Experiment Farm Cottage
Experiment Farm Cottage
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Friday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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Fascinating history but visitor experience issues
4.0 of 5 bubblesJan 2020
The Experiment Farm Cottage is a fascinating window into early 19th century life in NSW. The history on show is from the 2nd owner of the property; the 1st owner who was behind the "experiment" of being self-sufficient from the land and not government supplies sold out to his bigger neighbour after a few years who built the house that still stands. Located in a quiet Parramatta street, each room is meticulously furnished with period furniture that makes it easier to image what life would have been like after the first few decades of European settlement. I found this home of far superior quality than the (more historic) nearly Elizabeth Farm but had a few little concerns about the customer service. I arrived at 2.50pm and the sign out front very clearly said last tour at 3pm. Despite this, the lady said there was only time for a short tour as they closed at 3.30pm. I got the feeling we managed to fit in most of what there was to see and she was extremely knowledgeable, but I did feel a bit ripped off that I was being rushed around when the sign clearly said last tour 3pm. If there isn't time for a last tour at 3pm, don't advertise one. I also felt a bit ripped off when I was told that the staff at Old Government House on the other side of Parramatta CBD (which I visited earlier in the day) should have offered me a disounted ticket to visit both places, which they didn't. I would recommend a visit to Experiment Farm for a peaceful, genuine window onto colonial life but would recommend insisting on a joint ticket with Old Government House and visiting early in the day to ensure you get the full experience.

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geographyguy_11
Brisbane, Queensland515 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Experiment Farm Cottage is a fascinating window into early 19th century life in NSW. The history on show is from the 2nd owner of the property; the 1st owner who was behind the "experiment" of being self-sufficient from the land and not government supplies sold out to his bigger neighbour after a few years who built the house that still stands. Located in a quiet Parramatta street, each room is meticulously furnished with period furniture that makes it easier to image what life would have been like after the first few decades of European settlement.

I found this home of far superior quality than the (more historic) nearly Elizabeth Farm but had a few little concerns about the customer service. I arrived at 2.50pm and the sign out front very clearly said last tour at 3pm. Despite this, the lady said there was only time for a short tour as they closed at 3.30pm. I got the feeling we managed to fit in most of what there was to see and she was extremely knowledgeable, but I did feel a bit ripped off that I was being rushed around when the sign clearly said last tour 3pm. If there isn't time for a last tour at 3pm, don't advertise one. I also felt a bit ripped off when I was told that the staff at Old Government House on the other side of Parramatta CBD (which I visited earlier in the day) should have offered me a disounted ticket to visit both places, which they didn't.

I would recommend a visit to Experiment Farm for a peaceful, genuine window onto colonial life but would recommend insisting on a joint ticket with Old Government House and visiting early in the day to ensure you get the full experience.
Written 23 February 2020
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Colin D
Glen Waverley, Australia441 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
This is an average National Trust property, but more important because it is where a convict, James Ruse, confirmed he could be self sufficient, and hence was given the first land grant of 30 acres.

The house that is now open for guided tours, was built later by surgeon John Harris.

Pity Elizabeth Farm is run by a different organisation so there is no combined entry. They are only 600 m apart.
Written 19 July 2019
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Peter
Glasgow, UK3,166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
In 1789 James Ruse set up a small farm.
He reached self-sufficiency from colony food rations in only18 months, and was granted these 30 acres,the colony’s very first land grant.
Kept rather dark inside, and often with school children visiting.
Written 13 November 2019
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M A
Milton Keynes, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2012 • Business
Real insight into the early settlers trying to live like 'home'. Also visited Hambldon Cottage which is located on the Heritage Walk between Experiment Farm and Elizabeth Farm. A very interesting trio of properties - all with very knowledgeable guides - so enthusiastic - if you like 'living' history you coud spend all day here!
Written 27 October 2012
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David H
Parramatta12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Couples
I had a fantastic experience on this intimate cottage tour at Experiment Farm Cottage. The tour was guided, the tour guide was highly knowledgeable and friendly. I learnt a lot about Australia’s first land grant and James Ruse. I also learnt about Dr. John Harris the man who sold his land to and build this beautiful cottage.
Written 15 March 2012
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Kirkcaldylad
North Lanarkshire, UK1,565 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
The National Trust of Australia has done little to muck about with this historic building and the volunteers provided all the information we needed as we were guided round the rooms and then left to ourselves to take more time to appreciate the building and its history. It is also I sited a aid wonderful trees and plants. Again it is a pity that Parramatta council cannot signpost the way to these historic buildings better or indeed at all as we saw little signage on the way from the station.
Written 13 November 2019
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Nicholas W
62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Friends
This little house is one of the most important property's in Australia's history.

The staff are very informative and truly love what they are doing, their interest and knowledge glows as they showed us around. They way they brought the history of the building and the people who lived there was a treat.

The house is filled with many interesting items and furniture of the period, seeing the loving care with which it is displayed and looked after preserves history for the future.
Written 18 October 2017
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Kathryn C
Sydney, Australia22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
This is a very important historical site so it is worth visiting. The inside of the house is laid out as previous residents might have had it. It's a nice idea of how they would have lived but there are so many similarly presented properties in and around Sydney that I suggest you choose the ones which are of most interest to you.

Nevertheless there is a nice exhibition in the cellar detailing the lives of the two most famous inhabitants of the farm, which I liked.
Written 12 November 2016
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Tony R
Adelaide, Australia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Business
Looking at a place where our earliest settlers lived and listening to the excellent spiel about it from the guide, Harley, became an exciting trip back into the past.
Written 20 July 2016
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mag1
Derby, UK203 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
We only knew about this National Trust property through advice from staff at the Old Government House. It is only a short drive away but very difficult to find with little signage. It is the site of the first land grant in Australia and played a key part in Australian history. The volunteer guides who give you the guided tour provide so much information about those early days.
Written 1 May 2016
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