Peninsula Farm Café at Peninsula Farm – Expressions of Interest to Lease

The National Trust of Western Australia is seeking an experienced operator to deliver an outstanding and unique food and beverage offering to complement this remarkable heritage property. A riverside location on the grounds of a unique heritage attraction, this 170 m2 building includes the option to adapt.

Peninsula Farm sits on the banks of the Swan River and is easily accessible by car, bus and boat. Twenty minutes by riverside cycle paths from the CBD, it is popular with cyclists and walkers. A public jetty sits next to the site. Visitors enjoy magnificent river and wetland views in a garden setting. This significant heritage place is an attraction in its own right and has included a food and beverage offering for many years. It boasts a loyal customer base.

The trading name ‘Peninsula Farm Café’ has been registered by the National Trust for the new offering to reinforce the historic use of the place for food production.


Lease offering (exclusive use):

  • 1984 café building – 100 m2
    Built as a caretaker’s house and converted to a café. Currently seats 70 pax; no conservation restrictions internally.
  • Grounds – Lease negotiable
    Extension of seating area around existing oak tree with low key shade structure permissible (refer development guidelines).

Licence offering (non-exclusive use):

From 1839 Historic House

  • Dry Store – 27 m2
  • Courtyard – 37 m2
    An attractive room with a private courtyard suitable for 35 pax events including workshops, conferences and functions.
  • Verandah – 47 m2
    Verandah with adjacent grounds suitable for functions and events.
  • Grounds
    A variety of areas suitable for outdoor events and functions.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted to the Trust by 3pm Thursday, 22 August 2019 to OR PO Box 1162, West Perth 6872

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Open for Inspection

Peninsula Teagarden will be open for inspection by interested parties.


Wednesday, 24 July 2019 between 10am and 1pm.

Please register your visit by emailing



The National Trust is seeking to attract a food and beverage operator with the necessary skills, experience and financial resources for a long‑term commitment to Peninsula Farm.

Our vision is to improve the visitor experience and increase the use of our places by offering diverse experiences including community and private events, functions as well as on site food and beverage offerings.

It is vital that we provide unique signature experiences for our visitors and that the food and beverage offering is integrated into the heritage experience, inviting engagement with the values of the place.

We aim for a sustainable Trust with an increase in revenue to assist with the maintenance of our places. Lessees should understand and subscribe to the heritage values of our places and cross-promote the Trust’s offerings around the State with the aim to increase visitation and visitor satisfaction.

It is also desirable that membership, volunteer and donor recruitment can be achieved via a complementary café and heritage experience. We look forward to discussing ways in which we can work together to achieve these aims.

Submission Criteria

The Trust is seeking a sustainable long-term proposition that improves the heritage tourism experience at Peninsula Farm.


  • to offer both seated and take-away options encouraging increased use of the grounds by visitors
  • to modify existing footprint to upgrade kitchen and toilets
  • to offer functions in a range of spaces outside the lease area through a licence agreement
  • To manage venue hire, events and functions on behalf of the National Trust on a non-exclusive basis
  • to partner with tour boat operators.
  • negotiable 5 + 5 years.
Rental Fee
  • negotiable, dependent on capital investment.
Service Level Agreement
  • will be used to ensure consistent quality of products and services aligned to the Trust’s values.
  • Subject to, and conditional on, the Minister for Land’s consent and relevant local government approvals.
  • Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance cover of $20 million each.

Expressions of Interest submissions should include:

  • Name of the proponent(s), business address and relevant contact details.
  • Details of any proposed team members, consultants/contractors.
  • Details of proposed use of the place and any anticipated impact (positive or negative) on heritage values.
  • Business case.
  • Details of proposed lease terms including but not limited to:
    • Length of the desired lease
    • Extent of lease boundary
    • Proposed rental fee
    • Proposed capital expenditure
    • Proof of necessary funds to cover proposed works
    • Any other relevant terms and conditions.
  • Names and contact details of two referees who have had recent dealings with the proponents.
  • Level of insurances and name of the company that holds the policy.

Timeframe for Expression of Interest:

  • Wednesday, 24 July: Open Day at Peninsula Farm Cafe
  • Thursday, 22 August: EOI deadline
  • Tuesday, 1 October: Negotiation period commences
  • Friday, 1 November: Lease approval
  • Wednesday, 1 January: Earliest lease commencement date

For further information or questions, please contact the National Trust’s Lease and Property Officer:

Ms Micaela Pereira
Phone: (08) 9321 6088

Site Plan


Riverside location on the grounds of a unique heritage attraction. This 170 m2 building includes the option to adapt.

