“We loved taking the tour here and were pleased by how much it engaged our kids in wanting to learn more about Australian history.”
Innes Ruins is an important remnant of early settlement days on the north coast of NSW. Built by Major Archibald Clunes Innes, it contains rich history about the settlement of NSW, convict labour and the culture of the 1800s. As an added bonus, it has a very charming setting looking over Lake Innes.
The Depression of the 1840s bought financial ruin to Innes, and the closure of Port Macquarie as a penal settlement deprived him of convict labour. Following his departure, the house was occupied by a number of people over time, but was derelict by the beginning of the 1900s. It subsequently deteriorated to its present state as a result of natural decay and vandalism.
Today, the ruins are classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW). This site can only be accessed through guided tours, which can be booked through the Port Macquarie Information Centre. If you have an interest in Australian history, you definitely shouldn’t miss the chance to take a guided tour of this fascinating site, which is suitable for visitors of all ages.