Cross Park

When I first spoke to Jo and John, I didn’t expect their farm to be anything as beautiful as Cross Park..

I was originally commissioned to paint the Chicken - but that quickly turned into converting the guesthouse water tank into a ‘Bee Hive’ and painting the other 2 tanks with Cockatoo’s.

As Jo and John are incredibly generous, they were adamant that I take it easy and enjoy my time whilst on the farm - which I did. As I had the house to myself, surrounded by dogs, horses, cows, sheep, chickens & llama’s, access to the buggies, kayaks, fishing rods and had local produce dropped off by Jo and John every couple of days …why would I want to leave? I ended up staying for 3 weeks.

It wasn’t all happy days tho as on my last morning, I dropped my phone to the bottom of the Hawkesberry river whilst kayaking so I sadly lost most of the content taken ..but here’s a look!
Big love and special thanks once again to Jo & John for everything.

More about Cross Park

“Cross Park is a boutique 150-acre farm on the banks of the tranquil MacDonald River in the Hawkesbury. Just over an hour from Sydney and only 5 minutes from Wisemans Ferry.

Originally built in the 1830s by the first convicts to the Hawkesbury Valley, The shining star of Cross Park is the beautifully restored 1800s sandstone farmhouse. 

Set in designer landscaped gardens with a 12-metre private heated pool and stunning views across the grounds and uniquely, the property enjoys approximately 3km of river-frontage, private sandy beach, boat launch ramp and pontoon on the river”

“The house and facilities are all positioned on the hillside providing panoramic views over the paddocks and surrounding natural bush escarpments. Uniquely, the property also benefits and enjoys approximately 3km of river-frontage, private sandy beach, boat launch ramp and pontoon on the river”

Cross Park is named after David Cross, who was given the land in the 1830s by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. The son of a convict who arrived on the First Fleet in 1788 for stealing sheep, Mr Cross opened an accommodation business at the residence in 1838 called “Queen Victoria Inn”. He operated the business until he sold the property in 1845 to his son Johnny for just 150 pounds.”