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OPEN HOUSES: Jamberoo Valley in the Spring

From the National Trust Illawarra Shoalhaven Branch News Bulletin…

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Branch invites you to a Springtime visit to four local properties and gardens in the beautiful Jamberoo Valley. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy the splendour of the gardens in full bloom. We are extremely excited to announce a very special event, developed in collaboration with some very generous residents and business owners in Jamberoo Valley. On Wednesday 23 October, we will be showcasing four beautiful properties – houses and gardens, in the valley, with our Open Houses Visit. We are most grateful to the owners of these properties for their enthusiasm and support for this event and our Branch. Join us in the Spring, in Jamberoo!

Date: Wednesday 23 October 2019

Time: 9.45am to 4.00pm (approximately)

Cost: $65.00 Members, $75.00 Friends

Bookings: Contact Sue on 4272 9613 or email

Terragong House, Jamberoo Road, Jamberoo

A wonderful example of colonial Georgian architecture, and today an exclusive B&B as well as home to the current owners. From the time of the original land grant in the 1820s, the property remained in the Marks family (for seven generations) prior to its sale in 2014. The current owners have undertaken eighteen months of extensive and sympathetic renovations.

Park Mount, Jerrara Road, Jerrara

One of the earliest surviving weatherboard houses in Jerrara, built c1848 for William Colley by his brother, master builder John Colley, born of a family of successful pioneers in the district. Restored and extended with 21st century additions that complement and enhance the charm of the original house, which remains largely unchanged. Perfectly situated on a north facing slope with magnificent sweeping views from the Illawarra escarpment in the west, to the ocean in the east. The house is surrounded by Illawarra Small Leaf Fig trees, Norfolk Pines and garden designed by Michael Cooke.

The Farm, Long Brush Road, Jerrara

A French inspired farmhouse built in 1996, after the owners spent time in France sourcing shutters, hardware for windows and doors, and antique furniture. The gardens are a combination of professional advice and lucky chance brought together by the dry stone walls for which the valley is famous.

The Shed, Factory Lane, Jamberoo

An old heritage shed conversion, now a modern family residence. Adaptive reuse at its best. Using the bones of the original corrugated iron shed, the owners have created a contemporary home on the edge of the village, located in the precinct that was the site of Australia’s first cooperative dairy.

Meet in Jamberoo village at the car park in Kevin Walsh Oval at 9.45am, before departure to properties by shuttle bus at 10.00am. Two properties will be inspected in the morning and two in the afternoon. There will be a two-hour lunch break, between the morning and afternoon visits.

Enjoy lunch at the nearby Jamberoo Pub (at your own expense) or bring your own picnic lunch. Jamberoo Pub is offering a free beverage (wine, beer, soft drink) with every lunch purchased from the Jamberoo Pub bistro!

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