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Olivewood Historic Homestead & Museum

Attractions Renmark


08 8586 6175


Hours: Thursday to Monday - 10am to 4pm, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment

Historic Olivewood Estate Homestead was the original home of Canadian Charles Chaffey, who with his brothers, George and William, established the Renmark and Mildura Irrigation colonies.


This State Heritage listed home was built from Murray pine logs using the drop slot system in 1889 and is set in spacious grounds with a spectacular palm lined drive. The homestead displays items of the period in their traditional settings.

In the newer Charles Chaffey Centre, there are displays of working printing machines, photographic equipment, a 1926 Garford fire engine and much more. Throughout the complex, there are photographs, river charts and the Chaffey Red Book – used to attract investors to the new settlements.

A replica of the olive crusher can be seen beside the original olive oil processing building, now housing varied historical items. The packing shed c1890 contains a collection of equipment which was used in the past fruit industry.

Tractors and other implements, some restored, are displayed throughout the complex. There is an orange orchard, and an operating olive grove with approximately 90 trees that were planted in 1890.

The Argo Barge, one of the largest barges to operate on the Murray River is on display at the site. The Argo was used as a permanent floating pumping station and later in the construction of the locks, weirs and barrages in South Australia.   A commemorative display also recognises the passion and commitment of the volunteers that aided in the restoration and upkeep of the vessel during its time moored on the Renmark Riverfront.

Souvenirs and books are available for purchase. Tours, lunch, morning and afternoon teas by arrangement. Tea or coffee is available.

Olivewood is managed under the National Trust of South Australia and had a strong, loyal contingent of volunteers that oversee the daily operations and maintenance of the site.

Map & Directions

205 Twentyfirst Street, Renmark SA 5341, Australia