McCrae Homestead

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

Built in 1844 by lawyer Andrew McCrae and his artist wife Georgiana, the Homestead is a rare example of drop slab construction. Made using local materials such as messmate, stringybark and wattle it was sold the homestead to the National Trust in 1970 by Georgiana’s great-great-great grandson.

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 t 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.


See below for all upcoming events at McCrae Homestead



McCrae Homestead - Planning your visit


11 Beverley Road
McCrae 3938 VIC


Open every Sunday 11:00-4:00 from Sunday, 3rd September.
Closed July and August.
Group tours available by appointment, please call (03) 9656 9889.


Closed July and August.

(03) 5981 2866 or call Bookings Office on 03 9656 9889 Mon-Fri
Entry Fees:

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

Upcoming Events at McCrae Homestead

Christmas at McCrae Homestead 

Imagine McCrae Homestead surrounded by native Victorian bush land as the McCrae children collected Eucalyptus to decorate the verandah posts.

Discover what Christmas looked like in the 1850s when McCrae was the only house for miles around.

WHEN: Every Sunday in December till Christmas,11am to 4pm

TICKETS: General Admission – Adult $10, Concession $7, Child $4 and Family $26 (2 adults & 2 children)

National Trust Members: – FREE

Weddings and Function Enquiries at McCrae Homestead

For weddings and function enquiries, please contact the Functions team.

Email – or phone 9656 9845.


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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