Abercrombie House Bathurst stands tall and proud on Ophir Road, just west of Bathurst. As you stumble across this heritage treasure, built in the 1870’s, you’ll suddenly feel like you’ve arrived in Scotland. It’s like nothing else you’ll see across Australia and well worth the visit.
Originally built by Bathurst pioneers the Stewart family, it has been the home of the Morgan family since 1969 who have spent the last 50 years year’s living there, restoring and maintaining this magnificent house, the outbuildings and grounds.
A symbol of the town’s rich heritage Abercrombie House and its grounds are open to the public throughout the year for a small entry fee.
As you wind your way up the narrow pathway passing through the wrought iron gates and stone pillars the imposing granite mansion looms ahead. It’s as if this grand house has been transplanted from a Scottish heath to central west region of New South Wales.
History of Abercrombie House Bathurst
Following you will find a brief history of Abercrombie House. More information can be found here.
The first land west of Bathurst was granted when Sir Ralph Darling encouraged Lieutenant William Stewart to come to Bathurst to make the first selection – the site of Abercrombie House
The construction of Abercrombie House in the ‘Jacobean Scottish Baronial’ style began, lasting for eight years
Left totally bare by the Stewart family the house was shut down
Rex Morgan and his wife came to Bathurst from Sydney with their three children, in search of a weekend retreat. They were looking for a weekender and ended up with this 50-room mansion.
- Since 1968
The Morgan family have spent the last 50 or so years restoring the house, outhouses and grounds
Buying an additional 12,000 acres of land expanding the property to 15,000 acres
Winning tourism awards for their contribution to history and society
The house and grounds were first made available to the public through tours and events
50th Anniversary of the Morgan’s first house tours
Interesting Facts of Abercrombie House Bathurst
- The mansion has 50 Rooms
- There are 30 Fireplaces
- 7 Stairwells throughout the house
- Situated on 20 hectares of land
- Built of sandstone and granite
- A 1920’s Steinway grand piano is located in the drawing room
- A 108-year-old upright piano sits in the ballroom
- It houses the oldest pipe organ on mainland Australia
- Beautiful Peacocks wander the grounds
- Apparently, it’s haunted!
Fees and Opening Hours
The historic and grand Abercrombie House, more like a castle, is open* as follows:
- Wednesdays 10.00am – 4.00pm
- Thursdays 10.00am – 4.00pm
- Fridays 10.00am – 4.00pm
- Saturdays 9.00am – 5.00pm
- Sundays 9.00am – 5.00pm
The entry fee’s* to explore this grand piece of Australian history are:
Entry to the house, gardens, grounds and parkland walk:
- $15.00 Adults
- $10.00 Concession
- $5.00 Children Under 14
- $35.00 Family of 4 – 2 Adults and 2 Children
Entry to the outdoors only includes the gardens, grounds and parkland walk:
- $5.00 Per Person
* Check the Abercrombie House website for the most up to date information
Abercrombie House Bathurst has hosted everyone from members of the royal family, Dame Joan Sutherland to many famous Australian sopranos, car shows and more.
Bathurst is a 2.45 hour drive from Sydney so be sure to put Abercrombie House on your list for a wonderful piece of Australian history.
Also, if you’re heading that way check out our other blogs on central west region NSW here.