HMAS Stirling Museum

IMPORTANT: The HMAS Stirling Museum has reopened for visitors, by appointment only. Entry to the Museum is free, however any donations are welcomed.

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About the Museum

Focus and intent

The museum is a central point for displaying items of significance relating to the Naval history of HMAS Stirling which was commissioned as a Naval Base in 1978. Additionally, the museum displays details of significant Historical Naval events related to the West Coast of Australia.

The museum also carries items of interest pertaining to the history of the island which it resides on – Garden Island.

Visiting the Museum

The Navy cares about the safety and health of our visitors, staff and volunteers, particularly as we navigate the turbulent waters of COVID-19.

Although HMAS Stirling is currently closed to non-official visitors, once reopened, visits to the museum can be arranged, by appointment, via the contact details on this website.

Our story

A need to record and display the history of HMAS Stirling and Garden Island was identified by Public Affairs Officer Lieutenant Commander Vic Jeffery. Lieutenant Commander Jeffery received a much deserved Order of Australia medal for his dedication and efforts in establishing this significant facility. Although small compared to other museums, the Stirling museum contains diverse exhibits covering a range of Navy related topics.

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.

Numerous artefacts in the museum draw attention however an exhibit of the nocturnal Tammar Wallaby, a Wallaby unique to Garden Island, is very popular with museum patrons.

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.

Plan your visit

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, by appointment only.

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.

Location

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.

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
Email navy.heritage@defence.gov.au