In recent years Mahratta, has hosted a variety of events as well as the property being used as a location for film and television. ‘A Place called Home’ is the most recent television series filmed here.

Behind the Wall


‘Behind the Wall’ is our major fundraising event, and takes place in Spring each year when the garden is at its best. This is one of the few times the public can view inside the house as it is only open for special events and admittance is by guided tour only.

There is a small fee to enter the grounds and an extra fee for the house tours. Visitors can stroll through the 1.6 hectare Sorensen garden which includes a sunken rose garden, an Azalea walk and a Labyrinth. Refreshments are served throughout the day.

In 2017, as there will be various activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the School of Philosophy in Sydney, the Friends will not be holding the ‘Behind the Wall’ until 2018.

Garden and House Tours


During the year, the Friends have two days for community groups to visit the gardens and tour the house. Many community groups have already taken this opportunity. Bookings are essential. Our dates for 2017 are:
Tuesday 21st March and Tuesday 29th August from 10am to 4pm
There is a choice of five tours:
1. Garden ramble $10
2. Garden ramble and Morning tea $15
3. Guided House tour $15
4. Garden ramble and guided House tour $20
5. Garden ramble, guided house tour and Devonshire Tea $30
If you belong to a group who would like a wonderful day out, download the House tours and Open Garden booking form which is required for each booking.
Tel: 9489-7925

Practical Philosophy


The School of Philosophy in NSW opened in Sydney in 1967. It has since opened branches in Newcastle, Wagga and Canberra and is affiliated with Schools in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide in Australia and in many other countries around the world.

Courses in Practical Philosophy are held at various locations around Sydney including Mahratta. For more information, visit: