Riveting Riversdale

One of the very first things I saw when I approached Riversdale was a horse water trough that was hand chiseled by a convict. These hand carving showed the start of Australia’s history. Riversdale is one of Australia’s oldest Colonial Georgian buildings and is full of a rich and vibrant history. This restored house is situated out in Goulburn in rural New South Wales, Australia. The National Trust purchased this house back in 1967 and have dedicated their time to restoring this magnificent house.

Convict chiseled horse trough
Convict chiseled horse trough

This beauty was built back in the 1830’s as a Coaching Inn by convicts. After the Inn’s life had expired, Edward Twynam, the Surveyor General (New South Wales) and his family bought this house in 1875. Edward and his family owned this house for almost 100 years. If you think about how old Australia is than that is pretty amazing.

Entrance
Entrance

The inside of this restored Inn has a beautiful collection of fine Australian colonial furniture, arts and craft collectible, intricate wood carvings and impressive embroidered panel designs by Emily Rose Twynam.

 

Inside the dining room

Inside the dining room

In 1893, Emily won the prize for her embroidery at the Chicago International Exhibition; you can view this beauty inside the house.

Inside the living room

Inside the living room

Today Riversdale still stands with its original paddocks and outbuildings with some of the most beautiful gardens in the surrounding land. You can stroll through these gardens and even have a picnic out on the lawn. Stroll through the winding paths and smell the beautiful flowers. Keep an eye out for the kookaburras that live in the garden. You can hear their laughs anywhere in Riversdale!

Gardens
Gardens

Open Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 10am – 2pm

Sunday- 10am – 3pm

Please note that Riversdale is closed in July.

Kookaburra
Kookaburra

Admission Fees:

National Trust members and children under 10 are free.

$8 Adults

$5 Concessions

The Gardens
The Gardens

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30 Comments

  • Punita

    September 9, 2016

    What a lovely, offbeat little place to escape to…hidden from the urban crowds and away from the hustle-bustle. Always gives a warm feeling to know about old home lovingly restored. Am sure it was a wonderful experience.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      September 15, 2016

      Thank you for the comment. It was a great place to randomly discover. I loved exploring it.

  • kevan

    September 9, 2016

    Interesting story. Places with such a long history are always an interest to me. The mixture of history, nature, and style makes an interesting combination.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      September 15, 2016

      Thank you for the comment. I agree with you, I love places with a long and amazing history!

  • Travel Lexx

    September 9, 2016

    Love the beautiful house and gardens. Not the sort of thing I expect to find in a small Australian town – I have never been through Goulburn but definitely a reason to stop if I ever decide to do another Australian roadtrip! Thanks for sharing!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      September 15, 2016

      Thank you for the comment. Goulburn isn’t really a place you stay but more one that you stop and explore for the day. It really was a beautiful place to explore 🙂

  • Lisa

    September 10, 2016

    I love stories of history saved and restored. I visit places like this where ever I travel and this place looks fabulous. A picnic in the garden listening to the kookaburras would be perfect for me. Thank you for sharing!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      September 15, 2016

      I am glad you enjoyed it. The kookaburras are great to just sit back and listen to you as you have lunch 🙂

  • Kelly Turpin

    September 11, 2016

    Great post. Love the photo of the Kookaburra.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      September 15, 2016

      Thank you! I was happy that I managed to capture him!

  • Punita Malhotra

    September 11, 2016

    This little hideaway far from the hustle-bustle of the city life would make for a perfect short escape. The pictures look so cozy and inviting.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      September 15, 2016

      It really is the perfect place. I loved spending the day here 🙂

  • Vyjay

    September 11, 2016

    The place is really charming and has a strange allure. The charm is accentuated by the fact that it has a long history behind it. The hand carved trough looks so poignant and has a story to tell, I am sure.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      September 15, 2016

      I wish someone could have told me more about the horse trough – I think it would have a great story. I am glad you enjoyed it!

  • Yenor

    September 11, 2016

    Nicely written. I enjoyed the photos. Thanks for sharing

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      September 15, 2016

      Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed it.

  • Juliette @ Snorkels To Snow

    September 11, 2016

    Australia has such interesting sites especially the historical areas & colonial buildings. The gardens look beautiful!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      September 15, 2016

      Thanks for the comment. Australia really does have some amazing place to visit.

  • Evan Kristine

    September 12, 2016

    Fascinating! Old houses are always nice to see and visit. Impressive they had the house for 100 years!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      September 15, 2016

      It is quite impressive to have that house for so long. It was great to explore for the day.

  • Jem

    September 12, 2016

    What a fascinating history. The house looks really nice inside and the trough, WOW! chiseled by hand. I wonder how many hours days the convict spent on it.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      September 15, 2016

      I think that trough would have taken quite a while to complete!! Thanks for the comment.

  • Norbert Micus

    September 12, 2016

    I will visit Australia once after this nice post!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      September 15, 2016

      Thank you and I hope you do!

  • Mary - A Mary Road

    September 12, 2016

    Looks like a cosy secluded place. I love the interior in the living room 🙂

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      September 15, 2016

      I am glad you enjoyed the pictures. Thanks for the comment.

  • Riversdale looks really interesting. I love visiting old towns in Australia. Hahndorf in Adelaide is my favourite!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      September 15, 2016

      I haven’t been to Hahndorf before so I will have to go and check it out. Thanks for the comment.

  • elisa

    September 14, 2016

    What a lovely place full of history for a day trip!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      September 15, 2016

      Thank you. It was a great day trip!!

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