Gulf Station

Established in the 1850s, Gulf Station was farmed for nearly 100 years by the Bell family.

Gulf Station is one of the oldest and most intact examples of a pioneer farm complex in Australia. Wander around the property’s homestead and outbuildings and be transported into the domestic life of a rural colonial family where a mother’s word was law. Guided tours take place at 11.30am on open days (other times may be available) or enjoy a self-guided tour.

Scottish settlers Agnes and William Bell were the first to lease the land where the property was established. From the 1850s to the 1950s, Gulf Station supplied produce to gold miners of the district. The National Trust acquired stewardship of the property in 1976 and restored its buildings and cottage garden.


Place Details

Opening Times

First Thursday of the month

Last Sunday of the month

House & Property tours run at 11.30am on Open Days.


Adult: $12
Concession: $10
Children: $5 (5-15)
Family: $30 (2 adults + 2 children)

*Prices may vary on special event days.


1029 Melba Highway
Yarra Glen 3775 VIC

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Plan your Visit

Gulf Station


1029 Melba Highway
Yarra Glen 3775 VIC

Entry Fees:

Adult $12, Concession $10, Children (5-15) $5, Family $30 (2 adults + 2 children)

What we offer:

Group bookings for 10+ available by appointment. Groups must contact us at least four weeks prior to your planned visit date. Please email or call (03) 9656 9889.

Please note, Dogs are not permitted at the property at the request of the resident farm animals.

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Discover pioneer life

Gulf Station tells an exciting story about the daily life on a pioneer farm. Learn what life was like for a family living - and making a living - on the land in nineteenth century Australia.

Life without luxury

How did they clear and maintain the property without modern machinery? Keep food? Transport produce to market? Wash their clothes?

Before tractors, cars and electricity

Meet some of the farm animals which were vital to pioneer farmers, for both food and transport, like the friendly resident Clydesdale horses.


Read the latest newsletter from the Friends and Relations of Gulf Station (FROGS).

Friends of Gulf Station Newsletter

FROGS Newsletter August 2021

FROGS Newsletter June 2021

FROGS Newsletter February 2020

FROGS Newsletter December 2019

FROGS Newsletter August 2019

FROGS Newsletter April 2019


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