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Barwon Grange : National Trust Property


Barwon Grange is listed on the Australian Heritage Commission National Estate Register, The Heritage Victoria Register, and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Register as a significant property.

It is located at the river end of Fernleigh Street off West Fyans Street in Newton, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.  Melways map reference 228A B12 (pre 2000 edition), and 451 J7 (2000 edition).

Visitors are most welcome.

Individual or group guided tours.


Barwon Grange is an elegant intact brick villa, built in 1855 for merchant Jonathan Porter O'Brien who had emigrated from Liverpool.  The architecture is Picturesque Gothic Revival with steep gables and unusual decorative timber bargeboards and verandah parapet.  The interior contains early Victorian antique furniture and objects collected according to an 1856 auction inventory.  The garden, with lawns sloping towards the Barwon River, is reconstructed with plant species derived from 19th century catalogues.

Barwon Grange as a whole entity is an historically and culturally significant property.  It is a surviving example of a Geelong riverside residence from early settlement.  Its significance is derived from the property's siting on the river, its resultant views and its historical links with the broader history of Geelong.  This significance is also strongly supported by the architectural integrity of the house and the quality of its preservation.

Barwon Grange
Barwon Grange : 
ideal for indoor or outdoor functions

  •  Refreshments : Devonshire teas or Victorian delicacies based on Mrs Isabella Beeton's 1860s recipes are a speciality.  Pre-booking is necessary.
  • Student and adult educational tours most welcome, background notes and teachers kits available.
  • Industrial riverside heritage tours can be arranged.
  • River cruises combined with house tours available.
  • Self-guided garden walk included in entry price.
  • Croquet also included.
  • Picnics in the garden.


The Grange is open to the public at the following times - PLEASE CONTACT The Grange (03) 5221 3906 for CURRENT opening times as these could be out-of-date :-

1st, 2nd & 3rd Sunday of each month

1.00 pm to 4.00 pm


Christmas & Public Holidays that fall

on a Sunday

Barwon Grange open at any time by booking ahead.


Admission Prices (include GST) - PLEASE CONTACT The Grange (03) 5221 3906 for CURRENT prices as these could be out-of-date :-
Adults $ 6.00
Concession $ 5.00
Children $ 3.00
Family $ 14.00
Groups / Bus Tours: Entry at concession price per person $ 5.00
National Trust Members Free


Barwon Grange, Fernleigh Street, Newtown, Vic 3220

PO Box 1425, Geelong, Vic 3220

Phone :  (03) 5221 3906
Fax :  (03) 5223 3052
email :  barwon.grange@nattrust.com.au  


Barwon Grange
Barwon Grange



Barwon Grange is an ideal location for your private function :-

*  Weddings  *  Special birthdays  *  Anniversaries  *
*  Rowing regatta groups  *  Clubs  *  School groups  *
All welcome.

National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
ABN 61 004 356 192

Created by : Susie Zada
2011 Susie Zada, Ocean Grove, Victoria, Australia, for Barwon Grange
Last revised : September 08, 2011