House & Gardens

Carrick Hill is a significant South Australian cultural tourism attraction.  It comprises a major heritage building, being the previous home of Sir Edward and Lady Ursula Hayward; internationally significant art collections; original subsidiary buildings such as stables; and approximately 40 hectares of land which includes approximately 26 hectares of native bushland.  The property is located close to the city of Adelaide in the Adelaide foothills with spectacular views stretching to Gulf St Vincent. 

Carrick Hill was a bequest to the people of South Australia from the Haywards.  The South Australian Government accepted the bequest in 1983 and the Carrick Hill Trust Act was enacted in 1985.  Carrick Hill was officially opened to the public by Queen Elizabeth II in 1986.

The house and interiors

The English manor-style home, constructed of local Basket Range stone, was completed in 1939. It contains the unique private collection of two perceptive art connoisseurs, Ursula and Bill Hayward.

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Formal Gardens

The Haywards were intensely British in their taste and style and in keeping with the English manor house style of their home.

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Outer Grounds / Bushland

The outer grounds, modelled on the English country park, featured groves of trees, including hawthorns, quinces, medlars and nut trees, Commercial citrus orchards were sheltered by stands of pines and gums.

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Story Book Trail

Designed to enable children to explore and discover the natural world, this short walk through Carrick Hill’s parkland uses classic children’s tales to encourage the imagination.

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Cafe and Marquee

The Carrick Hill Café, only 15 minutes from the CBD, is situated in what was once the garage of the House and together with a garden Marquee, offers spectacular views of Adelaide and the sea beyond.

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Art Gallery

Carrick Hill is Australia’s most intact twentieth-century heritage house museum and garden. Aspects of its privately-collected French, British and Australian fine and decorative arts collection are of an international standard, including masterpieces of British modernism and fine examples of seventeenth-century furniture and house fittings.

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Australian Museum of Gardening

The Australian Museum of Gardening is currently being established at Carrick Hill historic house and garden.

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Picnic areas

Discover all kinds of wonderful places to have a picnic at Carrick Hill.

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Gift Shop

The Carrick Hill Gift Shop is located in the House in what was the housekeeper’s sitting room and can be visited without paying entry to the House

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