Parramatta Park

Experiment and Survival: A Tour of Government Farm

Saturday May 13

Parramatta Park

Take a unique tour of UNESCO’s World Heritage listed Old Government House and Domain in beautiful Parramatta Park.

As part of the Australian Heritage Festival 2017, explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Government House and Domain in beautiful Parramatta Park.

Be immersed in the world of the early Governors and the tough decisions they had to make to ensure the colony could survive. After learning about the early attempts at growing crops, developing a productive farm and the important role the convicts played, you’ll enjoy a rustic “settler’s lunch” at Lachlan’s Restaurant. 

Finally, get an exciting glimpse into our colonial past with a guided-tour of the Dairy and Rangers Cottages.

Hear the fascinating story of George Salter, the ex-convict turned cattleman who built the Dairy Cottage in 1796 – now one of the nation’s oldest buildings. Explore its sunken milk processing room that once supplied Governor Macquarie with fresh milk, cheese and cream.

You’ll also watch audio-visual displays that recreate life in the early days of European settlement and explain the history of the area’s traditional owners and early inhabitants.

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