Step through the doors of Carrick Hill and take a journey back to another era. Carrick Hill, a stunning period home, is one of a few in Australia that has managed to stand the test of time. Today it still has its original contents, almost entirely intact, and its magnificent grounds remain as they were. A visit to Carrick Hill provides a glimpse into the life of a prominent family living in Adelaide throughout the 20th century.
Located in the suburb of Springfield at the foot of the Adelaide Hills, Carrick Hill is an easy drive from the airport in your Hertz Adelaide Airport Car Rental. It was built for Sir Edward Hayward and his wife Lady Ursula, a young couple both from prominent families. A wedding gift from Lady Ursula’s father, it was built in the style of an English manor on 40 hectares of land and was completed in 1939.
It is said that after their wedding, Lady Ursula and Sir Edward spent a year-long honeymoon traveling across Europe where they bought many furnishings, such as the Waterloo staircase and oak wall paneling, for their new home. Construction commenced following their return and during construction, the gardens were designed by Lady Ursula.
When Sir Edward died in 1983, Carrick Hill was bequeathed to the state of South Australia.
Today the house is open for public viewing throughout the year except for the month of July when maintenance takes place.
In addition to the stunning Georgian and Victorian furnishings, you can also view the impressive art collection of Sir Edward and Lady Ursula. This collection, said to span 500 years, includes paintings, antiques, furniture, sculptures and drawings. Some of these works of art were created by Lady Ursula herself. Other works of art originate from renowned artists including Sir William Dobell, Sir Russel Drysdale and Nora Heyson, all close friends of the couple.
The surrounding grounds are also worth a visit. The gardens are modeled on an English park with trees, orchards and cutting beds. Beyond the gardens are expansive paddocks and beyond the paddocks are hills and bushlands of Brown Hill.
A relatively recent, and very popular, addition to the grounds of Carrick Hill is a Children’s Storybook Trail. The trail features landscaped scenes from classic children’s stories that you can explore with your children. Printed guides are available to help you make the most of this experience.
There is also a gift shop and a café on site and guided tours are available.
You can visit the gardens for free but if you want to see inside the house, admission charges will apply.
The entry price for adults is $10.50. Concession rates and family discounts are available. Guided tours operate at 11.30am and 2.30pm and are included in the admission price.
The house is open for viewing from 10am to 4.30pm Wednesdays to Sundays. It’s also open on public holidays except for Christmas Day and Good Friday. The house is closed for maintenance during July
If you don’t want to take your car hire, a bus is available from the city.
Otherwise, enjoy the scenic drive in the rental car you picked up from Hertz Adelaide Airport Car Hire and park your car in the free parking available at Carrick Hill.