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 Wed - Fri 10.15, 11.30, 1.30 and 2.45.
Guided tours Sat and Sun 10, 11am, 12, 1, 2, 3 pm.


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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