Olivewood Historic Homestead and Museum

A 1880s wooden-floored log cabin house originally designed for the Chaffey brothers.

Historic Olivewood Estate Homestead, the original home of Canadian Charles Chaffey, who with his brothers George and William established the Renmark and Mildura Irrigation Colonies.

This State Heritage listed home was built from Murray pine logs using the drop slot system in 1889, it is set in spacious grounds, with a spectacular palm lined drive. The homestead now displays items of the period, plus more.

In the Charles Chaffey Centre, there are displays of working printing machines, photographic equipment, a 1926 Garford fire engine and much more.

Throughout the complex, there are photographs, river charts and the Chaffey Red Book – used to attract investors to the new settlements.

A replica of the olive crusher can be seen beside the original olive oil processing building, now housing varied historical items. The packing shed c1890 contains a collection of equipment which was used in the past fruit industry.

Tractors and other implements, some restored are throughout the complex. There is an orange orchard, and an operating olive grove with approximately 90 trees that were planted in 1890.

Sales of olive oil, other souvenirs and books are available. Tours, Lunch, Morning and Afternoon Teas by arrangement. Tea or Coffee is available.



** update as of 6 December 2022 **

The Committee at Olivewood Estate regretfully advise that we will be closing to the public from this Saturday 10th December until the end of February 2023 at this stage.
This decision has not been made lightly and we are currently sandbagging around the Historic Homestead and preparing to lift museum items as per S.E.S. advise.
If there are any able bodied people able to assist with sandbagging please contact Olivewood on 85866175 or 0429040046.

Plan your Visit

Olivewood Historic Homestead and Museum


Corner, Renmark Avenue (Sturt Highway) and Twenty-first Streets


Thursday to Monday 10am to 4pm, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.

(08) 8586 6175
Entry Fees:

Adults $7.00, Concession $5.00, Student $3.00.Family (2Adults & 2 children)$15.00 Coach groups $5.00 per person (subject to change)

Events featured last year in Renmark

"The Women of the River" exhibition

“The Women of the River” exhibition was researched by the Mannum Dock Museum committee . The Renmark venue featured 11 profiles of Riverland women researched by Renmark member Heather Everingham who was pleased to be able to acknowledge National Trust SA  members June Plush and Dawn Shaw for their long involvement with environmental conservation.