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Historic Dairy Tours

Monday October 19

The Dairy Cottage


Experience a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Dairy Cottage Precinct in Parramatta Park by exclusive guided tours.

Delivered in partnership with Parramatta Park Trust and the City of Parramatta, the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre runs regular guided tours of the historic Dairy Precinct in Parramatta Park on Mondays and Saturdays.

Grab this chance to explore one of Australia’s oldest buildings, part of a World Heritage listed site. Take an exclusive tour at the Dairy Precinct in Parramatta Park to delve into the site’s fascinating stories and uncover its historical, social and architectural importance to Australia. Examine original construction details, including lathe and plaster walls, colonial brickwork and a shingle roof.

The Dairy Cottage is located on the site on the first Government Farm. Built in 1796, it was home to George Salter, an ex-convict turned cattleman. It later became part of Governor Macquarie's Domain, now included on the World Heritage list.

In the early 1800s, the cottage was enlarged and converted to a dairy, and a sunken milk-processing room was constructed. The milk room can be viewed beneath the adjacent Ranger's Cottage.

In addition to touring the two cottages and their gardens, you will be able to witness the story of Parramatta Park – the People’s Park - unfold in an engaging audio-visual exhibition. It’s a fascinating glimpse into our colonial past and Parramatta’s significant Aboriginal heritage, along with some more recent history.

This tour is suitable for adults and children over 7 years of age. Due to the fragile nature of the buildings and current COVID restrictions, entry is limited to small groups.


Bookings are essential. Book your tickets today! 

Please note, a number of areas in the Dairy Precinct have limited accessibility. There are also uneven surfaces inside the cottages and surrounding gardens, with paths and entries that may cause trips, slips or falls. If you have special access requirements, please contact the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre directly on 02 8839 3311.

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