the historic side

the historic side



steeped in history & charm…historic

Hepburn Springs Village is rich with history, and the texture of generations past. Icons such as the Old Macaroni Factory- the oldest Italian building in Australia and the Beautiful Villa Parma still stand strong.

Hepburn Springs Village was established by insightful Swiss-Italian migrants, who made their home in The Village (then called Spring Creek) during the Gold Rush of the 1850’s.

For more information, we suggest you check out some of the great historic attractions, architecture and publications found in and around the area.


The Frescos, Old Macaroni Factory
Image by CreativeVue


An excellent example of this can be found at the Macaroni Factory, where heritage listed frescos still stand. You can grab a guided tour through these, and hear about the journey they have taken since being painted sometime between 1862 and 1864.

Villa Parma (below), built by Italian immigrant Fabrizzio Crippa in 1865, is another Village icon. Its prominent main building is accompanied by beautiful gardens reminiscent of days gone by. Now refurbished, Villa Parma plays host to guest wanting to combine history with luxury during their stay.


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Image Courtesy of Villa Parma

The region’s Swiss-Italian heritage is celebrated still, instrinsically as part of the Village’s style, and through the annual Swiss Italian Festa, held each year in Spring.

There are several publications and resources for further exploring the History of Hepburn Springs Village and its surrounds. We particularly like BULLBOAR, MACARONI & MINERAL WATER – Spa Country’s Swiss Italian Story by Clare Gervasoni.