Historic Conara property Vaucluse to transform into visitor accommodation

NEW PLAN: The property was built in 1830 and features several lounges, an eight-car garage, an eight-box brick stable and a coach house. It was sold to a subsidiary of private American food conglomerate Cargill.
NEW PLAN: The property was built in 1830 and features several lounges, an eight-car garage, an eight-box brick stable and a coach house. It was sold to a subsidiary of private American food conglomerate Cargill.

The 2654-hectare Conara property Vaucluse was sold in 2015 for $20 million and is set to be transformed into visitor accommodation.

A development application submitted to the Northern Midland Council said the proponent hoped to attract local, interstate and international visitors to provide revenue for the ongoing upkeep of the residence.

“In addition, the property is listed on the state heritage register, and so conversion to visitor accommodation will offer visitors an insight into life on a relatively intact 19th century pioneering farmstead,” the application stated.

The site is used as a working farm and includes the principal eight-bedroom dwelling and associated outbuildings, which were traditionally occupied by the farm owner, as well as contemporary farm buildings and residences for employees.

“It is proposed to offer the principal dwelling and manager’s quarters as accommodation to visitors, who will have access to the immediate gardens and outbuildings including the pool, pool house, conservatory, blacksmith building and stables.”