Wolston Farmhouse – Wacol

Take a glimpse into Brisbane's past...

Wolston Farmhouse, Brisbane’s oldest residential farmhouse is a nineteenth-century rural gem located a short drive North West of the CBD is now open every Sunday from 10am til 2pm.

Discover the heritage charms of a bygone era as you wander through the homestead at your leisure or perhaps join a conducted tour of rooms that embody the comfortable rural lifestyle of previous owners.

Enjoy Devonshire Tea on the Terrace before or after your house tour. A range of light snacks and cold drinks are also available.

Discover a lovely selection of unique gift items for sale in the Information centre.

National Trust Members receive 10% off all purchases on presentation of their valid membership card.

Plan your visit

Address:

223 Grindle Road
Wacol 4076 QLD

Open:

Sunday 10am to 2pm.
Last Devonshire Tea service at 1.30pm
Closed on Public Holidays

Phone:
07 3088 8133
Email:
[email protected]
Entry Fees:

National Trust members - Free
Adult - $10.00
Concession - $7.00
Children - $5.50 Aged 4 - 16 years
Under 4 years Free
For Groups of 10+ Discounts apply
Devonshire Tea only - $7.50 per person

What we offer:

Events

Boheme Events and Catering have recently partnered with National Trust of Australia (Queensland) to focus on providing first-class food and wine experiences at Wolston Farmhouse.

A calendar of special events, product launches, food tastings, high teas etc will be introduced throughout 2019.

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WHAT’S ON

Venue Hire

Wolston Farmhouse is a charming rural gem established in the 19th century. Step back in time to a world of character and history situated on a unique six-acre property.  Located just thirty minutes from Brisbane CBD, this ideal event venue can comfortably accommodate all styles of weddings and a plethora of events and

functions for all group sizes. Indulge your guests with a reminder of yesteryear nestled in lush green spaces under vibrant blue skies during the day or celebrate under a canopy of stars at night.

Contact us now for details of how we can create the perfect event for you.

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School Education Programs

Students will take part in a drama immersion program where they will be transported back to the 1850s as servants for the first owner of Wolston Farmhouse, Dr Stephen Simpson.

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History

Dr Stephen Simpson purchased 640 acres of land located on the banks of the Brisbane River, half way between Brisbane and Ipswich and commenced construction of Wolston Farmhouse there in 1852.

He established a horse and cattle station on the property and named it after his Warwickshire birth place.

A learned man, Dr Stephen Simpson was also a JP, Police Magistrate, a member of the first Legislative Council of Queensland and appointed Crown commission of Lands in the 1840’s.

In 1860 the property was sold to Matthew Goggs who continued to breeds and cattle and raised a large family there.

His son, also named Matthew, sold the Wolston estate to the Grindle family in 1906.

They introduced a dairy business, supplying milk to Brisbane suburbs into the 1930s before selling it to farmer Bert Hurley in1956 who sold it to the Queensland Government.

The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) acquired Wolston Farmhouse and a small parcel of land in 1963, and has worked hard to salvage and restore the property.  Popular with visitors, it features furnishings and artefacts dating back more than a century and is a much loved and valued property in the Trust portfolio.

There have been interesting reports from some visitors who have sensed or experienced paranormal activity at Wolston Farmhouse which may be attributed to the tragic deaths of two previous residents—John Ommaney in 1856 and Jem Grindle in the 1940s who both died in tragic horse riding accidents.

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