Discover Brisbane’s oldest residential farmhouse and enjoy Farmhouse Tea
Hidden in the bustling fringe of Brisbane’s outer suburbs is a nineteenth-century rural gem now known as Wolston Farmhouse. The oldest surviving residential farmhouse in the district, Wolston Farmhouse has been a key property in the portfolio of the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) since 1963.
The visitor experience has now been enhanced with the Visitor Centre and the Tea Terrace Cafe including a number of changes giving more depth to this experience. At Wolston Farmhouse you can wander through rooms that embody the comfortable rural lifestyle of previous owners. Afterwards you can relax on picnic tables on the lush green farmland and enjoy a selection of sandwiches and biscuits available at our kiosk, otherwise, book into our 10:30am Farmhouse Tea offering delectable sweet and savoury treats.
Established by Dr Stephen Simpson, Wolston Farmhouse was constructed in 1852 on 640 acres he purchased on the banks of the Brisbane River, half way between Brisbane and Ipswich. He established a horse and cattle station there, naming it after his Warwickshire birthplace. Stephen Simpson was a learned man—a doctor, Justice of the Peace, Police Magistrate and later member of the first Legislative Council of Queensland. Little wonder he was appointed Crown Commissioner of Lands following the closure of the Moreton Bay penal colony in the 1840s.
In 1860 Matthew Goggs purchased the Wolston Estate from Simpson, who was returning to England. Goggs continued the property tradition of breeding horses and cattle but also raised this large family there. His son, also a Matthew Goggs, sold Wolston to the Grindle family in 1906. They introduced a dairy business, supplying milk to Brisbane suburbs into the 1930s. Farmer Bert Hurley bought the Wolston Estate in 1956 before selling it to the Queensland Government.
The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) acquired Wolston Farmhouse and a small area of land surrounding it from the Queensland Government in 1963. By that time the house was in a very dilapidated condition. Today’s Wolston Farmhouse, restored and popular with visitors, features furnishings, and artefacts dating back to over a century. Some visitors testify to sensing or experiencing paranormal activity, which is not surprising given the tragic deaths of two previous residents—John Ommaney in 1856 and Jem Grindle in the 1940s. Both died as a consequence of horse riding accidents.
The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) has made many improvements to Wolston Farmhouse and will continue to do so offering the wonderful school education program, gift shop and moving forward looking to build on an annual calendar of events. Wolston Farmhouse is now open from Friday to Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, and we look forward to welcoming you to experience Wolston Farmhouse. Entry fees are listed below.