Open House Melbourne: Woodlands Homestead

Community Event

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Date and Time: 10:00 AM, 27 July 2019
10:00 AM, 28 July 2019
Location: Woodlands Homestead, Living Legends
Address: Woodlands Drive, Greenvale 3059
Cost: Free

As part of Open House Melbourne, you can get an inside peek into one of Hume’s most architecturally and historically significant buildings- Woodlands Historic Homestead at Living Legends, Woodlands Historic Park. If you love local history and have a keen eye for design, this is an event you can’t miss.

Open House Melbourne has been running annually since 2008, with the aim of showcasing buildings of significance through a series of accessible, informative and entertaining talks, tours, workshops and events.

Building Description

Woodlands Homestead, located at Woodlands Historic Park, is a unique and treasured part of Victoria’s heritage. Established in 1843. Carpenters erected temporary buildings for the household staff while the homestead was being established. Rolf Boldrewood (author of Robbery Under Arms) often visited Woodlands during the 1840s. He described it as, the country house par excellence of the period. Neither a farm nor yet a large estate, it was something between the two, while the household and the menage generally were much more in accordance with the habtitudes of the English country-house than often obtains in Australia.

The homestead underwent a California bungalow facelift in the 1920s when owned by Ben Chaffey. The homestead and associated outbuildings still retain many of the original features from this time. Today, the Woodlands Homestead houses an extensive art collection, various collections of historic artifacts, including The McCracken Collection, plus horse racing memorabilia associated with our Living Legends.

What's On 

Guided and self-guided tours of the homestead, surrounding gardens and the opportunity for visitors to mingle with retired champion racehorses.

Need to know

Open: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 10am–3.45pm
Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided + Open Entry, Self-guided
Tour Details: Tours at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, running 40 minutes in groups of 20
Access: Fully accessible, pram accessible, all ages
Notes: Toilets available, refreshments available
Kids Activity: Come and see wild Kangaroos while you rub noses with these legends of the racing turf.
Building Type: Cultural
Architecture Era: Pre-separation Colonial (1836-1850)
Transport: Receive 15% off GoGet with the code OHM15, see Top Tips For A Great Weekend page for more details. No public transport available, free parking on site.

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Updated : 5:24 PM, 4 July 2019

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