Experience the restored 1850’s homestead, discover the Convict-era outbuildings, and explore the stunning gardens that make Lanyon Homestead the gem of Canberra’s history. 

Location

Tharwa Drive
Tharwa

Opening hours

Open Tuesday to Sunday

10am—4pm

Guided or self-guided tours of the Homestead are available

Admission

$7 Adult
$5 Concession
$15 Family

Step into the story at Lanyon Homestead back to the time well before Canberra was established, and discover the fascinating stories of the families that lived and worked here.

James Wright was recovering from an illness in England when his doctor advised that he emigrate to New South Wales for his health.

In 1835, he purchased a block of land along the banks of Murrumbidgee alongside his friend John Lanyon and brother, William and they were allocated convicts to farm the land.

Tragedy soon struck, when Lanyon had to return to England, and his brother was killed in a shooting accident. Combined with drought and economic depression, Wright was left with the daunting task of working the property all on his own. Uncover more of this fascinating story...

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02 6237 6500

While you are visiting Lanyon

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the homestead 
  • Explore the outbuildings that made this pastoral property a showpiece in the region - Machinery Shed – Fowler engine, Convict Barn 
  • Take in the view while enjoying the Barracks  Espresso Bar and Eating House or picnic in the garden with a view to the hills beyond the Murrumbidgee River
  • Take a leisurely stroll through the rambling gardens surrounding the homestead and enjoy the outbuildings that complete the story of how it functioned

For Families

For everyone

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