, we never knew what we were about to discover until we opened the door. On one occasion, that was an entire hall full of beautiful old wedding dresses; on another, it was a huge shed full of working windmills from all over the world. Surprise, we quickly learned, was the common thread between the collections.
WAnderland features traditional collecting organisations, such as galleries, libraries, archives and museums, plus many others. The collections are housed in a number of different settings: Aboriginal art and cultural centres, visitor centres, RSLs, private collections, historic buildings, and even a racing track. All are looked after by people who really, truly care.
If we can part one last word of wisdom, it would be to take your time. Embrace where you are, fully immerse yourself – maybe even have a yarn with the proud, always-welcoming hosts. This is off-road travel in the truest sense.