Experiment Farm Cottage, Western Sydney Venue Hire

Delight your guests with a unique venue in one of Sydney's most extraordinary historical precincts.

With its romantic verandahs and historic gardens, Experiment Farm Cottage provides an intimate outdoor setting for small events and wedding photography in Western Sydney.

Host a stand‐up cocktail party or wedding lunch on the verandah, or make the most of the cottage gardens as a stunning backdrop for photographs. The gardens are based on early paintings of the house and have an authentic historic charm.

Experiment Farm Cottage stands on the site of the first land grant in Australia, made in 1789 by Governor Phillip to the former convict, James Ruse. The Indian‐style bungalow there today was built by Surgeon John Harris, who purchased the land from Ruse in 1793 for ₤40. The house is thought to have been built by c1835, and is one of Australia’s oldest standing properties.

Explore our range of venue hire options below. All fees are GST inclusive.


Event type and venue optionsFeeInclusions
Proposal, engagement and wedding photography: Any outdoor location that is accessible and available, for up to 30 minutes in any given location. All areas are non-exclusive, however the extensive gardens provide ample spaces.

Capacity: 20

Up to 2 hours between 10am and 5pm, Friday to Saturday
Private events – outdoor functions: Front Verandah
Enquire for pricing

Capacity: 30

Up to 3 hours between 10am – 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday

Includes up to 30 chairs and 6 trestle tables

External catering required. No connectivity

Optional add on: guided tour of the house


Please note that catering and kitchen facilities are not available. If you have catering needs, you are welcome to hire external caterers.

For more information on venue hire, please contact us by phone (02) 9635 5655 or email: ogh@nationaltrust.com.au

Venue details

Experiment Farm Cottage, Western Sydney Venue Hire


9 Ruse Street
Harris Park NSW 2150

(02) 9635 5655
What we offer:

How do I get there?

Experiment Farm Cottage is easily accessed from the M4 motorway just 30 minutes from Sydney CBD or Penrith. There is a small car park adjacent to the Cottage and ample on-street parking.

Make an enquiry

Related content