The Gibulla property will be open for viewing by the public for two “Family Open Days”. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the historic buildings and beautiful grounds and enjoy a sausage sizzle, Devonshire teas or candy apples. There will be a jumping castle, face painting and a petting zoo for the kids to enjoy. This year they will also have a photo booth in front of the main house along with a number of lawn games like croquet.
When: 16th & 17th September
Time: 10am - 4pm
Where: 710 Moreton Park Road, Menangle.
Cost: $5 per adult and children (under 16) go free.
Gilbulla was built in 1899 by the Macarthur family as a wedding gift to Lt Colonel James William Macarthur-Onslow, the great grandson of the famous Australian Wool Industry pioneer John Macarthur. The grand Gilbulla homestead rests on 54 acres of land and many of the original features of the property are still visible. The original village of Menangle was constructed to house the farm and domestic workers for the Gilbulla property. It was the Red Cross which constructed the Long House to the east of the main house. The Anglican church purchased the property from Camden Park Estate in 1949 for use as a retreat and conference centre and constructed the log chapel in 1950, the motel style accommodation and meeting hall in 1978 and the dining hall extension to the main house and other works in the 1980s. The property was purchased by the current owners Ellel Ministries Australia Ltd for use as a Christian Discipleship & Prayer Ministry Training venue in 2002.
For further information visit https://ellel.org/au/about/ellel-australia/