Noorilim Estate is located near Murchison in Central Victoria.
The mansion was built in 1879 for William Irving Winter, later William Irving Winter-Irving, a wealthy pastoralist and member of the Victorian Legislative Council for the Northern Province (1884-1901).
The architect, James Gall, built a home that now holds a central position over the alluvial flats of the lower Goulburn River and its associated vineyards. Noorilim is one of the finest examples of Italianate architecture in Australia.
The estate is surrounded by 22 acres of picturesque botanical gardens, an ornamental lake and 75 acres of vineyards that are home to over 150 species of native birds and mammals including Laughing Kookaburras, Cockatoos, Parrots, Koalas and Kangaroos.
Noorilim Estate and the surrounding Goulburn River Valley Region have a rich history that includes Aboriginal habitation, squatters, land barons, agriculture, war, commerce and politics. ‘Noorilim' is named after the local Ngooraialum Aboriginal tribe and supposedly translates to 'many lagoons', as the area was a natural flood plain of the lower Goulburn River prior to the construction of the Goulburn Weir completed in 1891. The Goulburn Weir was the first major diversion structure built for irrigation development in Australia.
The original Noorilim Run was 44,000 acres of leased land reduced to about 20,000 acres by the time the property was bought and the mansion commissioned by William Irving Winter in 1879. The estate, including the mansion, has had 10 owners over its long history and has been used as a sheep and cattle station, thoroughbred horse stud, private residence and more recently as a vineyard. The property was purchased by the Menzies family in 1998 and improved with a combined 65 acres of Merlot, Cabernet, Shiraz, Viogner and Chardonnay.
The Italianate mansion was constructed in the Victorian Italianate style with attendant tower, a dominant external feature, similar to other impressive buildings of the period including the Victorian Houses of Parliament and Werribee Park. It is perhaps the finest work of architect, James Gall, who also constructed Mintaro at Monegeeta and the Camberwell Town Hall in Melbourne.
Noorilim was one of many grand homesteads built by the Winter family who once held a quarter of a million acres of pastoral land at the peak of their operations. The others include Dhurrengile, a 68-room mansion north of Murchison built in 1877 by William’s older brother James, Corop, Caragarac, Toolamba, Colbinabbin, and Stanhope.
Noorilim is classified by the National Trust, is on the National Estates Register, and is one of the top 90 Historic Gardens recognised by the Victorian Government. It is one of the grandest homesteads ever erected in Victoria and reflects the affluence of 19th century pastoralists and their role in building the Australian economy and nation.
~ Guided Tours ~
Visitors to Noorilim will be mesmerised by its tranquil surrounds and stately architecture where time stands still.
The exquisite gardens of Noorilim Estate are impeccably maintained and provide the perfect setting for weddings, photography, and functions.
Guided tours of the mansion and gardens are soon to be available all year round. Please visit their website for more information.
Noorilim Estate is located near Murchison in Central Victoria less than 2 hours drive north of Melbourne.