Plainly popular

THOUSANDS of people from across Gippsland and beyond poured through the gates of the historic Holey Plain homestead near Rosedale at the weekend for the Gippsland Garden and Heritage Fest.

People wandered through the beautiful gardens, stopped to buy at the many stalls, watched canon firing and horse and hound displays and meandered through displays of older vehicles and machinery.

Many bought food, sat under the shade of trees and listed to music with glasses of wine.

Holey Plain custodian Richard Crooke said Saturday’s high temperatures did little to deter visitors, who instead came earlier in the day, with an estimated 2000 visitors across the two days the property was open to the public.

The gates and doors to Holey Plain are open biennially, giving people a glimpse of what life was like in days gone by on the Holey Plains Cattle Station, first occupied by W. Curlewis in 1842.

The property was sold to EC Crooke in 1844 and has been in the Crooke family since then.