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Wolston Farmhouse - Wacol


Wolston Farmhouse is temporarily closed.
 

Take a glimpse into Brisbane’s past…

Wolston Farmhouse, Brisbane’s oldest surviving residential farmhouse is a 19th-century rural gem located a short drive North West of the CBD. 

The historic landmark, previously known as Wolston House is situated in a rural setting dating back to 1852. It was the first property to be taken care of by the National Trust of Australia (Queensland).

The beauty is evident in the oldest surviving residential farmhouse in the district, capturing the ambience of a traditional rural homestead and surrounded by stunning views which stretch down to the tree-lined river banks. 

The Heritage-listed homestead has six rooms where you can wander through each room experiencing the comfortable rural lifestyle of previous owners. Each room displays a nineteenth-century rural lifestyle with artefacts such as sausage stuffers in the kitchen, silverware in the dining room, a pianola in the parlour and horsehair mattresses in the bedrooms.

The spacious verandas offer relaxing spaces where you can sit and reflect while enjoying the lush green property. Visitors may be interested to try some of 'old fashioned' entertainment on offer within the grounds such as vintage lawn games.

Enjoy a delightful Farmhouse cafe experience at the Tea Terrace Cafe, offering delectable sweet and savoury treats with the Farmhouse Tea.

Wolston Farmhouse is available as a wedding venue or venue hire with stunning photo opportunities. 

Plan Your Visit


Address

223 Grindle Road, Wacol, Queensland, 4076

Open Hours

Wolston Farmhouse is temporarily closed.

Phone

07 3088 8133

Email

wolston.house@nationaltrustqld.org

Entry Fees

National Trust members - Free
Adult - $10.00
Concession - $7.00
Children - $5.50 Aged 4 - 16 years
Under 4 years Free
For Groups of 10+ Discounts apply
Farmhouse Tea only - $7.50 per person

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History


Dr Stephen Simpson initially purchased 640 acres (259 hectares) of land located on the banks of the Brisbane River, half way between Brisbane and Ipswich, where he commenced construction of Wolston Farmhouse in 1852. He established a horse and cattle station on the property and named it after his Warwickshire birthplace. A learned man, Dr Stephen Simpson was also a Justice of the Peace and a Police Magistrate. A member of the first Legislative Council of Queensland he had been appointed Crown Commissioner of Lands in the 1840s.

In 1860 the property was sold to Matthew Buscall Goggs, who continued to breed horses and cattle and raised a large family there. His son, also named Matthew Buscall Goggs, sold the Wolston estate to the Grindle family in 1906.

The Grindles introduced a dairy business, supplying milk to Brisbane suburbs into the 1930s before selling the land to farmer Bert Hurley in 1956. The Queensland Government resumed the property in 1960.

The then National Trust of Queensland acquired Wolston Farmhouse and a small parcel of land in 1963, and has worked hard to restore and conserve the property. Popular with visitors, Wolston Farmhouse features furnishings and artefacts dating back more than a century and is a much loved and valued property in the National Trust portfolio.

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