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


Tharwa Drive

Opening hours

Wednesday – Sunday 10am-4pm

Guided tours of the gardens and outbuildings available

Main Homestead closed due to COVID restrictions


$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...

Carols at Lanyon Homestead

Due to the current ACT Public Health Directions, the Carols at Lanyon Homestead event will not be held this year.

Like many cultural institutions, 2020 has been an interesting and challenging year for us at ACT Historic Places. COVID-19 has brought unanticipated changes to our programs and activities. Our team truly enjoyed bringing you the Spring into the South programs during Floriade Reimagined, and we look forward to sharing more COVID-safe events in the new year.

We wish everyone a very safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

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Contact us
02 6237 6500

While you are visiting Lanyon

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the gardens and outbuildings - BOOK HERE for TOURS 
  • 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 a coffee or meal at The Barracks.
  • Have a 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
  • Due to COVID restrictions, the main homestead is currently closed to visitors.

For Families

For everyone

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