Cooerwull Open Day

Just two hours from Sydney, Cooerwull House will be open for one day only. Still owned by descendants of its builder, Scottish immigrant Andrew Brown, this suite of seven buildings dating from 1826 was once the headquarters of a grazing empire that ran to hundreds of thousands of acres.

This Colonial heritage jewel, in the west of the Blue Mountains is a most remarkable series of early brick and sandstone buildings. In 1824 Andrew Brown, settled at Bowenfels, near Lithgow, on an initial grant of 200 acres. His original simple 1826 cottage, that he built on this land, remains as the western rooms of Cooerwull House, the home of impressive proportions that Brown created. A separate kitchen building, privy, coachman’s house, barn, stables, slaughterhouse, shearing shed, equipment storage shed. A stunning building cluster that served as the headquarters of a grazing holding of several hundred thousand acres and the site of the regions first industrial development.

You will be able to roam freely through the property with knowledgeable guides to provide insight on key features. You will learn lots about Andrew Brown and Christina his wife. Plus, you will receive a booklet giving an insight into Brown and his work as a builder, grazier, industrialist and philanthropist.

“Access to this property makes for an outstanding heritage experience” – the late Assoc Professor Ian Jack.

Image: Water colour by Bowenfels artist Annie Joseph, by kind permission of the artist.

Event date

Event Details

36 Andrew Street, Bowenfels, NSW

Coming from Sydney on the Great Western Highway turn left at McDonalds at Lithgow, take first right into Andrew Street and proceed to its very end.


Entry at half hourly intervals 10am until 3pm

Entry fees:
Adults $ 25
Prebooking required
Attendance limit:
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
No pets, no photography in the house, uneven ground and steps. Not wheelchair accesible.