Wickliffe - Historic Wickliffe homestead Narrapumelap will be open to the public this weekend.
The French gothic inspired homestead has impressed visitors since it was first built in the 1870s and has continued to impress all who explore the homestead, its gardens and marvel at the bronzed lions which guard the entrance.
Narrapumelap was built in 1873, commissioned by owner John Dickson Wyselaskie, who immigrated to Australia in 1837.
Wyselaskie was a successful pastoralist and a philanthropist with his own intriguing life story.
Wyselaskie moved to the Hopkins River and laid claim to 40,120 acres at the strategic crossing place on the road from Portland to Melbourne, taking up occupation by February 1841.
Wyselaskie named his run Narrapumelap after the Aboriginal name given to the chain of brackish waterholes on the Hopkins River.
Narrapumelap will be open tomorrow and Sunday from 10.30am to 5.30pm. A light lunch will be available and entry is $10.
Phone 5350 3220 for further information or go to www.narrapumelap.com.au