Barwon Grange

The only surviving example of the many fashionable river front residences built along the Barwon River during the 1850s and 1860s for the wealthy of Geelong.

Built for the merchant and banker Johnathon Porter O’Brien and his wife Ann, the house was filled with mahogany furniture, damask curtains, Bohemian glass, Dresden china, a piano, two music boxes, card-tables, paints, chess and backgammon boards.

The extensive library featured a ‘Cyclopaedia of Medicine’ and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The cellar was stocked with wine and spirits, the conservatory filled with plants, sculptures, a collection of coral and two canaries in brass cages.

The O’Briens lived in the house for only a year but, over 160 years later, the Gothic Revival house’s unique features are still to be seen including a veranda balustrade, a rare smoking room and early conservatory.

Barwon Grange - Planning your visit


25 Fernleigh Street
Newtown 3220 VIC


Open Sundays from 1pm to 4pm.


Christmas Day, New Year's Day and other public holidays.

(03) 5221 3906 or call Bookings Office on 03 9656 9889 Mon-Fri
Entry Fees:

Adult: $10,
Conc: $7,
Child: $4
Family: $20

What we offer:

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Weddings at Barwon Grange

Barwon Grange is an elegant early Victorian villa surviving alone from many fashionable mid-19th century river frontage residences built along the Barwon River. This unique residence overlooks the Barwon River in Newtown. The picturesque grounds offer a charming setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions and functions. Shaded by lush trees, the grounds of this historic property boast a number ceremony locations including the Moreton Bay Fig tree, the spacious veranda and the stunning central fountain. Lined with English Elm trees, the carriageway provides the perfect approach to the venue.


Wedding and Function Enquiries for Barwon Grange

For weddings and function enquiries, please contact Jo Beshara, Functions and Events Business Development Manager.

Email – or phone 9656 9815.


More information can also be found in the following brochures:

Download The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Wedding Brochure.

Download The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Functions and Venue Hire Brochure.

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