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Location / Nearby McCrae Homestead

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Ray R
⏳ 12-2021
4.1

Victoria’s Early History

If you visit our Mornington Peninsula then a visit to McCrae Homestead is a must. It’s all about our Victoria’s early settlement. To see the homestead amongst modern suburban dwellings is amazing. Story of Georgiana McCrae is fascinating. How did they all survive?
N H
⏳ 12-2021
4.7

Brilliant

We came today with two kids 3 and 6. We were given a tour by Katherine and were surprised by how lovely and full of history it was. The guides are so knowledgeable and accomodate the kids. It’s national trust so only $26 for the family to get in. The gallery is very interesting too and a bit interactive for the kids. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Traveller88Melbourne
⏳ 12-2021
4.7

Heritage that is truly Hidden

You arrive at the address & think "is this it?". But walk into the unassuming Visitors Information Centre - pay the reasonable entry fee (free for National Trust members) & tour the excellently curated Museum to discover the pioneer history of this Homestead through the story of two families - their hardships and success.

Guided tours with a friendly knowledgeable volunteer is included in the entry fee. You will be taken through the back door and down a meandering path to behold the Homestead which has remained unchanged and mostly unaltered since it was constructed with furniture and items used by the original inhabitants!! This in itself transports you back in time and the Homestead - although pretty small is totally enthralling. For those who turn up their nose - keep in mind that this was far from the colonial civilisation of Melbourne and Terra Australis was like outer space then.

The first review below gives a pretty good account - so no point in me rehashing. All I can say is - it’s a pity that the view of the Bay from the homestead verandah is now obscured by suburbia. But pause on the road outside the entrance - the Bay is clearly visible as it would have been 173 years ago.

Definitely worth a visit - only 3 mins walk from main foreshore road. Open on Sun only from 11am - 4 pm & closed July & Aug. It was not crowded yesterday - our guided tour took about 40 mins (we took our time & asked a lot of questions!). You can spend as much time as you like in the Museum which houses memorabilia of the pioneers & numerous very interesting short video clips (history of the area & descendants) in an adjoining smaller room which you can select to watch. Yes - wheelchair & pram friendly.
333jen
⏳ 12-2021
4.6

Step Back in Time

Have visited this charming homestead many times since my childhood and always a delight to return. The newly built historical display centre offers a wealth of information to prepare you for the wonderful tour of the homestead. The volunteers who work here are very passionate about this home and are able to answer all questions posed to them.
Joanne N
⏳ 12-2021
4.6

A little gem in the crown of our heritage

I have lived on the Mornington peninsula for 25years and I am ashamed to say this was my first visit to Mccrae homestead. A tiny cottage that has so much history attached to it. I am so grateful that its story and the story of the Mccrae’s and then the Burrell family is told. Many interesting pieces are displayed. Charming cottage worth preserving and a perfect insight into early settler life and the hardships they faced.
Jeremy7649
⏳ 12-2021
4.7

A glimpse into our colonial past !!

I recommend that you go round this quaint old homestead with one of the local guides. They are a mine of information which I would have missed out on if viewing alone.

It makes you wonder how we can survive so easily today with all our modern facilities and gadgets, when you see how it used to be.

Humbling !!
Oldjack
⏳ 12-2021
4.7

Historical But Hidden

It is set back off the Nepean highway on a side road and although well signed it is often over looked. It was built in the mid 1800’s and is small and quaint piece of history and possibly the oldest structure on this part of the coast. Although it may not be open take a small detour to have a look at the structure.

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