History

Located just 46 kilometres south-west of the Sydney CBD, Scenic NSW Equine Centre formally known as Scenic Hills Riding Ranch, sits on a property that originally formed part of a grant of 1,000 acres to Dr Robert Townson, a scientist and scholar in 1809. This estate was named Varro Ville which he developed into a farm and grew vineyard, raised cattle and sheep.

In 1827 after the death of Dr Townson, Varro Ville became the property of Thomas Wills the brother of Sarah Redfern wife of William Redfern (one of the “fathers” of the medical profession in Australia). In 1837 the farm was then sold to Charles Sturt (famous explorer).

Other owners of Varro Ville were James Raymond in 1839, who became NSW Postmaster-General and Alfred Cheeke, Supreme Court judge, racing enthusiast who developed a successful horse stud farm. By the 1890s dairy farming was the main rural industry and Varro Ville, often abbreviated to Varroville, became one of the region’s leading dairy farms run by the Smith Brothers until 1958.

After 1958, Varro Ville was subdivided and in 1972 the area between Raby and Denham Court was included in the Central Hills Scenic Protection Lands (The Scenic Hills). The name Varroville was officially adopted in 1976.Heritage listed Varroville House, on the present day Varroville, was purchased my Morris and Cherry Jackman and held by the National Trust. The Sweeny family, whom purchased part of the subdivided property, continued dairying until 1977 and operated Scenic Hills Riding Ranch.

Reopened in 2013 under new management, Scenic NSW Equine Centre continues as a provider of horse agistment.