Built in the early 1860s and remodelled in 1938, Mooramong Estate elegantly echoes the lifestyle of Donald ‘Scobie’ Mackinnon and his Hollywood star wife Claire Adams.

Mooramong was a 21st birthday present for Donald ‘Scobie’ Mackinnon, heir to a legal and horseracing fortune, while Claire was a successful silent movie star, whose most famous leading man was German Shepherd Rin Tin Tin. As an accomplished horsewoman she starred in many Westerns, performing her own riding stunts.

The couple transformed the homestead into a fashionable Hollywood style retreat, with pool, cabana, games room and bar. Both were animal lovers, and Claire was devoted to her dogs and horses. Their legacy as advocates for nature and animals continues to this day through the wildlife reserve and MacKinnon Trust.

The property is on a working farm of 4,000 acres running sheep and producing crops. The estate also incorporates the Mackinnon Nature Reserve home to kangaroos, swamp wallabies and numerous birds including brolgas. Many birds of prey, including wedge tailed eagles, can also be seen here.

Mooramong is presently closed while work is undertaken on its significant collection, although the estate is available for accommodation bookings, with the National Trust offering three secluded Tiny Homes in partnership with Into the Wild Escapes.

Content: National Trust (Victoria)

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2851 Carngham-Streatham Road, Carranballac VIC 3361

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