Tour Description

The Cedars

Home of artist Hans Heysen

Thursday 15th or Friday 16th February 2024

McLaren Vale pick-up Thursday 15th February only

Cost: $129

The Cedars was the family home of one of Australia’s most noted landscape artists, Sir Hans Heysen. 

In August 1912, Hans Heysen purchased the property which had been built as a colonial style villa in the 1870s. The Heysens renovated and updated their home in 1919 and the early 1920s, but since then, it has changed very little. The rooms are filled with the furniture, textiles, objects and personal items belonging to the Heysen family. We have the privilege of visiting this beautiful property and enjoying a guided tour around the house and studios. Our visit includes both Hans Heysen’s studio (Australia’s oldest artist studio) and Nora Heysen’s studio, as well as the Heysen family home. Some 200 original works of art can be enjoyed in changing displays around the property. We are also welcome to spend some time in the charming garden.

Please note, the walk to the Hans Heysen studio may not suit everyone, it is a bit of a distance. You are welcome to relax in the garden during this part of the tour if you prefer. During the afternoon we enjoy a two course lunch at Woodside before a scenic drive through the hills.

We expect to start set-downs in Goolwa at approximately 4.15pm, finishing in Encounter Bay around 5:00pm. (McLaren Vale set down will be approximately 5.45pm.)

Pick-up locations and times for February:

  • 8.50am – Seachange Village, Gardiner Street Goolwa
  • 8.52am – Goolwa Ampol, Cadell Street Goolwa
  • 8.55am – Goolwa Stratco, Hutchinson Street Goolwa
  • 9.00am– Thornbury Park, Willmett Road Goolwa Beach
  • 9.10am – Bus stop 12, Middleton
  • 9.20am – Elliot Gardens, Montpelier Terrace Port Elliot
  • 9.25am – Bus stop 7, Hayborough
  • 9.30am – Bus stop 1, Stuart Street, Victor Harbor
  • 9.35am – Bus stop 4, Rosetta Village, Maude Street Encounter Bay
  • 10.20am – McLaren Vale Lodge, McLaren Vale (Thursday 15 February only)