For those wanting to base themselves just a stone’s throw away from the Swan Valley, Midland is a great option. Links to the CBD and other inner city suburbs are quick and easy, and access to Perth’s more rural attractions is unrivalled, including the neighbouring town of Guilford and the Perth Hills, as well as the regionally acclaimed Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail.
For visitors that take the time to explore Midland, a fascinating blend of industrial heritage, colonial charm and 21st century modernism awaits. The 1906 Town Hall anchors the suburb, which hosts a bustling farmer’s market on weekends. The Midland Gate Shopping Centre brings something a little more urbane to the table, with the multiplex featuring retail stores, supermarkets and an eight cinema theatre.
Midland is serviced by its own railway station, which whisks passengers to the CBD in just 30-minutes. Public buses also run throughout the area, while driving to the city centre is a quick 16-kilometre jaunt down Roe Highway.
Riding the train to Midland isn’t just convenient, it’s also a cultural experience. The town owes its existence to the construction of the Swan Valley railway link in 1886, which saw Midland-based railway workshops employ tens of thousands of people. Today, the interpretive Midland Railway Workshops centre is a great way to discover Midland’s railway roots.