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Cattai Homestead and historic farm buildings

Cattai National Park


Cattai Homestead and historic farm buildings near Windsor, just north of Sydney, are an important part of Australian history and a must-see for history buffs.

Historic buildings/places
Cattai National Park
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note
  • The two historic sites are best visited together. You can do this by car or on foot. They’re 1.5km apart.

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.

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. Guided tours are available - you’ll need to book in advance. 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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Operated by

  • Windsor
  • 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays)
  • (02) 4572 3100
  • (02) 4580 2714
  • Scheyville National Park, Scheyville Road, Scheyville NSW

Park info

  • in Cattai National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Cattai National Park is open 7.30am to 6.30pm during daylight savings (7.30am - 5pm at other times), but may have to close at other times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8  per vehicle per day is charged for motor vehicles (including motorbikes).

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Windsor
      (02) 4572 3100
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays)
    • Scheyville National Park, Scheyville Road, Scheyville NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4580 2714
See more visitor info
Rusty farm equipment. Photo:John Yurasek