The Windsor Theatre was built in 1937 by W.H Ralph and Sons and was officially opened on 10 September 1937 by the Chairman of the Nedlands Road Board, Mr. Bennett, and the theatre had a seating capacity of 800, the largest in the district at the time.
The cinema shared a bio-box with the picture gardens and this was a world first design for architect, William T. Leighton, who developed the concept of a projecting wing to the main bio-box.
Sometime during the 1970s, a fire struck the cinema. The cinema was restored, but closed on September 24, 1983. The venue was purchased by Roger and Chrissie Hunt & Cyril Watson. They built a second indoor cinema where the gardens used to be, and re-opened the cinema in November 1988.
One of the largest inner-city parks in the world, Kings Park and Botanic Garden covers 400 hectares of Perth's heart with serene natural bushland and sculpted gardens. It's perched high on the crest of Mount Eliza, making it a top spot to take in sweeping panoramas of Perth's city skyline and Swan River.
Pack a picnic or barbecue and take the 15 minute walk to Kings Park from Perth's centre, or hop on a free CAT bus. Pick up maps and brochures from the Visitor Information Centre, take a free guided walk or enjoy a self guided tour.
At the center of Perth is the iconic Swan River. The Swan River runs from Fremantle right though to the Swan Valley and the Perth business district stands proudly on its banks, with Perth's brilliant blue skies and many vantage points offering perfect photo opportunities.
Take in one of the most photogenic cityscapes from the Swan River and its foreshore, joining Perth locals for a walk, cycle, jog, picnic, spot of sailing and fishing or a gentle river cruise.
Follow the river to Fremantle, and gaze in awe at some of Perth's most opulent riverside residences. Or cruise to the upper reaches to sample the fruits and heritage of Western Australia's oldest wine region - the Swan Valley.
Cottesloe beach is one of Perth's most iconic beaches and is famous for its swimming, surfing, Indian Ocean sunsets and annual sculpture park exhibition is only a short 15 minute journey from Exley House.
Originally built in 1910 as an ice-cream parlour, The Indiana Tearooms has become an international attraction as it offers one of the most spectacular views in Western Australia. With its modern Australian Cuisine and function centre the Indiana Tearooms are perfect for everything from a high-tea to a 5 star dining experience.
A short 5 minute trip from Exley house will bring to the gates of The University of Western Australia. Meander around the interesting Mediterranean-style historic buildings and beautifully landscaped gardens at The University of Western Australia (UWA). The 65 hectare Crawley campus is adjacent to the Swan River and is renowned as one of Australia’s most beautiful campuses.
Many of the buildings are constructed from limestone, including the enormous and iconic Winthrop Hall with its Romanesque architecture. The New Fortune Theatre is a replica of the original Elizabethan Fortune Theatre and is used to host many special events and performances.
Also worth visiting are the Somerville Auditorium, Octagon Theatre, New Dolphin Theatre, Sunken Garden and the Tropical Grove, the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Edward de Courcy Clarke Earth Science Museum and the Berndt Museum of Anthropolgoy.