Gulf Station - National Trust

Yarra Glen, VIC, 3775

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Established in the 1850s, Gulf Station was farmed for nearly 100 years by the Bell family. Come along to our monthly open days to discover what life was like for a family living on the land in nineteenth century Australia. Around this pioneer farm, you'll find an extensive garden and orchard as well as an array of farm buildings and animals all looked after by volunteers who also offer guided tours for visitors on the day.

Opening Dates/Times

Open to the general public on the first Thursday of each month 10am to 2pm. Group bookings are available by appointment. Groups must contact us at least two weeks prior to your planned visit date. Please email bookings@nattrust.com.au or call (03) 9656 9889. This venue is run by volunteers so advance notice is required for group visits.

Entry Fee: $9

Open Day Fees - Adult: $9 Concession: $6 Children (5-15): $3 Family: $20 (2 adults + 2 children)
National Trust members: Free

Location & Contact Info

  • 1029 Melba Highway
  • Yarra Glen, VIC, 3775

Local Climate Zone: 10 - Mediteranean

Summer avg. Max: 25°C Winter avg. Min: 5°C
Avg Frost Days:12
 
Annual Rainfall avg: 916mm. Summer avg. 183mm.
No. of rainy days: 59 Winter avg. 266mm.

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Welcome to Gulf Station

We host regular events and activities including Heritage Festivals, Talks, Workshops and Lost Tradition Days where you can see working horses, sheep being sheared, butter being made in traditional churns and wood being worked without using power tools.

The gardens and orchard

A birds eye view of the gardens and orchard with it's heritage plants and trees that have changed little over the years. Keen gardeners will recognise the old roses and other plants which were grown in earlier times.

Before tractors, cars and electricity

Meet some of the farm animals which were vital to pioneer farmers, for both food and transport.

An original timber farm

Gulf Station is one of the only original timber farms left in Australia. The complex is home to an historic homestead and original buildings like the barn, schoolhouse, butcher shop, stables and dairy. It was a life without luxury. How did they clear and maintain the property without modern machinery? Keep food? Transport produce to market? Wash their clothes?

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