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$2 million upgrade for Hollywood homestead in Skipton


Visitors will be able to experience the charm of 1930s Hollywood with new accommodation to be built at the historic Mooramong homestead, thanks to support from the Victorian Government.

Funding from the Regional Tourism Investment Fund will go towards the restoration works and new accommodation, attracting more visitors to enjoy the property and local area.

Set on a 4000-acre working farm, Mooramong is managed by the National Trust of Australia (Vic).

It provides a unique tourism experience capturing the life and times of Australian millionaire Donald ‘Scobie’ MacKinnon and his Canadian-born movie star wife Claire Adams, who shot to fame during Hollywood’s silent screen era.

The project will restore three heritage three-bedroom cottages and two upmarket apartments within the former Single Gentlemen’s Quarters, providing an opportunity to stay overnight at the homestead as it was from the 1930s to 1960s.

It also includes new accommodation with 12 glamping tents and three sustainable and self-sufficient tiny houses. The new accommodation is expected to attract 14,500 new visitors to the region by mid-2025.

A new range of interpretation assets will also be constructed to provide visitors the opportunity to learn about the property’s history.

The Victorian Government’s Regional Tourism Investment Fund is helping entice more visitors to Victoria’s regions, driving private investment and accelerating the recovery of the tourism sector.