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Managed by, and the home of the Blue Mountains Historical Society Inc and Hobby’s Reach Research Centre, This cottage was built by John McLaughlin, Sydney solicitor and Member of the Legislative Assembly, in 1890 as a holiday cottage for his family of four children to escape the heat of Sydney summers.

His daughter Beryl McLaughlin was the benefactor of the Society, leaving Tarella and the land to the Society on her death in 1988 just two months short of her 100th birthday. The cottage contains an eclectic collection of memorabilia of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

OPEN on the last Sunday of each month from 10am. to 4pm.

OPEN 4 Saturdays per year participating in the new “Blue Mountains Heritage Trail” – being January 2nd, April 2nd, July 2nd, October 1st. Website

OPEN for tours by groups by special arrangement, week days & week end days. Please contact BMHS to book. (02) 4757 3820 Entry cost: $5 Adults.

Groups are always welcome throughout the year by prior arrangement and refreshments can be provided. Please contact the Society. E-Mail


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Tarella Cottage

Photos Courtesy Scott Westlake Photography

Distance & direction from Sydney: 97 W NW

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 Tel: (02) 4757 3824


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