Historical Dairy and Ranger Cottages
Experience a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Dairy Cottage Precinct in Parramatta Park by a knowledgeable guided tour.
Grab this chance to explore one of Australia’s oldest buildings, part of a World Heritage listed site.
Take an exclusive tour at the Dairy Precinct in Parramatta Park and delve into the site’s fascinating stories and uncover its historical, social and architectural importance to Australia. Examine original construction details, including lathe and plaster walls, colonial brickwork and a shingle roof.
The Dairy Cottage is located on the site on the first Government Farm. Built in 1796, it was home to George Salter, an ex-convict turned cattleman. It later became part of Governor Macquarie’s Domain, now included on the World Heritage list.
In the early 1800s, the cottage was enlarged and converted to a dairy, and a sunken milk-processing room was constructed. The milk room can be viewed beneath the adjacent Ranger’s Cottage.
A number of areas in the Dairy Precinct have limited accessibility. There are also uneven surfaces inside the cottages and surrounding gardens, with paths and entries that may cause trips, slips or falls so only for the sure-footed.