Our chefs visit Hunters Hill on the Parramatta River, to dine at the well known Banjo Patterson Cottage Restaurant. Classified by the National Trust, "Rockend" is where A.B.'Banjo' Paterson, the Australian poet and bard lived as a young man with his grandmother. This convict-hewn, sandstone block cottage, with its courtyard well, dates back to the 1830's when it started out as an oil refinery and store for river freight. Banjo Patterson who appears on the Australian $10 note, was a well known Australian bush poet and wrote famous poems such as The Man from Snowy River, Waltzing Matilda and Clancy of the Overflow. Now, as a fine dining restaurant, the native garden and appealing surrounds make it a popular lunchtime and evening dining destination. There are good views over the river from the up-stairs dining room and after your meal there's an easy walk along the riverbank as a digestive or to catch the ferry or water-taxi home.moreless
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