Elizabeth Farm Parramatta

(Elizabeth Farm Parramatta, with Australia's first olive tree out front)

What a beautiful Labour Day long weekend we’ve had!  To capitalise on the incredible summery sunshine we decided to play tourists in our own town with a cruise up the Parramatta River to Elizabeth Farm. Elizabeth Farm is Australia’s oldest surviving homestead but since the house has been re-furnished with reproduction antiques, tools, and games, you can wander around freely, touch everything, and make yourself at home. There’s also a lovely cafe in a side garden and just down the hill Hambledon Cottage houses many of the Macarthur family’s original period treasures.

This weekend it was a bit of peace and quiet we were after, maybe a spot of cream tea, a look around a few convict built sites of historical significance and, ideally, respite from the plane trees which are everywherein the City of Sydney and seem to have sprouted a truly malevolent allergen in the last couple of days! Parramatta came up trumps on every front. I’m glad we test drove the experience because next time we’re looking to entertain out-of-town guests we’ll have this fabulous day trip (as well as the Blue Mountains) to pull out of our hats!