Strawberry Hill at Barmup

The story of the state starts here

Strawberry Hill farm sits on Menang Noongar Country at a place called Barmup, meaning ‘place of tall trees’. For tens of thousands of years Barmup was an important campsite and place of shelter for Menang people, situated along a well-worn walking track with a ready supply of fresh water. At the time of the arrival of the British colonisers in 1826 it was the country of Mullett and her brothers – Nakinah, Mokare, Tarapan and Mollian.

In 1826 when the British established a military outpost at King George Sound (later Albany) they were vastly outnumbered and sought to maintain good relations with Menang people, but on their terms. It was on this site that they established the first farm in Western Australia and likely the state’s first fences.

Within 6 months of his arrival in 1833 the new Government Resident at King George Sound, Sir Richard Spencer, purchased the Government Farm, then known as Strawberry Hill. By 1834 he had added a further 1400 acres of land to the original 6 acre holding.

Sir Richard was a retired naval officer living on half pay in England when he accepted Stirling’s offer of the role of Government Resident. As Government Resident Sir Richard conducted his administrative duties from Strawberry Hill while acquiring more farm land to provide for the future of his sons.

Sir Richard, his wife Lady Anne and their ten children lived in a pise cottage until, in 1836, the current two-storey stone house was built adjoining the older home. The well-established gardens were producing blood oranges, grapes, raspberries, gooseberries, asparagus, figs and almonds. The new house was the centre of the district’s social life.

After a period of neglect it was purchased in 1889 by Francis and Augusta Maud Bird who restored the house and farmed the land. In 1956 the property was purchased by the governments as a historic monument but fell into another cycle of neglect. Transferred to the National Trust in 1964, the place is being conserved to appropriately reflect its significance.

To the local Menang people, the house, farm and its fences represent both an intangible and physical barrier to their traditional way of life. We have been working hard over recent years to undertake consultation with Menang people to tell these stories as part of the shared history of this cultural landscape.

See, Do, Explore

Soak up the many stories a visit to Strawberry Hill at Barmup offers. Start your visit in the award-winning Visitor Hub, explore new interpretation in the 1836 house and take one of the self-guided tours of the grounds to appreciate the surrounding cultural landscape. Please take note of the closure periods scheduled throughout the year below while planning your visit.

Our helpful local volunteers are on-hand to answer questions and assist you during your visit. Refreshments from the kiosk in the Visitor Hub are available for ticket holders to purchase.

Albany and the Great Southern region is a must-see for tourists and locals alike, with so many incredible sights and experiences to soak up. Whether you’re out for a day or a week, you won’t be disappointed.

For those who want to find out more about the Menang and early colonial history of Albany be sure to visit the Museum of the Great Southern.

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Plan your Visit

Strawberry Hill at Barmup

Address:

174 Middleton Road
Albany 6330 WA

Open:

Visitor Hub and grounds are open
Monday 10.00 am - 3.30 pm
Tuesday and Thursday 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12.00 - 3.30 pm

Closed:

Wednesdays
Australia Day
Good Friday
Christmas Day
Strawberry Hill at Barmup will also be closed from Monday 18 July and will reopen on Monday 29 August 2022.
Please note, Strawberry Hill will close if the Bureau of Meteorology forecast for Albany is for 38 degrees or above. You will be able to use your tickets on another day or request a refund.

Phone:
08 9841 3735
Entry Fees:

National Trust Members - FREE
Adults - $10.00
Adult / Student Concession - $7.00
Children (5-17yrs) - $5.00
Children (under 5 yrs) - FREE
Family group of four (2 adults and 2 children 5-17 yrs or one adult and 3 children 5-17 yrs) - $25.00
Group bookings (10 or more people) - from $7.00 per person
Eftpos available on site

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