School holidays at Experiment Farm Cottage

Bring the kids to Experiment Farm Cottage over the school holidays for some educational fun in one of Australia's oldest standing buildings.

Visit Experiment Farm Cottage, former home of Surgeon John Harris, and find out about the medicinal plants that helped early colonists when they were ill. Using picture cards, children will learn to identify the correct plants for treating all sorts of ailments and learn how they were used in early nineteenth-century medicine. We recommend allowing 30 minutes for this activity.

Early colonial games, such as quoits and ball and cone, will also be available to play with, as well as costumes to try on. Children love exploring the life of Ruse’s family, learning about self-sufficiency, Harris’ role as a colonial surgeon and the workings of an early colonial household. The cottage garden is a hands-on sensory garden.


  • National Trust members: free
  • General public: $10, concession $18, family $25
  • To book/ enquiries: phone (02) 9635 8149 or email

9 Ruse Street
Harris Park 2150 NSW


Open: Wed - Sun 10.30am – 3.30pm
Last tour 3:00pm
Mon and Tues – available for Group bookings only


Mondays, Tuesdays
17 - 26 December inclusive, New Year's Eve, New Years Day
Easter Long Weekend
Anzac Day 25 April

(02) 9635 5655
[email protected]
Entry Fees:

National Trust Members FREE
Adult - $10
Family - $25
Concession/child - $8
Child under 5 years - FREE

COMBINED TICKETS - Entry to Experiment Farm Cottage AND Old Government House
(valid for one month)
Adult - $21
Family - $51
Concession/child - $15

What we offer: