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Ellensbrook

Ellensbrook Road, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285, Australia
+61 8 9755 5173
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Great to See it Being Restored

We went to look at Ellensbrook and found that it was undergoing restoration. The guys were really... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Anita T
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Forster, Australia
Historic

This lovely historic house was under repairs when we visited. there is a walk trail that leads to a... read more

Reviewed 14 June 2017
Joanne D
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Perth, Australia
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In 1857 Ellen and Alfred Bussell chose the site of their new home. Sheltered from the winter storms, the site had access to fresh water and was surrounded by fertile soil. Over the decades the house was built in stages by ticket-of-leave convicts, deserting seamen and local Noongars. The Ellensbrook venture was successful, with income derived from the sale of beef, butter and cheese. Much of the success was due to the practical skills, energy and sound management of Ellen. Alfred and Ellen left Ellensbrook in 1865. Between 1871 and 1877 Ellensbrook was managed, and the homestead extended, by the eldest of their five daughters, Fanny. Later, the second daughter Edith made Ellensbrook her permanent home. In 1899 she established the Ellensbrook Farm Home for Aboriginal Children. The Home continued for 17 years during which time Edith continued the tradition of extending the main building. The Noongar name for the locality is Mokidup, and it was a traditional summer camping spot for thousands of years.
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Ellensbrook Road, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We went to look at Ellensbrook and found that it was undergoing restoration. The guys were really nice and told us lots about the historic home and the waterwheel nearby. The homestead site was chosen by Ellen and Alfred Bussell in 1857. The homestead is...More

Thank Anita T
Reviewed 14 June 2017

This lovely historic house was under repairs when we visited. there is a walk trail that leads to a waterfall. It has very good pathways and worth the walk

Thank Joanne D
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Lovely for a picnic and relaxing on the grass in summer time. Nice waterfall up the cape to cape trail as well.

Thank Emma W
nationaltrustwa, Owner at Ellensbrook, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Glad you enjoyed it - and Meekadarabee Falls too.

Reviewed 15 February 2017

The Margaret River dairy industry was established at this site in the 1880's. Loads of local interest.

Thank madfish2016
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Worth a visit and a walk round to the "waterfall" close by. Friendly warden collecting the small entrance fee. House isn't furnished so you have to use your imagination. High level timeline and some other bits of information dotted about.

Thank Geraldine L
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Like others have said, buildings aren't open Monday through Wednesday. But one can walk around. We saw Magpies and crows whose caw was different then those we have in North America. A short hike takes you to Meekadarabee Falls.

1  Thank DEEvaluator
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

A great spot to see a little bit of history. We did the short walk to the nearby falls and really enjoyed it. The track to the falls is nicely done (paved and board walk) and took about 20 mins or so. The falls weren't...More

Thank happytravellermaz
Reviewed 20 October 2016

We visited to find it is only open for very short periods of time. We enjoyed looking in the windows of the homestead and the surrounds. We went to the 2 waterfalls along a well made path. The history behind EllensBrook is inspiring.

Thank thimbella
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Really special place. Historic first settlers Home. National Trust Listed . Worth a walk to the Waterfall nearby.

1  Thank 562barbara
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Miraculously saved during the 2011 bushfire (in which we lost the much grander Wallcliffe House), Ellensbrook House is a wonderful reminder of how the early English settlers made shelter for themselves. Nearby Meekadarabee falls are a significant site for local Aborigines with the legend of...More

Thank west0z
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