Retford Park Bowral - National Trust
Retford Park, gifted by James Fairfax AC to the National Trust of Australia for all to enjoy the grand Victorian Italianate homestead and delightful gardens. A delight to visit with open gardens, house tours and special events all year round.
Retford Park is a wonderful place to spend time. Enjoy wandering the open gardens; from hedged gardens showcasing everything from a detailed knot garden, exquisite swimming pool and pavilion, sculptures demanding centre stage and even a friendly family of five emus.
Visit Retford Park
The gardens are open on the first weekend of every month.
Tours of the grand house are available on selected dates. See below or website for details.
Retford Park hold exciting events throughout the year. See below or website for details.
Open Garden entry fees:
Adults - $15
Concession and children - $10
National Trust members - Free
Family - $35
Open Garden and House entry fees: (you'll need to book, these sell out quickly)
Adult - $25
Concession (including children) - $18
National Trust members -$15
Retford Park is a place of great heritage significance. Its European history extends back to grants of land promised to Edward Riley senior by Governor Macquarie in 1821.
The house was built in 1887 by Samuel Hordern (1849-1909) merchant and stockbreeder, and his wife Jane nee Booth. The house at Retford Park (designed by Albert Bond) is set on a low rise, a grand rendered brick Italianate style residence. It was in 1964 that James Fairfax bought the property and started to turn it from an agricultural property to a gentleman’s residence.
- easy parking
- easy walking paths
- guided tours
- group bookings
- open gardens
- special events
Take a tour with Head Gardener, Rick Shepherd, and note the varied succulents in the Retford Park Estate gardens. Then make your own creation to take home!
Retford Park will bring together practitioners and individuals from all over the Southern Highlands for a weekend of wellness.