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Ellensbrook

Ellen Brook Road, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285, Australia
+61 8 9755 5173
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Old Homestead and surf beach.

Great little spot,beautifully reefs and beaches,popular surfing spot.Homestaed due for mainlanders... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2018
TripMember11102016
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Perth
An interesting building undergoing restoration

There are very few historic buildings in the Margaret River area. This building dates back to the... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2018
730tessav
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Bovey Tracey, United Kingdom
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In 1857 Ellen and Alfred Bussell chose the site of their new home. Sheltered from the winter storms, the site had access to fresh water and was surrounded by fertile soil. Over the decades the house was built in stages by ticket-of-leave convicts, deserting seamen and local Noongars. The Ellensbrook venture was successful, with income derived from the sale of beef, butter and cheese. Much of the success was due to the practical skills, energy and sound management of Ellen. Alfred and Ellen left Ellensbrook in 1865. Between 1871 and 1877 Ellensbrook was managed, and the homestead extended, by the eldest of their five daughters, Fanny. Later, the second daughter Edith made Ellensbrook her permanent home. In 1899 she established the Ellensbrook Farm Home for Aboriginal Children. The Home continued for 17 years during which time Edith continued the tradition of extending the main building. The Noongar name for the locality is Mokidup, and it was a traditional summer camping spot for thousands of years.
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Ellen Brook Road, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285, Australia
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

Great little spot,beautifully reefs and beaches,popular surfing spot.Homestaed due for mainlanders and restoration.will be great when completed.

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Reviewed February 10, 2018

There are very few historic buildings in the Margaret River area. This building dates back to the 1850s and is currently undergoing restoration and was free to visit. The friendly property manager welcomed and assisted us. The interpretation boards are very good and helped to...More

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Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

With so many beautiful beaches along this coast, its always fun to wander off and see where any road will take you. Ellensbrook Beach is quite rugged and picturesque, but not the one to spend a few hours splashing in an out the water. If...More

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Reviewed January 8, 2018

Imagine getting married and hacking your way through the bush in a new country to set up home many days walk from the nearest settlement. This is what Alfred and Ellen Bussell did back in the 1850s. The result is a delightful old homestead set...More

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Reviewed January 1, 2018

We visited in November 2017 after reading the history of the house & grounds. A lot of work going on, but very slowly! Walk was pleasant, but the bugs were active too!More

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nationaltrustwa, Public Relations Manager at Ellensbrook, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2018

Hello and thank you for your message. Yes, the work is proceeding slowly but is reliant on funding. We are about to start the next phase in February. This will mean new and interesting interpretation as well as having the buildings and landscape conserved. I...More

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Reviewed September 13, 2017

We came to here on our tour with Racheal from Margaret River BnB as part of our Nature & Wine tour. Yes, the place was still undergoing work, but having Racheal to take us round & explain the intricacies of the site was top noche....More

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Reviewed September 8, 2017

Although the buildings are closed for restoration the walk to the grotto and falls is very pleasant mostly on a sealed track. It was so peaceful at the grotto with the water falling into the grotto.

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Reviewed July 18, 2017

We went to look at Ellensbrook and found that it was undergoing restoration. The guys were really nice and told us lots about the historic home and the waterwheel nearby. The homestead site was chosen by Ellen and Alfred Bussell in 1857. The homestead is...More

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Reviewed June 14, 2017

This lovely historic house was under repairs when we visited. there is a walk trail that leads to a waterfall. It has very good pathways and worth the walk

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Reviewed May 15, 2017

Lovely for a picnic and relaxing on the grass in summer time. Nice waterfall up the cape to cape trail as well.

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nationaltrustwa, Owner at Ellensbrook, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2017

Glad you enjoyed it - and Meekadarabee Falls too.

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