Stay at the Grange
The Grange is Barker's Field Studies Centre located in Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains. The School community and others are welcome to stay at The Grange throughout the year when the school is not using the property.
The Grange is one of Mount Victoria's earliest buildings. It was built for William R. Piddington, colonial secretary to Sir Henry Parkes, on a 35 hectare holding in 1876. The home was designed by the well known architect John Horbury Hunt who made the most of the elevated position with magnificent views to the north. Many of the original fittings and much of the innate character of Hunt's design have been preserved: the charm of tall ceilings, the texture of sandstone and the warmth of timber combine to give The Grange a character all of its own. Barker acquired the property in 1989 and opened its Outdoor Education and Field Studies Centre. The Middle School Program runs throughout the year for Barker students.
Bordering the World heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park, The Grange is in close proximity of numerous activities including walks and the scenic attractions of Pulpit Rock, The Bushrangers' Cave, Ross Glen, Mt Piddington, Fairy Bower, Cox's Cave, Mitchell's Lookout, Berghoffer's Pass and Lawsons Long Alley. By car there is easy access to Mt York, the Zig Zag Railway, the famous gardens of Mt Wilson, Jenolan Caves, Cox's River, Lithgow and Hassan's Walls, Victoria Falls, Govett's Leap, the Megalong Valley and Newnes.
There are three buildings available for hire:
- The Grange Homestead
- The Cottage
- The Gate House
The Grange – Homestead (Main Building)
The Grange is homestead designed by renowned architect John Horbury Hunt in 1876. There are six bedrooms which sleep up to forty-two people. It is dorm-style accommodation. Five of the rooms are a mixture of single and bunk beds, one has a double bed and a bunk bed. You will need to supply your own sleeping bags or sheets, blankets/doona. The kitchen is fully equipped. It has an industrial type stove and work area. In the scullery there is a dishwasher and in the laundry a washing machine and dryer. The dining room seats up to 42. The large lounge/meeting room has an open fire place at each end and a DVD/Television projector system which you view just above one of the fire places. There is a games room downstairs that has table tennis and pool tables. A barbecue is available in the grounds for your use. The grounds of the campus are available for you to use during your stay.
The Cottage is a four bedroom house that sleeps up to 14 people. It is recently renovated (2014). There are three bedrooms which have a double bed and a bunk and one bedroom has two single beds. A fully equipped kitchen and two bathrooms (one is a combined laundry/bathroom). The lounge room has a slow combustion heater, there is also a gas heater. You will need to take sheets or sleeping bags for the beds as only blankets are provided. If you feel the cold we advise you take some extra blankets or doonas. The grounds of the campus are available for you to use during your stay.
The Gate House is a two bedroom house that sleeps five people. It is situated just outside the main gate of the campus in Selsdon Street. One bedroom has a queen size bed, the other a single bed and a bunk. It has a combined lounge/kitchen and two bathrooms (one is a combined laundry/bathroom). The lounge room has a gas heater and electric heating also. You will need to take sheets or sleeping bags for the beds as only blankets are provided. (If you feel the cold we advise you to take some extra blankets or doonas.) There is a gas barbecue provided for your use in the courtyard. The grounds of the campus are available for you to use during your stay.
|Building||Cost (per person)||Minimum Occupancy / Total Cost|
|The Grange Homestead||$31.00||20 persons / $620 per night
2 night total $1240
|The Cottage||$31.00||5 persons / $155 per night
2 night total $310
|The Gatehouse||$31.00||3 persons / $93 per night
2 night total $186
|Day only visitor rate||$15:00||20 persons / $300|
- On weekends, all bookings are 2 nights minimum (Friday and Saturday)
- On long weekends (Public Holidays), all bookings are 3 nights minimum
- During holiday periods 2 night minimum stay applies as well to all buildings
- During Christmas summer holidays minimum stay is 5 nights
- Children 0- 4 years are free only after the minimum cost has been reached
- Children 5 years and over are the same price as an adult
- If hired in conjunction with any of the above $25.00 per day
- If hired as a separate venue $125.00 per day
- Classroom with desks and chairs
The Grange is in Mount Victoria on the western edge of the Blue Mountains. It is about 120 kms from Hornsby and usually takes 1.5 to 2 hours to reach by car.
- Access the M4 Western Motorway whichever way suits.
- Follow west past Penrith onto the Great Western Highway to Katoomba.
- Continue west through Medlow Bath and Blackheath to Mount Victoria.
There is one set of traffic lights in Mt. Victoria. Go straight through the lights towards Lithgow but only about 200 metres and turn right into Selsdon Street.
(If you come to a Caltex Star Mart on your right you have gone too far.)
The Grange is at the bottom of Selsdon Street.
- Go to Windsor and continue west onto the Bells Line of Road.
- Travel past Bilpin and Mt. Tomah to Bell.
- Turn left at Bell onto the Darling Causeway to Mt. Victoria.
- At the traffic lights turn right and proceed as above.