Historic Garden Walking Tour of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s beloved Cruden Farm
Learn about the history and provenance of one of Australia’s most remarkable gardens. Created over more than 80 years by renowned philanthropist Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, Cruden Farm is an oasis of flowers, trees, formal gardens and lakes. A true labour of love left as a place of public recreation.
Nestled inside the surrounding suburban sprawl, Cruden Farm is a working urban farm with a magnificent array of formal and informal gardens for your pleasure. On Wednesdays at midday from 19 April until 17 May, you can book a Historic Garden Walking Tour to learn more about the history of the garden and hear tales about Dame Elisabeth and her family’s life at Cruden Farm. The tour takes an hour and meanders through lawns and gravel paths in dappled shade. Following the tour, you are welcome to BYO picnic in the gardens or around our ornamental lake. Visit the Walled Gardens, designed by famous horticultural landscaper Edna Walling and reinterpreted by Dame Elisabeth, and meander along the iconic lemon-scented gum driveway planted 90 years ago. The grand house, extended in the 1930s and stone stables built during the depression provides a picture-perfect backdrop to your perfect day’s horticultural, heritage getaway.