Barwon Park

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Barwon Park

The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition
Love, Revenge and Haute Couture

At Barwon Park Mansion, be transported to the dusty town of Dungatar in the 1950s, and experience the journey of transformation through the artful and luxurious costumes worn by Kate Winslet and the cast of The Dressmaker.

The exhibition will reveal how the costumes, inspired by Parisian couture, were made and developed for the film. Visitors will be able to see the level of detail and artisanship which went into making the costumes.

The location of the exhibition and the beauty of the costumes create a wonderful incongruous and unexpected quality which captures the spirit of the film. It celebrates fashion and the Australian landscape.

The exhibition is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 December 2015 to 11 March 2016 at Barwon Park Mansion.

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About the Mansion

A popular venue for concerts, weddings, and military re-enactments.

Imagine cleaning it: all 42 rooms! House and adjacent stables in original condition, faithfully restored. Features delicate ironwork over the entrance and verandah, a grand staircase, stained glass windows, and interior arches on the upper floors.

Owned by the Austins, who built it, and then Batsons, who bequeathed it to the National Trust.

Thomas Austin is renowned for introducing the rabbit to Australia; his wife Elizabeth, for founding the Austin Hospital.

What We Offer

  • Children's activities
  • Guided tours
  • Nature walks
  • Live music
  • Education services
  • Historical re-enactments
  • Filming/photography locations
  • Theatrical performances
  • Refreshments available throughout the day including morning and afternoon tea and light lunch.

Imposing bluestone mansion built in the 1860s for Thomas Austin, its first owner. The property comprised 12,000 hectares, and was noted for its sheep and horses.

Opening hours

Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm. Group tours available by appointment.


105 Inverleigh Road
Winchelsea 3241 VIC


03 5267 2209

Entry fees

General Admission: Adult $10, Concession $7, Child $4, Family (2 adults + 2 children) $20. National Trust Members: Free