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


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Garden Entry | Free 


Adult | $10
Concession | $8
Family | $30*
Children under 5 | Free

* Family includes group of 4 (with any combination of adult and concession)

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 Wright’s 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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While you are visiting Lanyon

Enjoy a guided tour of the Homestead.

To help conserve the house interiors and collections, museum entry is by guided tour only. Plan your visit and book ahead.

  • Explore the outbuildings that made this pastoral property a showpiece in the region including the 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

For Families

  • Canberra Nature Play Passport

For everyone

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