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Dairy Precinct: Behind the scenes guided tour

Saturday December 14 to Friday January 31

The Dairy Cottage

Looking for something different to do with the kids these school holidays? Why not explore one of Australia’s oldest convict built buildings. It’s fun for the whole family to discover the Park's fascinating cultural history.  

The Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre, in conjunction with Parramatta Park Trust, runs regular guided tours of the Dairy Precinct.

You will not only explore one of Australia’s oldest buildings, you will delve into the site’s fascinating stories and uncover its historical, social and architectural importance to Australia. And examine original construction details and techniques, 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 and later became part of Governor Macquarie's Domain. In 2010, as part of the Domain to Old Government House, the Dairy Cottage became part of the eleven Australian convict sites included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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 new audio-visual exhibition. It’s a fascinating glimpse into our colonial past and Parramatta’s significant Aboriginal history.

Due to the fragile nature of the buildings, entry is limited to groups of no more than 15. If you can’t do the tour in person, the dairy can be seen on Google Arts and Culture. For more information click here.  

Note: Due to the historic nature of The Dairy Precinct and fragile nature of the buildings, entry to the cottages is limited to small groups of no more than 15 at a time. There are uneven surfaces inside the cottages and surrounding gardens, paths and entries that may cause trips, slips or falls. A number of areas in the Dairy Precinct have limited accessibility. If you have special access requirements, please contact the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre on 02 8839 3311. 

Please note there are no amenities at the Dairy Precinct; the nearest bathroom facilities are located at Coleman Oval.


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