The Story!

Carrick Hill is fortunate to be one of the few period homes in Australia to survive with its original contents almost completely intact and its grounds undiminished.

It was a centre of stylish living and friends hold fond memories of a house constantly filled with laughter, parties, artists, good wine, fine food, music and dancing.  Carrick Hill always had an intoxicating atmosphere heady with the scent of masses of flowers from the garden.

While those days are gone, Carrick Hill remains as an important example of the lifestyle of two wealthy and cultured Australians of the mid-twentieth century.  Set on a hillside overlooking Adelaide it remains a romantic and dramatic place evoking the memories of its creators.

So please take the time to browse the site and discover what makes Carrick Hill so special to South Australians. You can read the history of how it was created, see gorgeous pictures of its gardens and even enjoy paintings that hang in the house and galleries.

Social History

The beautiful Carrick Hill estate was the result of a marriage, in 1935, of members of two of Adelaide's most prominent families. Edward (Bill) Hayward was a son of the wealthy merchant family that for more than 100 years owned John Martin's Ltd, once Adelaide's greatest department store.



The fine and decorative arts collections of Carrick Hill are eclectic in nature, largely because of the manner in which they came together.



Education Resources


The Carrick Hill Development Foundation

The Foundation was formed by friends and supporters to gather financial support in order to secure the future development of this precious public property.


Friends of Carrick Hill

The Friends of Carrick Hill Inc. was established in 1989 with the object of “promoting activities and schemes to support and stimulate interest in Carrick Hill for the maintenance of the property and its development.



Although the State Government provides financial assistant to ensure the property continues to be a dynamic place to be enjoyed by the public, much of the work done to maintain it is carried out by 100 volunteers.


Donate to Carrick Hill

As a registered charity, all donations over $2 are tax deductible. All contributions go towards the care of Carrick Hill.


Carrick Hill Governance

Carrick Hill Trust Act 1985 and Annual Report.


Sponsors, Partners and Supporters

Engaging with and supporting the community in which we operate is an import part of Carrick Hill life.