COVID-19 continues to be a public health risk for the community, particularly for those most vulnerable to infection. The National Trust (NSW) takes our duty of care for our staff, volunteers and the community very seriously. We have closed Cooma Cottage until further notice and we are assessing how we can re-open our properties and maintain safe physical distancing and infection control on site.
History of Cooma Cottage
Home of the first Australian-born explorer, Hamilton Hume. He bought the cottage on 100 acres and set about expanding it for his new life as a pastoralist. It still sits on extensive grounds perfect for picnics and lazy afternoons.
The original colonial bungalow forms part of the earliest complex of dwellings and stables on the site. The property is most noted for being the home of Australian born explorer, Hamilton Hume (1797-1873). Hume bought the cottage and the 100 acres for ₤601 in 1840 and lived there for the rest of his life.
What will you see when you visit
The original colonial bungalow, built by pioneering pastoralist Henry O’Brien with his younger brother Cornelius, forms part of Hume’s complex of dwellings and stables on the site. Hume spent 20 years enthusiastically building extensions; adding his own version of Palladian-style wings and a Greek Revival portico. Cooma Cottage now stands as a fine example of the way our pioneers constructed their dwellings and how they lived.
Cooma Cottage features vast, open grounds for picnic areas and gardens. The property is ideal for weddings, venue hire, coach tours, photographic shoots and family picnics.
Due to COVID-19, Experiment Farm Cottage remains closed until further notice. Please continue to visit our website for up to date information on the re-opening of property.
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