|The Cedars is one of those absolute must see and do’s whilst in South Australia, but it largely remains an undiscovered gem. The family home of Sir Hans Heysen, arguably the best South Australian landscape artist, visionary and environmentalist. The property consists of the home, Hans and Nora’s studios, gardens, shop and gallery and can be viewed on a guided tour, self guided tour or with free access to the shop and gallery.
Wilhelm Ernst Hans Franz Heysen was born in Hamburg, Germany. He migrated to Adelaide in South Australia with his family in 1884 at the age of 7. As a young boy Heysen showed an early interest in art. At 14 he left school to work with a hardware merchant, later studying art during nights at Art School in his spare time.
In 1912 Hans Heysen had earned enough from his art to purchase a property called "The Cedars" near Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, which remained as his home until his death in 1968 aged 90. Hans Heysen was remembered for his remarkable paintings.
The Heysen Trail which extends from Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges to Cape Jervois on the southern coast was named in honour of him, as was the Heysen Tunnels on the South Eastern Freeway.
His daughter Nora Heysen was also a successful portraiture artist, and her work can also be viewed at The Cedars.
Tours Garden, Studios and House
Take a guided tour of the house and historic working studio of Australian landscape artist Sir Hans Heysen.
The Cedars is a gracious old home still owned by the Heysen family. It houses a fine collection of paintings and drawings displaying Heysen's remarkable versatility in subject and medium.
See the Studio
Also on the grounds, see Heysen's working studio, built in 1912 and used by this iconic painter until his death in 1968. See his painting materials and tools, sketches, notes and more.
The historic garden
The rambling cottage garden is part of the South Australian Open Garden Scheme but is open for enjoyment daily. A walking trail is also featured on the 60 hectare property and directs visitors to favourite painting sites used by the artist.
The studio of Nora Heysen (Archibald prize winner and daughter of Hans) is also open for viewing and features continuous exhibitions of her work.
|Location & Contact details
Heysen Road (off Ambleside Road)
Phone (08) 8388 7277
Fax (08) 8388 1845
Monday: Closed except on Public Holidays
Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 4.30 pm
Public Holidays: 10 am to 4.30 pm
Closed Christmas Day
Guided tours: of the house and studio daily except Mondays.
(Open on Public Holidays)
September to May: 11am, 1pm and 3pm
June to August: 11am and 2pm .
Coach and mini bus tours available by arrangement.
Group $6.50 10 or more *
Under 14 years free