My Favourite Bookshops – Blog Post 5 – Dromkeen Homestead


I’m extending my favourite bookshops a little to include favourite book places and although Dromkeen also sells books, it has always been so much more than that.

My first visit to Dromkeen Homestead was when I was studying to become a ‘real’ writer at Box Hill TAFE back in 1996. Sitting comfortably in the formal garden, including real peacocks, surrounded by open paddocks, the property and house itself are a joy to visit.

Over the years I’ve been part of CBCA events, Writing Festivals, Book Launches, Art Exhibitions and so many celebrations of children’s books, reading, writing and illustrating and their gifted creators. It’s a special place full of special memories.

History of Dromkeen

Built in 1889, Dromkeen was once the country estate of Judge Arthur Chomley and later became home to the world famous Dromkeen Picture Book Art Collection lovingly guided by the wonderful Kay Keck. (dec.)


Nestled in the Macedon ranges in the tiny hamlet of Riddell’s Creek, Dromkeen is only 30 minutes drive from Melbourne Airport. This stately National Trust home has beautiful gardens with a range of Australian native and European plants, a gazebo and two resident peacocks.

Guests to Dromkeen are able to visit our Tea Room, browse in the galleries or wander around the beautiful gardens which have trees more than 100 years old, some listed on the National Trust register.

On Saturday, March 30 I’ll be one of the authors taking part in the 2019 Dromkeen Literture Festival (details below)

Following are some photographic memories of my visits over the years.


                                                                                                                                7 October, 2012.

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  1. Bernadette Joiner We are looking forward to having you as one of our special presenters at the Dromkeen LitFest on Saturday March 30th Corinne. We can't wait to hear about your new picture book "A Cat Called Trim".
    March 15, 2019 at 2:10 pm · Reply

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