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Historic Byramine Homestead, was built in 1842 by famous explorer Hamilton Hume for his sister-in-law Elizabeth and her nine children after her husband ]ohn Hume was killed by bushrangers. The homestead was designed by an English architect for use in India and built on a beautiful site by a lagoon on low sand hills, forested in Pine.


The most unique aspect of the house is the octagonally shaped central room called the fortress, which was designed to provide a clear view of all angles in case of attack from bushrangers or aboriginals.


Pine from the river forest was used for woodwork including the ceilings, beams, floors, shutters and shingles. Elizabeth named her home ‘Byramine’, meaning ’rustic retreat'.


A beautiful garden was established. The Elm trees, brought from Elizabeth’s home at Gunning, remain today the oldest Elm trees in Victoria.


Today ’Byramine Homestead’ is open to the public as an enchanting memorial to those hard pioneer days of so long ago.  While visiting Byramine Homestead you can enjoy a sumptuous Devonshire Tea, Ploughman’s Lunch, or something off the specialities board. You can even enjoy a traditional English High Tea, just as Elizabeth would have over 150 years ago.


Throughout the year the Byramine Homestead is a delightful place to visit.  Over the summer enjoy a glass of wine and a cheese plate on the veranda or under the giant elms.  In autumn share a High Tea with friends in the Octagonal Dining room.  During the cold winter months a hearty bowl of homemade soup and a bottle of Shiraz by the open fire is the perfect way to spend a chilly afternoon.  Spring is the most popular time of the year to visit the homestead as the garden bursts into colour.


Enjoy an afternoon listening to the history and tales the Byramine Homestead has to share.  In 1842 when Elizabeth Hume ran the Yarrawonga Run, she grazed sheep and beef, then for many years the farm was a sheep and wheat farm, today the Byramine Homestead is surrounded by one of the largest vegetable farms in Australia. The farm has been producing food for our nation for 170 years. 


Bryamine Homestead now has its own Vineyard and Brewery and its local beer, wines and vegetables are available to purchase from the Brewery Hall, including the Byramine Shiraz grown in honour of our farming ancestors and the Byramine Homestead Pinot Grigio, grown in honour of Elizabeth Hume.



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