Eden, New South Wales, Australia
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Approximately 4 Hours
Today, you'll visit Kameruka Estate, one of the first European settlements in the Bega Valley dating back to 1834. Its founders, the Tooth family of brewing fame, set out to develop a community from the ground up, covering tens of thousands of acres.
Many of the first European settlers in the valley came specifically to work on the Kameruka Estate and since the 1850s, dozens of families have lived and worked there. The massive agricultural estate had been built as a community with its own small village, supporting the many share farming families who worked the estate's extensive dairying, grazing and cropping enterprises.
Today Kameruka is a working sheep and cattle station, among other things. You'll see the farm's resident sheep dog round up a group of the property's sheep before watching a sheep shearing demonstration in the original shearing shed.
Visit the Holy Trinity Church, established in 1869 to support the Estate's community. From here you can see the cemetery across the paddock and the war memorial dedicated to the local people who died in the World Wars. You will also see Doolin's Stone, built in 1908, it was the first monument in NSW to commemorate an Aboriginal person. Tom Doolin was Kameruka's Huntsman and Master of the Hounds and was instrumental in the property's success in its early years.
Enjoy a morning tea and a chat with the estate owner and historian, Barry Moffitt, to talk about the property's interesting past before your return to the pier.