Gallery - Cafe/Tea Room - Event Venue
Children's Literature Centre

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. 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 to view original book illustrations or wander around the beautiful gardens which have trees more than 100 years old, some listed on the National Trust register. School author/illustrator visits and group tours are available.


Whats On

Storytime for Children

1st Saturday of every month

Historical Tours

Historic Tours of Dromkeen Homestead are available by appointment for groups. The tour includes a short media presentation, a walk around the gardens and a tour of the Homestead. Special packages can include lunch or morning/afternoon tea with a tour. A minumum of 20 people is required.



Current Exhibition

Fine Focus – Rachel Tonkin
2 Oct 2016- 20 May 2017


Future Exhibitions

25 years of illustration  – the art of Anne Spudvilas

The Dromkeen Gallery is now open for submissions from illustrators to exhibit their work.
Please send enquiries to gallery@dromkeen.com.au




Dromkeen has a separate function centre available suitable for hire for conferences, business seminars, professional development and children’s birthday parties. A second room has a wet area that could be used for art classes. Catering is available. Enquiries bernadette@dromkeen.com.au


Dromkeen has a beautiful outdoor gazebo and garden setting available for hire for weddings or simply for photograph shoots. Our function centre is suitable for weddings of up to 60 people.


The Dromkeen Garden Room is fully airconditioned and has an industrial kitchen with a commercial oven, large refrigerator and dishwasher. There are tables and chairs to seat up to 60 people. Audiovisual equipment and lectern also available for hire.


Tea Room / Cafe


Open 10am – 4pm Thursday through Saturday, our daily menu contains a selection of delicious cakes, devonshire tea, toasted sandwiches, specialty pies and weekly specials and of course, Tea and Coffee. Breakfast is served all day on Saturday. Family friendly, highchairs available upon request.


School Visits


Dromkeen is open to visiting school groups and tertiary institutions.  Offering the opportunity for students to participate in day workshops run by visiting illustrators and authors of Australian children’s picture storybooks.  We tailor the day’s activities to address learning outcomes that individual schools or groups wish to address.

School Gallery Program

Dromkeen also has a gallery program where visiting students browse through picture books, and original illustrations. We also view and discuss preliminary work to highlight the publishing process that authors and illustrators use, from the initial idea, author’s first draft, editing, storyboards, rough drawings, book design, printing and the final finished book.

Writing Camps

Dromkeen now offers either 1-day writing workshops or 3-day writing camps with award winning author and illustrator Mark Wilson, for groups of up to 45 students from Grades 4-6.  Students write and illustrate their own picture storybook.

Holiday Programs

Dromkeen offers a range of school holiday programs for students in drawing and illustration. Other special events are held during the school term. Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for updated information.

All enquiries: bernadette@dromkeen.com.au


Contact Us

Opening Hours

Thursday – Saturday
10am – 4pm

Morning and Afternoon Tea.
Lunch Available.

For further information contact:
+61 3 5428 6799

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