HMAS Stirling Museum


As you would be aware, the Australian Government, like other governments around the world, is having to adjust a range of plans and commitments as we work to contribute to the Whole-of-Government response to COVID-19. To that end we have taken the decision to temporary close the RAN Heritage Museum Network until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience. We will advise via our websites when the Museums will reopen. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Navy Heritage at




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About the Museum

The HMAS Stirling Museum is located on Garden Island, just off Point Peron Road, Rockingham in Western Australia and is open to all Defence Organisation Personnel and escorted visitors.

On the island the Museum is located next to the canteen at the main Amenities complex and displays a large and unique collection of historical Garden Island and Naval memorabilia. On display are such items as ship models and preserved items from 1800s-1900s. A Japanese helmet with a questionable history which was found on Garden Island in 2014 is also on display as well as a missile model!

The Naval base HMAS Stirling was formally commissioned on 28 July 1978, and since this time has truly lived up to the motto “Go Forward”, by undertaking controlled expansion of an ever-developing fleet of ships and submarines.

Often described as a “jewel in Australia’s Defence crown”, HMAS Stirling, also referred to as Fleet Base West, continues to showcase the Australian Defence Force’s commitment to environmental values and serves a positive example of how the ADF and the environment can live in harmony. To date, the base continues to limit its footprint to only 30% of Garden Island, leaving the remainder undisturbed for conservation and public access purposes.

Garden Island itself has a naval history which goes back to the commencement of the settlement of the Swan River colony. Captain James Stirling, Royal Navy, on his 1827 voyage of exploration in HMS Success and his return in 1829 aboard the Parmelia assisted in establishing Australia’s first free colony. On 7 June 1829 Captain Stirling decided to establish his headquarters on Garden Island, with his settlement of an estimated 150 people at Cliff Head on the eastern side of the island. The settlement was named Sulphur Town (after one of the arriving ships) and was settled several months before the settlers ventured across to the mainland to establish settlements at Perth and Fremantle.

The HMAS Stirling Museum was established by Lieutenant Commander Vic Jeffery who received a much deserved Order of Australia medal for his dedication and efforts in establishing this significant facility.


General Information


Open Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm, closed public holidays and weekends.

For groups, civilian visitors and school tours please contact the Museum directly on 08 9553 5644 to organise a tour booking.

Admission to the museum is free, however an on-site donation is greatly appreciated.

Canteen facilities are available next to the museum for a “cuppa” and a bite to eat.


Contact us

Museum Manager Mr Andrew Bujdegan
Postal Address HMAS Stirling Museum
B34 HMAS Stirling
Point Peron Road
Garden Island, WA 6958
Manager Telephone 08 9553 5644








The HMAS Stirling Museum is located on Garden Island (in Rockingham, Western Australia), just off Point Peron Road, next to the canteen at the main Amenities complex.

Location of the HMAS Stirling Museum on Garden Island, WA.