Wayzgoose at Woodbridge – 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 in the grounds of a unique heritage attraction, this 200 m2 building includes the option to lease and adapt an adjacent contemporary cottage. Additional uses include functions, giftware and gallery.

Woodbridge sits on the banks of the Swan River and is easily accessible by car, train and boat. A private jetty sits just below the café. Visitors enjoy magnificent river and vineyard views. Nearby attractions include historic Guildford and the Swan Valley. This significant heritage site 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 ‘wayzgoose’ has been registered by the National Trust for the new offering, inspired by events held at the property in the late 19th century


Lease offering (exclusive use):

  • 1885 Coach House – 77 m2
    Currently seats 70 pax; conservation guidelines restrict adaptation options.

Covered outdoor areas – 118 m2

  • 1984 cottage – 69 m2 (excluding verandah)
    Currently leased residence. Highly adaptable.
  • 1984 garage – 24 m2
    Grounds – Shade, river views and low key structures permissible. 1 car bay.

Licence offering (non-exclusive use):

1885 Historic House

  • Billiards Room – 46 m2
    An attractive room suitable for 45 pax events including workshops, conferences and functions.
  • Cellar – 30 m2
    Currently used as storage with potential for private dinners and small scale functions.
  • Verandahs – 183 m2
    Ground floor verandahs with adjacent grounds and billiards room 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 trust@ntwa.com.au OR PO Box 1162, West Perth 6872

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Open for Inspection

Riverside at Woodbridge will be open for inspection by interested parties.


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

Please register your visit by emailing micaela.pereira@trust.wa.com.au



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 Woodbridge.

Our vision is to improve the visitor experience and increase the use of our places by offering diverse experiences including community and private events and 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 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 Woodbridge.


  • 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 Riverside at Woodbridge
  • 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
Email: micaela.pereira@ntwa.com.au
Phone: (08) 9321 6088

Site Plan


Riverside location in the grounds of a unique heritage attraction. This 200 m2 building includes the option to lease and adapt an adjacent contemporary cottage. Additional uses include functions, giftware and gallery.

Riverside at Woodbridge


Ford Street.
Woodbridge 6056 WA


This area is known as Mandoon, Munda’s Country 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.

Captain James Stirling explored this area in 1827 and on returning two years later as Governor of the Swan River Colony took up 4,000 acres of land. He named it ‘Woodbridge’ and the adjoining town site ‘Guildford’, as it reminded him of his wife’s family home in Surrey, England. Stirling had a small cottage built but spent little time there. At the end of his term as Governor in 1839, Stirling left the colony and leased the property.

Charles Harper married Fanny de Burgh in 1879 and in 1880 took up a lease at Woodbridge. They began growing wheat but switched to sheep, dairy cattle and pigs after the crop suffered from rust. After Woodbridge Estate was subdivided in 1883, Harper bought 274 acres and commissioned architect
Francis Bird to design a family home.

Charles, Fanny, their three sons and one daughter moved into the completed house in 1885. Over the following decade three more boys and three girls were
born. The family was supported by live in staff and others who came in for specific tasks.

Woodbridge supported extensive orchards of apples, pears, peaches and table grapes. A commercial nursery stocked fruit trees, vines and roses. Charles developed various wheat varieties, pioneered the use of artesian water for agricultural purposes, developed an inexpensive fencing system and improved pastures using clover and superphosphate. He served as a parliamentarian, was part owner of The West Australian newspaper and started The Western Mail.

In 1895 Charles established a school at Woodbridge for his and neighbours’ children with older ones in the billiard room and younger ones on the verandah. A small single storied school building was erected in 1900. Ten years later the Church of England purchased the premises and 54 acres and took over operation of the school which became part of present day Guildford Grammar School.

Charles died in 1912 and Fanny stayed with two unmarried daughters until 1921. The farm and orchards were managed by eldest son Charles Walter Harper. Two other sons were killed at Gallipoli in 1915.

Cecil C. Priestley leased the house and 8 acres from 1921 and for 20 years operated Woodbridge House School. The residents of the Old Women’s Home in Fremantle were hurriedly transferred to Woodbridge in 1942 for the duration of the war. Various alterations were made to the house and it was soon overcrowded. The Health Department finally vacated Woodbridge in 1964 and it was used as an annexe to Governor Stirling Senior High School. Demolition was anticipated but community support for its retention won over.

Woodbridge was vested in the National Trust in 1968 and it opened to the public in 1970. The former coach house was converted to a gift shop and tea
rooms in 1986 and continues today as a café.

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.
  • Woodbridge 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.
  • ‘Woodbridge Conservation Plan’ March 2010 by Philip Griffiths Architects 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.
  • ‘Woodbridge 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. An allocation has been made to address Aboriginal heritage approvals for any new building work. Limited funds are also available for conservation of the coach house.

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 micaela.pereira@ntwa.com.au with any further questions.

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