Harrington Park's History & Development

Harrington Park, as we know it today, began in 1944 as a dream. Sir Warwick Fairfax, who lived on and loved the land, envisioned a magnificent estate. Harrington Park recognised nationally for its planning and design, winning multiple awards.

This dream laid a firm foundation for the estate as we know it today, which was brought to life by the hard work of Lady Mary Fairfax and the Harrington Park Development Team even after the death of Sir Warwick.

Harrington Park is now recognised nationally for its planning and design, winning multiple awards including:

Award for Excellence

Urban Development Institute of Australia (1996, 1999)

National Awards for Excellence for Community Creation

Urban Development Institute of Australia (2000)

Master Planned Residential Lifestyle Winner and National Finalist

Urban Development Institute of Australia (2001, 2003)

Diamond Award

Health Research Foundation, Sydney South West (2003)


Stretching back to the colonial era, Harrington Park comprises some of the earliest land grants in Australia. Harrington Park’s rich history is typified in the two old homesteads on its grounds – Harrington Park Homestead and Orielton Homestead.

Both homesteads span a long history, having housed the gentry, military and farmers alike. Harrington Park Homestead is particularly remembered for having been the seat of the Fairfax family's holiday home, particularly loved by Sir Warwick Fairfax, who wrote some of his greatest books on its premises.

In December 2006, the NSW Minister for Planning, the Hon. Frank Sartor, visited Harrington Park to honour both homesteads with NSW State Heritage Listings. The listings recognise the historical value of the properties and ensure their preservation for future generations.


Harrington Park is more than just a well-developed residential estate. Within its grounds you will find masterfully streetscaped tree-lined streets and an array of incredible facilities that afford a rich and abundant lifestyle, including:

  • Conveniently located Harrington Plaza
  • Well-equipped Harrington Park Public School
  • Beautiful lakes and waterways that play a pivotal role in water quality control
  • Modern sporting facilities
  • Beautifully landscaped parks and ovals
  • A network of safe and scenic cycleways and walking paths
  • BBQ and picnic areas

No detail has been left unattended and no stone unturned to create a unique residential development that warmly embraces the families who now call it home.