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Wolston Farmhouse - Wacol

Explore Brisbane's bygone era…

Step back in time at Wolston Farmhouse, the oldest surviving residential farmhouse in Brisbane, nestled just a short drive to the southwest of Brisbane's bustling CBD.

This historic landmark, formerly known as Wolston House, boasts a rich rural history dating all the way back to 1852. It holds the distinction of being the very first property entrusted to the care of the National Trust of Australia (Queensland).

This charming farmhouse exudes the authentic atmosphere of a traditional rural homestead and is surrounded by breathtaking views that stretch out towards the tree-lined riverbanks.

Listed as a heritage site, the homestead features expansive verandas that overlook the lush green property and gardens. It comprises six rooms, each of which transports you to a nineteenth-century rural lifestyle with its collection of period artifacts, including sausage stuffers in the kitchen, silverware in the dining room, a pianola in the parlour, and horsehair mattresses in the bedrooms. Below ground, you'll find the larder, a meat room, and the Maid’s quarters with a scullery – a place where the temperature is naturally cooler, and where you might even hear some eerie noises or experience a touch of the paranormal!

Wolston Farmhouse is open to the public on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month, it welcomes students on weekdays for School Excursion Programs, offering an educational experience for future generations. Wolston Farmhouse is also available as a venue hire only for small boutique bespoke events.

Wolston Farmhouse is a heritage-listed, venue-hire-only property. Please note that while we strive to accommodate various events, our property may not always be the perfect fit for every occasion.

Plan Your Visit


223 Grindle Road, Wacol, Queensland, 4076

Open Hours

Opening times:
1st & 3rd Sunday of the Month
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

We welcome school excursions, venue hire only, and regional and state tourism opportunities.
Keep an eye out for our special events scheduled throughout the year.


07 3088 8133


Entry Fees

$12 Adults
$10 Concession
$5 Children (3-13 years)
NTAQ Member free

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Uncover Wolston Farmhouse's historical journey…

In 1852, Dr. Stephen Simpson began building Wolston Farmhouse on a 640-acre riverside property, situated between Brisbane and Ipswich. Dr. Simpson, a man of learning and prominence, also managed a horse and cattle station here, naming it after his Warwickshire birthplace. He held important positions, including Justice of the Peace, Police Magistrate, and a member of Queensland's Legislative Council, with a significant role as Crown Commissioner of Lands in the 1840s.

In 1860, the property changed hands to Matthew Buscall Goggs, who continued to breed horses and cattle. The Grindle family took over in 1906 and introduced a dairy business, supplying milk to Brisbane suburbs until the 1930s. Bert Hurley took ownership in 1956, but the Queensland Government resumed the property in 1960.

In 1963, the National Trust of Queensland acquired Wolston Farmhouse and a small parcel of land, embarking on a journey to restore and preserve this historical treasure. Today, Wolston Farmhouse is a cherished part of the National Trust's collection, offering visitors a glimpse into its storied past.