Bella Vista Farm opens its doors on the 1st Sunday of each month from 9am to 2pm to the general public for FREE.
- Relax in the peaceful grounds of the Farm or bring a family picnic lunch to enjoy.
- Explore the homestead and farm buildings.
- Volunteers from the friends of Bella Vista farm are available to chat and answer any question about the Farm and its history.
- Browse the Free Spirit Markets and enjoy coffee and a barbecue.
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The Australiana Pioneer Village is a true monument to the pioneering days that bred within us, the spirit of courage and faith in ourselves and our country. The land on which Australiana Pioneer Village is situated was farmland recognised as essential to the survival of colonial New South Wales being one of the earliest grants made in Australia. Due to Bill McLachlan’s vision and The Friends of the Australiana Pioneer Village, the Village has been preserved for our future generations, an almost forgotten era. In 2004 the Village buildings were gazetted for listing on the NSW Heritage register which was granted. The buildings will forever now be protected.
There are a range of activities to do while visiting the village, including the miniature trains ($3 per ride for 3yrs+), watching the blacksmith working, going on a horse and carriage ride ($4 per person) and seeing a shearing demonstration. There are also plenty of places to picnic and lots for the kids to explore.
The Village is open every Sunday, public holiday mondays (except Anzac Day) and
Tuesday and Wednesday during school holidays from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Bankstown Steam Locomotive Society operate a miniature 5″ gauge live steam railway, which is located at Ruse Park, Hoskins Avenue, Bankstown. Their Public Running Day is the 2nd Saturday of each month (except January). Members start their locos at approximately 10:30am and steam until about 2:30pm.
There is a variety of locomotives, including live steam, battery-powered and petrol engine locomotives, and yes we do give rides
Enclosed shoes please – no open toes. Steam trains, electric trains & diesel train rides for little kids and big kids. A fun day out!
Going on a Dairy Precinct Tour is your chance to explore one of Australia’s oldest buildings, rarely seen until now. Parramatta Park Trust runs the guided tours on the second Saturday of each month at 11am and 12pm, and by appointment.
Built in 1796, the Dairy Cottage was home to George Salter, an ex-convict turned cattleman. It later became part of Governor Macquarie’s Domain, now on the World Heritage list. In the early 1800s, the cottage was enlarged and converted to a dairy with a sunken milk-processing room constructed alongside. The milk room still remains today and can be viewed beneath the adjacent Ranger’s Cottage.
You will be able to see Parramatta Park story unfold in a brand-new audio-visual exhibition inside these two important historic buildings.
It’s a fascinating glimpse into our colonial past and Parramatta’s significant Aboriginal history.
Highlights of the tour include:
- Interpretive displays recreating the life of dairy workers in the 1800s
- Audio-visual history of World Heritage-listed Parramatta Park and the Dairy precinct
- Artefact displays
- Newly restored 19th century cottage gardens and sounds scapes.
Keep in Mind
- Due to the historic nature of The Dairy Precinct, there is uneven surfaces inside the Dairy and Rangers Cottages and surrounding gardens, paths and entries that may cause trips, slips or falls.
- A number of areas in the Dairy Precinct have limited accessibility. If you have special access requirements, please contact the Trust on 02 98957500 prior to booking.