The Bella Vista Farm Park is a historical farm established in the late 1700s at Elizabeth MaCarthur Drive in Bella Vista, a north-western suburb in Sydney approximately 33km from Sydney CBD.
Bella Vista Park Sign near the entrance
It is also culturally significant to the Australian farming heritage as this was where the first Merino sheep was bred by John and Elizabeth MaCarthur, who acquired the farm in 1800s and were one of the most prominent dwellers in the area.
Picturesque view from the park
Surrounded by 20 hectares of parkland on a hilltop with panoramic views of the region including the picturesque Blue Mountains, it was breathtaking to drive into the driveway of the park along the avenue of Bunya Pines. I spent a good hour in a wonderful atmosphere, wandering around the park and farm land.
Driveway to the farm
This farm has a long history of usage as animal husbandry, agricultural activities such as citrus orchard, vegetable plantation and remnants of indigenous woodland.
Remnant and evidence of former uses
The remnants and evidence of the former uses are still visible in the paddocks, fencing and structural construction of the farm such as the Fitzgerald's cottage and coach house (First building on site), implement shed and barn, packing shed, stables and homestead.
Main Homestead and Bunya Pines
The Bella Vista Homestead was built around 1835 as the main homestead. It was originally a single storey building which expanded to a double-storey homestead in later years. Today, Bunya pines surrounding the building can be seen at the rear of homestead.
In 1998, the council took ownership of the Bella Vista Farm. Conservation and restoration work commenced on site which include outbuildings and homestead.
At present, the farm is available for private function booking including wedding, corporate functions and special events. Various programs such as guided tours, workshops and open days are also carried out throughout the year for school children and general public.
Picnic and BBQ facilities
The parkland located at the outer ground of the farm has picnic facilities including BBQ pits for public use. It is open to the public from dust to dawn seven days a week with free parking. However, access to the heritage precinct (farm and homestead) is only open for viewing once a month on the first Sunday from 9am - 12pm. Entrance of the farm is located on Elizabeth MacArthur drive, off Norwest Boulevard.
From a personal experience, it is highly recommended to call the office prior to visit to avoid disappointment. The farm might be closed to the public when there's a private function going on.