Oct 18, 2018


Here's a location that you wont find on the tourist trail !!!...... Yulgilbar Castle


Before my dad passed away he always talked about the Yulgilbar castle, NW of Grafton, where the property spans some 30,000 acres on the Clarence River. He worked as a young horticulturist - doing his apprenticeship with Sorenson's nursery on the Blue mountains, and also working in heritage gardens in Leura, Katoomba, Bowral and the famous Everglade Gardens. 

Several times a year a team ( including dad  ) would fly to Yulgilbar and do maintenance work in the gardens. 

After months of trying to gain access I was finally granted entry into this amazing property. 

Yulgilbar Castle is one of the most historic pioneer properties in Australia. Built in the 1860's by the Olgilve Family. It has been owned by the well known Myer family for more than 60 years. 

On the day that we were there the owner flew in for lunch on their way to Tamworth in their private jet, and graciously met the owners. We found out that just weeks before the caretaker of this amazing property found some old drawings for the landscape redevelopment back in the 70’s, and guess what !!! My dad designed the gardens when the castle was getting a refurb !!!....... very proud day taking mum there to see dads amazing foresight into this property along with @sals_gone_walk_about who has history there too. Even got a copy of the plans !!!! Photos don’t do this place justice. I feel proud that dad told me of Yugilbar and I saw his work - miss dad ☹️.... 

... now all I need is a piece of land to do the same !!!!!  


Anonymous said...

this is great. We had the honor of living in Australia for five years, and I loved to visit the used book stores. I am again reading, Squatters Castle The Story of a Pastoral Dynasty, which is all about the castle!!!! Thanks for posting this!!!

Unknown said...

Wow, your dad's connection to this place is very, very cool!