Roughley House 'The Pines' and Visitor Interpretation Centre

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The Sydney Hills Visitor Interpretation Centre is located at ‘The Pines’ Roughley House in Dural. The site provides both visitor services and historical interpretation of the Great North Road and Roughley House. The Centre is a must see attraction in its own right.

The Sydney Hills is the perfect location for a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of big city life. Located only 45 minutes from Sydney’s CBD here you can feel like you’re a million miles away. The region is rich in history and natural beauty, blessed with everything from stunning parks and gardens to unique local food and wine venues. Spend time visiting some of the local nurseries many of which have their own Café or spend time following the Farm Gate Trail where you can purchase fresh produce straight from the farm gate.

To make the most of your visit be sure to call the Centre and discover all there is to do in the Hills, Hawkesbury & Riverlands Region.

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Location: 656a Old Northern Road, Dural.

Entry Hours: Opening and closing hours are subject to Sydney Hills volunteers availability. To confirm availability for your date of interest, please fill in our group booking form below.


Group Bookings

If you would like to book in a group tour please fill out the below form. Tours are free for all visitors.

Roughley House tour bookings are not confirmed until Council staff confirm in writing with the organiser.

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History of Roughley House

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Built in 1856 this home was the residence of the Roughley family and is an icon of the Dural district. The Roughley family story in Australia began in 1817 when Joseph Roughley and his son James were convicted of theft and given a seven year sentence of transportation to Australia. James Roughley acquired the original 50 acres of land ‘The Pines’ sits on by way of Deed transfer in 1830.

The final family resident, Gordon 'Clive' Roughley, was born in the front room of the house in 1914. He passed away in February 2002 aged 87 years. Prior to his death Clive sold the property to The Hills Shire Council for $1 so that it would be maintained as a living history of colonial life in the Hills and remain accessible to the public.

Clive's oral history is available from The Hills Shire Libraries and is a fascinating recollection of family life through the 20th century.

Tours of the home are run by volunteers during 'Jazz at the Pines' events. Hear the real colonial history of The Pines on one of these free tours throughout the afternoon. Group bookings at other times are welcomed by prior arrangement.

Please note: This is a museum and is not a venue available for hire.

How do I get there?

The Pines is located at 656 Old Northern Road, Dural just up from the Dural Country Club.

If you are travelling from the south via Pennant Hills/New Line Road or Round Corner Dural/Old Northern Road, follow the signs towards Wisemans Ferry. You will pass Hargraves Nursery and the Old Northern Gallery situated in the small town of Dural. Continue driving north along Old Northern Road and approximately 200 meters past the turn off to Galston/Swanes Nursery you will see a large brown sign on your left saying 'Tourist Information'.

If you are coming from the north via Wisemans Ferry/Central Coast, you will find us just 3 properties past the well sign-posted Dural Country Club.



656A Old Northern Road, Dural 2158  View Map

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