Fagan Park is set on 55 hectares of undulating, rich grazing land, Fagan Park was once home to the Fagan family’s successful citrus orchard empire.
William Fagan was a free settler from Londonderry, Ireland who came to Sydney in 1848 and settled on the 70-acre property with his wife and seven children.
The family worked hard to establish their orchards and became pioneers in the industry at Dural, Galston and Arcadia, with two of the sons – William and Samuel – going on to be partners in business.
In 1980 Bruce Fagan and his sister Ida, donated the property to the Department of Lands with Hornsby Shire Council appointed as sole trustee for the park.
The park was adopted as Council’s bicentennial project and planned the “Garden of all Nations” at Fagan
Park. The garden covers a 10 hectare site in Arcadia Road and is part of the larger 55 hectare Fagan Park. The garden features the flora of gardens from a ll over the world including North and South America, England, Netherlands, Africa, Asia and the Mediterranean.
The original homestead ‘Netherby’, the original packing shed and milking complex were all restored in time for the bicentennial year and is being used as a rural museum. Fagan Park also includes picnic and barbecue facilities, playgrounds and bush walking trails.
A great place for a picnic with well maintained facilities. There was plenty of parking available but a 5 dollar parking fee did apply. The different cultural themes make an interesting stroll around the park and some great photo opportunities. There was a little makeshift coffee shop in operation near “Netherby” Homestead but I didn’t get a chance to try the coffee.