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Lanyon Homestead

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by Diana Tan (subscribe)
Arbonne Independent Consultant..loving the outdoor life!
Published September 14th 2013
Get the real thing at this colonial homestead
Step back into Canberra's past and relive the bygone era in one of the well-preserved colonial homestead located on the southern edge of of the capital. Lanyon is set on the grounds of brilliant green, with its gravel path entrance leading to the historic house lined up with huge pine trees and captivating native plants.

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Entrance to the estate

Built in 1859, this homestead has been beautifully restored and furnished with historical treasures, giving you an insight on how people lived during the 19th century. Knowledgeable guides are readily available to give you a grand tour of the house and an ordered account of the yesteryear. Unfortunately, taking photographs of any of the items inside the house is not allowed.

The property also contains a range of outbuildings that served many purposes, including a servants quarter, food storage and the kitchen.

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The colonial kitchen

Wander through the gravel courtyards and you'll be taken to the estate's lovely well-kept gardens, with sweeping vistas over farmlands. Access to the gardens is free and the family can bring their own picnic and laze around the afternoon.

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One of the many orchards in the estate

A working farm still exists in the property, with sheep, cattle and horses still graze on the fertile banks of the Murrumbidgee river.

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Cattle still grazed on the property

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Along the banks of Murrumbidgee River

Before leaving, make sure to stop by their small cafe and have a taste of their delicious menu, which some of their ingredients freshly sourced from their own gardens. The cafe also serves good coffee and tea as well.

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Different berries grown from their garden

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Having their special of the day - blackberry pancakes

Lanyon Homestead is a glorious example of Canberra's heritage. It may be a bit of a drive from the city, but definitely a couple of hours well-spent learning about the olden days.
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Phone: 61 02 6235 5677
Where: Tharwa Drive, Tharwa ACT 2620
Cost: Adult $7, Child/Concession $5, Family $15, Free for kids under 5
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