The Dairy and Rangers Cottages
The Dairy Precinct, the location of the Dairy and Rangers Cottages, is one of Australia’s oldest colonial sites. The Precinct is bound by timber fencing and is situated to the north of Old Government House, overlooking the Parramatta River. Major upgrades of the Dairy Precinct were completed in 2016 including the creation of a central exhibition space, new digital media systems and landscape works.
The Dairy Cottage was constructed between 1796 and 1805 as a two-roomed cottage by ex-convict George Salter. It is one of the earliest intact cottages surviving in Australia today. To further explore the rich history of The Dairy Precinct and other significant heritage sites in Parramatta Park, see Tours to download a Self-Guided Walking Tour guide, or take a guided tour of the Dairy Precinct, held monthly.
Parramatta Park Trust runs guided tours of The Dairy and Rangers Cottages on the second Saturday of each month at 11am and 12pm. The tours offer a rare glimpse into the nation’s oldest buildings. The recently completed conservation project brings Australia’s Indigenous and earliest European history to life through a newly-installed AV exhibition, artefact exhibits, interactive displays and restored 19th century cottage gardens. Tours cost $12 and must be purchased through Eventbrite.
Surrounding the Dairy and Rangers Cottages is the beautiful Dairy Cottage Garden featuring manicured lawns, sandstone paths, a majestic fig and elegant jacaranda trees. The garden and its many historical features make a timeless backdrop for a wedding ceremony.