Incorporating a formal garden and historic house, Brighton’s Billilla Historic Mansion is undoubtedly one of Bayside’s most iconic buildings.
The mansion was built by merchant Robert Wright in 1878 on land which had originally been owned by Nicholas Were. With exquisite formal gardens, which retain much of their original 19th century layout, the property was owned by the Weatherly family (whom named it Billilla) from 1888 to 1972 before being purchased by Brighton City Council and retained as a historically significant building and site.
Having been in private commercial use for the past 15 years, the council is now working to bring the historic property back to community use. Open for public consultation, this will be a rare opportunity to see inside this beautiful estate.
Visitors are invited to explore the gardens and take a tour inside the house, open to the public for the first time in 15 years.
Images: (1–2) Billilla from Bayside City Council Collection.
Time & Date
Tours run on the half hour from 12pm. Last tour starts 4.30pm
Running for approx. 20 minutes in groups of 10 people.
Bookings not required. Tour group capacity is limited and operates on a first come, first in basis.
Groups of 10 will be admitted to the house every half an hour. Visitors to line up at the front of the house for entry.
26 Halifax St, Brighton 3186