Varuna, named after the ancient Indian god of the heavens and the waters, was a home built on two acres of land by Eleanor Dark and Eric Dark in 1939. Elenor Dark was a celebrated Australian novelist and wrote some of her best works from this house, including A Timeless Land (1941).
The house has influences of Art Deco, Spanish Mission buildings and English interwar architecture. In 1989 their son, Mick Dark, donated Varuna to the public to be used as a retreat for writers.
Varuna has been a writer's centre for about 30 years and each year, over 200 writers participate in residencies and professional development programs.
Visit the Varuna website.