In 1857 Ellen and Alfred Bussell chose the site of their new home. Sheltered from the winter storms, the site had access to fresh water and was surrounded by fertile soil. Ellensbrook House still exists on the site and is a National Trust listed building.
Over the decades the house was built in stages by ticket-of-leave convicts, deserting seamen and local Noongars. The Ellensbrook venture was successful, with income derived from the sale of beef, butter and cheese. Much of the success was due to the practical skills, energy and sound management of Ellen. Alfred and Ellen left Ellensbrook in 1865.
A small entry fees ($2 to $4) allows you access to the house. From the house a pretty walk trail takes you to Meekadarbee Cave and Falls. It’s about a 40 minute round trip walk.