Today the View club that I am a member of had an excursion to Noorilim Estate in Murchison Victoria.
This Mansion was built in 1879 and since then has had 10 owners. The first owners were the Winter family. Its long history has included a sheep and cattle station, a thoroughbred horse stud, private residence and recently a vineyard.
The property was purchased by the Menzies family in 1998. Brandon Menzies and his wife live at the property and have recently began holding tours of the grounds and the mansion.
As you drive down the long winding roadway with the towering trees and vineyards on either side, you know your going to be in for a treat.
As the huge double doors opened up and we walked into the entry, all 22 of us. There was room for many more. On every wall there was beautiful artwork. I do remember a couple of pieces were done by Brett Whitley.
Not only was this a beautiful mansion so lovingly restored to its former glory, it was like you had stepped into an art museum. We were instructed we could take photos however no close up of the paintings.
Noorlim Estate is classified by the National Trust, is on the Victorian Heritage Register and Register of the National Estate.
The homestead is surrounded by 22 acres of landscaped botanical gardens that are listed in the top 90 historic gardens by the Victorian Government. Original tress are Moreton Bay Figs, Date Palms, Bunya Bunya, Hoop Pines, Kurrajongs, Citron Scented Gums, Cedars Elms and Oaks were planted shortly after completion of the homestead in 1879. Making them some of the oldest specimens in the country. It’s a beautiful place to find a shady spot to enjoy a picnic in the peace and quiet.
The gardens and surrounding bushland are home to over 150 species of native birds and mammals including Laughing Kookaburras, Cockatoos, Parrots, Koalas and Kangaroos.
After the tour we all had a cuppa and a biscuit then we made our way into the town of Murchison.
I throughly recommend visiting this magnificent property. Nothing is roped off, well not today as we wandered around. A few of us went up the stairs to the bell tower, what an amazing view over the property. Wanting to take advantage of the opportunity to take some photos I somehow managed to climb the tiny stairs.
Many more photos of the Estate will be on my instagram page @3sistersabroad