This pleasant, semi-rural town about 29 kilometres south-east of Perth’s CBD is well-known for its historic buildings, many of which have been lovingly preserved.
The Signal Box, built in the 1890s and moved to its present site from the railway station, houses an arts and craft centre, and the Minniwarra Historic Precinct, which includes the History House Museum, also features an old school and church.
The Bert Tyler Vintage Machinery Museum contains an extensive collection of working machinery and the Armadale Outpost Telegraph Centre is the only operating telegraphic messages centre in WA.
The Armadale-Kelmscott area was first settled in 1830. By the early 1850s convict labour had built a good road from Armadale to Perth and by 1853 the Narrogin Inn, a wattle and daub construction that was to be the first building in the township of Armadale, had been constructed at the corner of the Albany and South West Highways. It is now known as Ye Olde Narrogin Inne and has been incorporated into the Pioneer World historic attraction here.