Our first visit inside the big bluestone gate entrance was for an outdoor concert , One Electric Day, on the Great Lawn. A full day of Aussie bands in this fabulous setting was so good, we came back again the following year!
Between bands, we’d take a walk around the paths and sandy gravel tracks, before settling back down on our picnic rug in time for the next artist to take the stage.
A couple of years later, we visited the mansion itself, and took an even better look around the grounds this time.
Around the ornamental lake, The Grotto entrance led to the cave like room. Adorned with seashells and apparently the teeth of Chirnside sheep and Chirnside children, it's kinda weird, but provides a cool retreat on a hot day.
A wooden fence alongside the property allows a peek into the adjoining winery
And along the front fenceline, the State Rose Garden is located on the other side, just a short walk between the two locations.
Towards the back of the property, some horse jumps indicated the presence of equestrian events, such as show jumping and polo is often played here.
A heritage orchard at the rear, vegetable gardens, green houses and many sculptures dotted around the grounds, add to the surprise factor of the property.
So much to see - and we haven’t even been inside the mansion yet!