We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Ellensbrook Road, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 8 9755 5173
See all hours
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

In 1857 Ellen and Alfred Bussell chose the site of their new home....

In 1857 Ellen and Alfred Bussell chose the site of their new home. Sheltered from the winter storms, the site had access to fresh water and was surrounded by fertile soil.

Over the decades the house was built in stages by ticket-of-leave convicts, deserting seamen and local Noongars. The Ellensbrook venture was successful, with income derived from the sale of beef, butter and cheese. Much of the success was due to the practical skills, energy and sound management of Ellen. Alfred and Ellen left Ellensbrook in 1865.

Between 1871 and 1877 Ellensbrook was managed, and the homestead extended, by the eldest of their five daughters, Fanny. Later, the second daughter Edith made Ellensbrook her permanent home. In 1899 she established the Ellensbrook Farm Home for Aboriginal Children. The Home continued for 17 years during which time Edith continued the tradition of extending the main building.

The Noongar name for the locality is Mokidup, and it was a traditional summer camping spot for thousands of years.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 54 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 22
  • 23
    Very good
  • 8
  • 1
  • 0
A quiet stop

Like others have said, buildings aren't open Monday through Wednesday. But one can walk around. We saw Magpies and crows whose caw was different then those we have in North... read more

Reviewed 23 January 2017
Add Photo Write a Review

54 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 54: English reviews
Launceston, Australia
Level Contributor
62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

The Margaret River dairy industry was established at this site in the 1880's. Loads of local interest.

Thank madfish2016
Watford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
164 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Worth a visit and a walk round to the "waterfall" close by. Friendly warden collecting the small entrance fee. House isn't furnished so you have to use your imagination. High level timeline and some other bits of information dotted about.

Thank Geraldine L
Level Contributor
689 reviews
269 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Like others have said, buildings aren't open Monday through Wednesday. But one can walk around. We saw Magpies and crows whose caw was different then those we have in North America. A short hike takes you to Meekadarabee Falls.

1 Thank DEEvaluator
Level Contributor
64 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

A great spot to see a little bit of history. We did the short walk to the nearby falls and really enjoyed it. The track to the falls is nicely done (paved and board walk) and took about 20 mins or so. The falls weren't flowing whilst we were there in early January 2017 but still a nice place to... More 

Thank happytravellermaz
Level Contributor
77 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

We visited to find it is only open for very short periods of time. We enjoyed looking in the windows of the homestead and the surrounds. We went to the 2 waterfalls along a well made path. The history behind EllensBrook is inspiring.

Thank thimbella
Victoria, Australia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Really special place. Historic first settlers Home. National Trust Listed . Worth a walk to the Waterfall nearby.

1 Thank 562barbara
Margaret River, Australia
Level Contributor
307 reviews
178 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Miraculously saved during the 2011 bushfire (in which we lost the much grander Wallcliffe House), Ellensbrook House is a wonderful reminder of how the early English settlers made shelter for themselves. Nearby Meekadarabee falls are a significant site for local Aborigines with the legend of two dead lovers who live in the cave beneath the falls. Don't expect a wow... More 

Thank west0z
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
76 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

This place is a nice change from visiting wineries, the caves, the beaches etc. it is somewhat off the tourist trail but if you are the type who want to know a little of the Margaret River history, it is worth coming here. The homestead of the first settlers here is just a small building but wondering in the few... More 

Thank Leesah65
Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
126 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

We visited on a sunny but cold winter morning. Although the house was closed we were able to peer inside and wander around the grounds. Fantastic location, lovely view, lots of water in the stream and pouring over the weir. Definitely worth investigating the river, then do go down to the end of the road and look out over the... More 

Thank HBHRobina
South Devon, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
123 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Afternoon trip here. .....to see part of the history of emmigration to Australia.The property was closed when we arrived but we viewed the house and garden with the added bonus of sunshine for a picnic .Spotted a kookaburra and a kangaroo close to which for us is exciting. A trail walk to the waterfall made this a special visit.

Thank S O

Travellers who viewed Ellensbrook also viewed

Margaret River, Margaret River Region
Margaret River, Margaret River Region
Margaret River, Margaret River Region
Margaret River, Margaret River Region

Been to Ellensbrook? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Ellensbrook staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?