Peninsula Farm Cafe


2A Johnson Road
Maylands WA 6051


This area is known as Wu‑rut Woorat and has been the land of the Wadjuk people since dreamtime.

According to Noongar tradition, the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River) was formed by the mythological serpent, the Waugyl. The river has had continuing importance from past to contemporary Noongar culture. Its environment is home to rare and priority flora.

In 1829 the erroneous belief that the river provided rich arable land led to the establishment of the Swan River Colony, the first free (non‑convict) colonial settlement in Australia.

The Maylands Peninsula became home to Joseph and Ann Hardey who arrived on the ship Tranby in February 1830, a few months after the establishment of the Swan River Colony. They left England with livestock, farm equipment, household goods and furniture, building materials, servants and farm workers. They also brought their strong Wesleyan faith, a conviction for hard work and thrift and practical farming experience.

Lieutenant Governor James Stirling had intended the peninsula be used as a racecourse but he was persuaded to grant the land with its fertile soil to the
Hardeys and some of their fellow passengers. Within four months of their arrival Joseph and Ann moved into a wattle and daub house. Three weeks later their first daughter was born. They lost their first home the following winter due to flood and a second in the same circumstances. In 1839 they built their third, the one that remains today and home of the Hardey family for 74 years.

Joseph and Ann raised six children at Peninsula Farm, five girls and one boy. The small but successful mixed farm supported the family and its servants
with wheat, barley, oats and rye, root vegetables, fruit, olives and almonds and produced beer and wine.

Farming was not the Hardey family’s only interest. They held a deep commitment to their faith. Joseph was the colony’s first Wesleyan lay preacher
and Peninsula Farm became one of seven meeting places for the Wesleyan community. Ann worked alongside her husband in his endeavours and “shared a
life of devotion to others”.

On completion of his education in England, Richard (the only son) returned in the late 1860s to manage Peninsula Farm. He became more interested in politics and viticulture than agriculture and later leased the property for grazing. In 1903 it was subdivided into smaller lots and following further subdivision in 1913 was sold to Henry Baker as a family home and farm. After Baker’s death in 1948 his family sold the property to Harold Cheshire who used it to train racehorses.

By the time the property was sold again in 1967 it was in a dilapidated state and purchased for high density housing by Bond Corporation and Eveready Finance Co Pty Ltd. Conditions imposed on the development ensured protection and restoration of the house but unfortunately the barn, workers cottage and other outbuildings were demolished.

Peninsula Farm opened to the public in 1977 under the name ‘Tranby House’ and was vested in the National Trust the following year. The former caretaker’s
house, constructed in 1984, is now used as a cafe.

The National Trust of Western Australia is working on a range of projects to help conserve and interpret this significant heritage place.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are there heritage guidelines?

  • A portion of the site, associated with the Swan River, as included on the Register of Aboriginal Sites and protected under the Aboriginal Heritage Act of WA.
  • Peninsula Farm is included on the State Register of Heritage Places and protected under the Heritage Act of Western Australia. Subject to guidelines, the National Trust have delegated authority under this act to approve works to properties under its care.
  • ‘Peninsula Farm (Tranby) Maylands Conservation Plan’ 2005 by Heritage & Conservation Professionals is the guiding document for assessing the heritage impact of any works proposals. National Trust conservation staff will work with the successful proponent to ensure any new work complements the place.
  • ‘Peninsula Farm Development Guidelines’ May 2019 by the National Trust provides a broad indication of acceptable development options for the café and site.

What will the National Trust commit?

The Trust operates with limited capital and maintenance funding. Work is currently underway on the historic house to address conservation issues and a fundraising appeal has been raised to assist with future works. No capital allocation has been made toward redevelopment of the café.

Can I use my own architect?

Services of an appropriately experienced architect are required for any capital development. The National Trust has an in house team of conservation
architects with extensive experience and a proven track record of successful adaptive reuse projects. The team is available on a fee for service basis at
competitive rates.

Can I use my own builder?

Any proposed builder is required to be registered and have a proven history of experience working with heritage places, demonstrating sensitivity for heritage values and fabric.

Are there drawings available?

Measured drawings can be requested from the National Trust in AutoCAD format. We recommend all dimensions are confirmed on site.

Please contact the Trust’s Leasing Officer Micaela Pereira on (08) 9321 6088 or with any further questions.

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