Barwon Park

Barwon Park is a majestic 42 room bluestone mansion set in a sweeping rural landscape, built in 1871 for Thomas and Elizabeth Austin. The more.


105 Inverleigh Road, winchel, Winchelsea, VIC, 3241
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Feeling all too inadequate after entertaining the visiting Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, at their more modest single-storey homestead, prominent Western District squatter Thomas Austin and wife Elizabeth set to work on building a property far more fitting for a Duke.

The result, Barwon Park, 1871, is a majestic 42-room blue-stone Italianate mansion. Enhanced by a distinctive cast-iron verandah, an elaborate entry hallway, grand staircase and fine plaster decoration, the two-storey building on completion was the most celebrated mansion house in western Victoria.

At Barwon Park, Thomas Austin was royal host, public figure, eminent pastoralist and leader of the Acclimatisation Society.

The original interiors of the mansion remain largely intact. The elegant formal dining room with its period furniture is available for small functions and receptions and caters for up to 30 guests. The enclosed courtyard, fit for up to 120 guests, provides a stylish and enchanting venue for wedding receptions and functions.

Visitors to Barwon Park are rewarded with an authentic vision of Australia’s past.



  • National Trust
  • National Trust
  • Carpark
  • Coach Parking
  • Public Toilet


  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.

Accommodation Nearby

Places To Eat & Drink

Bells Beach Brewing


Bob Sugar


Winchelsea Hotel


Salt Brewing Co.

Aireys Inlet

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