Come and marvel at the magnificent Barwon Park, an authentic bluestone mansion and stables set in a sweeping rural landscape.
Embarrassed by having to entertain the visiting Duke of Edinburgh at an undistinguished homestead, pioneer pastoralist Thomas Austin and his wife Elizabeth built this lavish 42 room mansion in 1871. Thomas Austin died just six months after it was completed, but Elizabeth lived at Barwon Park for many years and became a noted philanthropist. The house then passed into the hands of the Batson family who later bequeathed it to the National Trust. A remarkable project of community engagement and reinvigoration, celebrate the Trust’s custodianship of Barwon Park as part of our 60th celebrations.