Better Home and Gardens: Sydney National Trust properties

Pack your suitcase, fill your rucksack and shove a jumbuck in your tuckerbag because you’re coming on a journey through Sydney's heritage. 

We all love to travel especially when it means finding beautiful heritage homes surrounded by gorgeous gardens and lawns. Whether its embroiling yourself in the deep Australian stories of yesteryear or simply fantasizing that you're back in the days of colonial rough living and refinery, Sydney has a wealth of heritage experiences waiting to transport you back. 

Start at Darling Point with Lindesay and its incredible harbour views. Then make your way inland to the Observatory Hill near the Harbour Bridge. Here you'll find the S.H Ervin Gallery exhibiting an engaging program of historical and contemporary Australian art and culture.  From there, travel north to Hunters Hill and Vienna Cottage, then further west to Gordon and Eryldene. This house comprises of garden, oriental teahouse, garden study, temple, pigeon house, walled fountain, toolshed with artworks and artifacts from China, Japan, Europe and Australia. Eryldene is managed by a private trust although National Trust members recieve free entry on open weekends. 

Alternatively travel west for a real taste of the early colonial European days. Harris Park is the site of Experiment Farm Cottage. In 2000, the National Trust landscaped and planted the immediate grounds, using evidence from early paintings, plant catalogues and photographs to recreate, as far as possible, an authentic setting for the cottage. 

Finally head up the Parramatta river where you'll get a real taste of the old power and tastes that defined the Colony at Old Government House. Standing in 200 acres of parkland overlooking historic Parramatta, Old Government House is Australia’s oldest surviving public building. For seven decades, it was the ‘country’ residence of 10 early governors of the colony, including Governor and Mrs Macquarie who, from 1810 to 1821 preferred the clean air and space of rural Parramatta to the unsanitary and crime ridden streets of Sydney Town.

The National Trust is celebrating Australian journeys with the 2014 National Trust Heritage Festival. Visit the National Trust Festival heritage website to see the range of events in April and May 2014. 

Make sure to double check opening times as these properties are often open only one day a week.


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