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Visit Planning

Find detailed information and downloads below each section to assist you to plan your education visit.

Tours and Talks

The wider experience of the art world for students is valued, including first hand experience of Boyd’s life and arts practice
- Secondary teacher

Tours at Bundanon give an overview of the arts practice and life of Arthur Boyd and the Boyd family. Visitors are introduced to the history of the property and visit the Homestead, which houses four generations of Boyd family artworks and explore Arthur Boyd’s studio.

Upstairs Gallery Exhibition

Exhibitions drawn from the Collection rotate every few months. From February until September 2016 Footprints will be on show in the Upstairs Gallery, focusing on the 150 years of Bundanon Homestead.

Study Centre

Year 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to view works from the Collection at the Study Centre, when available. This gives them an insight into collection management, works in different media and care of artworks.

Artist in Residence Visit

Open Studio sessions enable students to visit the studio of an artist in residence. Our resident artists may include visual artists, photographers, sculptors and new media artists as well as writers, musicians, choreographers and performing arts practitioners. Students are able to gain insights into contemporary arts practice during a short presentation by an artist. This visit is subject to availability.

Visual Arts Day Visit

Visual Arts Day Visit

Experience the story of Arthur Boyd and his family through a tour of Bundanon Homestead and Arthur Boyd’s studio. Create an artwork in a workshop to extend skills in different media. Meet a resident artist and learn about their art making practice. Most day visits take place at the Bundanon property. Download the relevant program outline to find out more about day visits.

Residential Visit

The educational enrichment in artmaking practice is valuable, and the program caters for all students

Residential programs begin at the Bundanon property and continue to the Riversdale property, where you will stay in the award winning Boyd Education Centre overlooking the Shoalhaven River. The fully inclusive residential program package includes accommodation, catering and the education options outlined below:

  • Tour of the Bundanon Homestead & Arthur Boyd’s Studio at the Bundanon property
  • One workshop at the Bundanon property on the first day
  • Open studio with Artist in Residence if available
  • Upstairs Gallery visit
  • Study Centre visit for Years 11 &12 if available
  • One three hour workshop per night stay

Please read the document Residential Program Outline and Terms and Conditions before booking.

To assist the education team to plan the agenda for your residential visit, please submit a completed version of the Residential Information Form. This must be sent at least one month before the start of your visit.


Accommodation is at Riversdale in the award winning, National Heritage-listed Boyd Education Centre, designed by architect Glenn Murcutt in association with Wendy Lewin and Reg Lark. The minimum number for payment is a group of 24. Groups of up to 32 can be accommodated in the Boyd Education Centre, with an additional 6 in a nearby cottage. Schools wishing to arrange separate accommodation for their staff should consult the room layout diagram before determining total group numbers.The accommodation comprises 8 rooms with four single beds which can be divided into 16 twin rooms. Bathroom facilities are shared. A fitted sheet, pillow with pillow case and doona are provided. Visitors must bring their own top sheet or sleeping bag and towel.

With prior warning of at least 6 months, additional numbers up to 42 may be housed in tents.


To make a booking for an education program at Bundanon Trust please first contact Education Manager Mary Preece here. Once a date has been found a hold booking on dates is made to allow the organiser to check dates with their administration. After this a cost estimate is prepared and sent to the organiser. A deposit invoice is then issued which must be paid within a time frame to secure a confirmed booking. Please read the full Terms and Conditions document fully before you make a booking.


Food options

Lunch on the first day is BYO and must be brought to Bundanon. Catering normally includes breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner with fresh fruit available. Breakfast is self-serve. Housekeepers prepare and serve lunches and an external caterer attends each evening to prepare the meal. We do not provide cordial or milo, but you are welcome to bring them. For students or staff with food allergies and sensitivities, Bundanon Trust requires that these specific needs are notified one week prior to the visit. Those with severe allergies requiring an epipen must bring their own and must check all foods before consuming them. Groups are required to wash their dishes after meals.

Schools have set menus with additonal special dietary needs options as follows:

  • Summer menu October through March
  • Winter menu April through September
  • Years 4 to 10 menu
  • Years 10 through Adult menu
  • Special dietary needs menu

Please download the menu options you require below


To assist teachers with visit planning and legal excursion requirements Bundanon Trust has a detailed and comprehensive Schools Risk Management Policy. This policy complies with the NSW Department of Education and Training guidelines. For school visits, the Risk Management Policy needs to be read by the designated organiser. Schools also need to complete a guest registration form of those attending which is sent to Bundanon prior to the visit, which becomes the group list for Emergency Management on site.

What to bring

Bundanon's education programs are conducted in all weathers. Clothing worn and packed should be suitable for the season and nature of the activities. Students need to bring a pair of sensible, covered toe shoes suitable for bush walking to participate in workshops and walks. Thongs are not to be worn at any time. Hats and water bottles are essential.

Getting here

There are two separate properties which are used for our Education programs.

Bundanon is the location of the Homestead, Arthur Boyd’s studio, the Artist-in-Residence complex and the Study Centre. To find Bundanon go to this link 533 Bundanon Road, Illaroo.

Riversdale is the location of the Boyd Education Centre and accommodation. The Riversdale property is located at 170 Riversdale Road Illaroo. Please go to this link Bundanon Trust


Both Bundanon and Riversdale properties are accessible by large coaches.Groups visiting must organise their own transport. There is no public transport which accesses the Bundanon Trust. Please remember to book your bus for the transfer from Bundanon to Riversdale. The nearest train station is Bomaderry, approximately 30km from Bundanon. Due to the distance between our two properties, logistics for travel need to be worked out carefully with your transport company.

Group residential visits usually begin at the Bundanon property. Transfer from the Bundanon property to the Riversdale property is a 20-25 minute drive. The school must organise this with their transport provider. The coach needs to remain at the Bundanon property on the first day and then transfer students at the end of their program for Day 1.

Stuarts Coaches

are a local bus company who are very familiar with both the Riversdale and Bundanon properties. They will pick up and return school groups from Sydney and regional areas. They will also do transfers from Bundanon to Riversdale and pick ups from Bomaderry Station. Should you choose to use their services, please contact them directly on:T 02 4421 0332 E


Staff Ratio

Please note that the preferred adult/student ratio for residential programs is one adult for every 10 students. Teachers must pay in full for residential visits.

Arrival & Departure

Arrival at the Bundanon property is between 10am and 1pm.The departure from the Bundanon property is by 4.00pm. Transfers to Riversdale upon completion of the Bundanon Day 1 program by 4.00pm. In some circumstances a group may need to arrive at Riversdale. On the final day, groups must vacate rooms by 9.00am and leave the property by 1.00pm. Variations may be negotiated with sufficient notification.


Our Education programs are conducted by our qualified and experienced Education Officers. On arrival an Education staff member will conduct a site induction with your group and explain the emergency procedures of the organisation. Bundanon Staff members are on site from approximately 8.30am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Bundanon Trust staff members do not live on site and do not stay overnight.


Bundanon supplies all materials for workshops conducted within the education program. The school must bring any materials required for their own purposes and programs. We encourage students to bring cameras and visual diaries with them. A large monitor with DVD player and HDMI cable, speakers and screen are available for use in the Boyd Education Centre. These must be booked prior to your arrival. There is no TV. Wireless internet is available for staff at Riversdale with restricted download capacity. Please ask Bundanon staff for the code.


For all enquiries contact Education Manager Mary Preece via email