Harper’s Mansion is reopening for the weekend with timed entry tickets, 7 and 8 November 11am – 3pm. We look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful heritage listed property located in the historic village of Berrima in the Southern Highlands. Enjoy the vibrant gardens surrounding the handsome 19th century Georgian mansion and one of the largest hedge mazes in Australia.
We are thrilled to welcome the community back to Harper’s Mansion following the COVID-19 shut down, however, please note the interior of the house is not open to the public (entry prices have been discounted accordingly) and we are asking people to purchase a ticket in advance.
History of Harper’s Mansion
Harper’s Mansion was built by James and Mary Harper soon after 1834, when they bought land in Berrima township. James Harper was the only son of William Harper and Margaret Morgan, both convicts.
A grand vision derailed by a 19th century financial downturn, Harper’s Mansion stands on two of its original 100 acres. It has been lovingly restored after decades of use and neglect. It is a monument to the National Trust’s dedication and the original builders.
What will you see when you visit
After Harper’s Mansion was opened to the public in 1985, the restoration work attracted two awards – one from the NSW Chapter of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and the Wingecarribee Shire Design Award for Conservation/Restoration in 1987.
Overlooking historic Berrima, Harper’s Mansion was built in 1834 by local publican James Harper and later owned by the Catholic Church. The house was restored by the National Trust from 1978 and is furnished in colonial style.
Harper’s Mansion is set in two acres of gardens made for strolling, full of cool climate heritage plants and featuring one of the largest hedge mazes in Australia.
How to book your tickets
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the interior of the house is not open to the public (entry prices have been discounted accordingly) and we are asking people to purchase a ticket in advance.
There is a maximum capacity of 100 people permitted on site at any time and timed entry for one family at a time applies for the maze.
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer restroom facilities at this time – there is a public bathroom available adjacent to Harper’s Mansion. Please read Terms & Conditions of Entry in advance.
This Property is managed solely by volunteers and all proceeds contribute to the maintenance of the house.
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