Castle !!!!!! In Australia ?????
When it comes to visiting castles, Australia isn’t at the top of your list, in fact, Oz shouldn’t be on your list at all. But surprise, they do have a few castles to show off. They may not be as big or medieval as the ones in the United Kingdom, but for the budget-savvy residents, here’s one that is situated just a couple of hours drive from Sydney.
Iandra Castle or ‘Mount Oriel – Homestead and Pastoral Estate’ as it is originally called, is located at Greenthorpe in New South Wales. it is a good 4.5 hour drive from Sydney via Blue Mountains, Bathurst and Cowra.
Iandra Castle was established by George Henry Greene from 1878-1911 and is modeled on the English Manor System. It is situated on one of the most picturesque countryside NSW has to offer.
The Homestead was amazing and set on such a beautiful parcel of land. Fantastic views from the balcony overlooking well manicured gardens and and endless yellow carpet of canola flowers.
Pay a $10pp fee and you step inside a plethora of rooms with antique furniture and fittings. You will lose count of the number of bedrooms (15 I guess), fall in love with the garden, be amazed with the facilities they had in the 1900s and be jealous with the panoramic view of the landscapes that the owners get to enjoy.
Read more about the castle and its history at “http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=5051843”
I suggest that visitors check the website before planning a visit, as the castle is not opened all times. Important thing to note is that the castle is privately owned and is not government funded, hence the entry fee.
Grab a blanket and your picnic baskets, start early, enjoy a day at the grounds of Iandra Castle and its surrounding Canola fields.