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Cattai Homestead and historic farm buildings

“It was like stepping back in history – you could really imagine what it must have been like living here all those years ago.”

Cattai National Park is made up of land originally granted to First Fleet assistant surgeon Thomas Arndell. Today, the park contains a number of historic colonial buildings associated with generations of the Arndell family who farmed along the Hawkesbury. It is an important part of Australian history and a must-see for history buffs.

There are two clusters of interesting historic sites within the park to explore. There’s an early colonial dwelling, the 1820's National Trust-listed Cattai Homestead that features convict-built dry stone walls. There’s also a dairy and grain silo complex built in the 1930’s, just prior to the area becoming a recreation ground.

Roam around to explore the area’s fascinating farming heritage. You’ll find signage to fill you in on the history, along with machinery similar to that used by the Arndells displayed in neighbouring fields.

There’s plenty of other activities at Cattai National Park while you’re here – take a walk from the silos to the Hawkesbury River lookout, or enjoy a barbecue lunch at one of the picnic areas.

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Getting there

Getting there:

The historic farm buildings, including the dairy and silo complex, are in the Cattai Farm section of Cattai National Park.

To get there, take Cattai Road or Wisemans Ferry Road to the park entry. The historic farm buildings will be on your right a short distance from the park's entrance. Continue along the road for Cattai Homestead, it's on the right just before Cattai Farm picnic area. 

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available a short walk from each of the historic sites

Important info

You should know:

  • The two historic sites are best visited together – you can do this by car or on foot; they’re 1.5km apart

Wheelchair access:

Medium

Assistance may be required to access this area

  • The distance from parking to historic buildings is about 50m to 100m
  • Both sites are on relatively level ground

Contacts:

Windsor, Phone: 02 4572 3100

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Rusty farm equipment. Photo:John Yurasek