When I first visited Werribee Mansion in Victoria, Australia, I feel in love with it. Its glorious Italianate architectural style and its 60 stately rooms, not to mention the beautifully landscaped grounds, inspired me.
Some years later, when I started jotting down notes for the novel that became The Dragon Sleeps, there was no doubt that Werribee Mansion would become my Thornton Park. Of course, there are many differences but my inspiration came from this grand mansion.
Here you see the house and the main hall with its grand staircase.
If you find yourself near Melbourne, its definitely worth the 30 minute drive to Werribee Park.