We are located in the town of Nowra, about 160km south of Sydney. Please enter from Worrigee Street, opposite the showground
Train and bus
The closest train station is Bomaderry. From Sydney’s Central station, the trip takes about 3 hours and requires a change at Kiama. This service is limited on weekends.
From Bomaderry, Meroogal is about 4km. You can get a bus from the station to Stewart Place shopping area, and from there Meroogal is a gentle uphill walk of about 1km. On weekends, the bus service is quite irregular, so a 10-minute taxi ride is a fast and convenient alternative.
We currently run a program for primary students and can arrange tours of the house and garden for secondary students. See below for details.
Things to do
Bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden.
Get to know the ‘Roogals’ through their stories, belongings and home.
Spend a lazy hour relaxing in the shade of the verandah.
Look for family recipes for cakes and preserves.
Pump water from the well.
Play the piano in the drawing room.
Imagine the traditional teas enjoyed by the family under the jacaranda.
Use the stereoscope.
Children & families
Step into another time and get to know the families who lived here through their house, their things and their stories. What did they eat, play, do without refrigerators and electric lights, and how did their lives change with them? Pump water from the well or play croquet on the lawn.
Umbrellas and bags over handbag size must be left in the office.
Inside the house, you will need to take off your shoes or wear the ‘over-shoes’ provided.
There is level access from the street into the garden and ramp access to the ground floor of the house. For visitors who cannot manage the stairs to the upper floors, captioned photographs are provided.
We are always happy to try and accommodate individual visitors with specific needs into our regular guided tours, but we are best able to do that if you call ahead to let us know about any particular requirements you have. For groups with specific needs, we can develop customised tours to support those needs. Please call ahead to arrange on + 61 2 4421 8150.
Our curriculum-linked program for primary students (Stage 1) explores how home life has changed over the past 100 years. For secondary students we can arrange a tour of the house and garden which includes using a range of primary and secondary sources. Tours for tertiary and adult education groups can also be booked by appointment.