McCrae Homestead

McCrae Homestead is one of Victoria's oldest homesteads and is a physical reminder of the early pioneering life.

The homestead built in 1844 by lawyer Andrew McCrae and his artist wife Georgiana is a rare example of drop slab construction.  Georgiana’s great-great-great grandson sold it to the National Trust in 1970.

The Homestead is one of Victoria’s oldest, original existing houses, and was built on a large lease in the Port Phillip colony, Arthur’s Seat Run, comprising 33 square miles or 20,500 acres (8,296ha). The building was designed by Georgiana McCrae who was the illegitimate daughter of the 5th Duke of Gordon, a talented artist and dedicated diarist. The McCrae family were one of the first six pioneer families to establish properties on the Mornington Peninsula.

The Burrell family lived at the homestead for eighty years and were a dedicated farming family who made a significant contribution to the Mornington Peninsula.

The Visitor’s Centre, located on the property, features galleries which showcase the McCrae’s art and memorabilia and the photography, artefacts and objects from the Burrell-Twycross family who lived at McCrae Homestead from 1851 to 1926.

Find out about our new McCrae Cross-Cultural Education Experience which is now open for school excursions.


School Holidays

Friday 10 and 17 January 2020

These school holidays kids can learn about life on the land for the McCrae family and the Bunurong people who called the land home for thousands of years.

Find out more and book here.

McCrae Homestead - Planning your visit


11 Beverley Road
McCrae 3938 VIC


Open every Sunday 11am- 4pm
Last entry is at 3.30pm
Closed July and August.
Group tours available by appointment, please call (03) 9656 9889.


Closed July and August. Open for School Bookings - phone 03 9656 9889 Mon-Fri

For school groups Bookings Office on 03 9656 9889 Mon-Fri
[email protected]
Entry Fees:

National Trust members: Free
Adults: $10
Concession: $7
Child: $4
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): $26

Weddings and Functions at McCrae Homestead

For weddings and function enquiries, please contact our National Trust team.

Email –  [email protected] or phone 9656 9889.


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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