Retford Park Bowral - National Trust


About

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

History

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.


Additional Information

Contact

1325 Old South Road
Bowral, New South Wales 2576
Australia

Look out for the entrance off Old South Road. They can be easily missed.

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Features

  • easy parking
  • easy walking paths
  • guided tours
  • group bookings
  • open gardens
  • special events

Hours

Gardens are open on the first weekend of every month. Open house in Aust. Check back for more dates and special events.

Events

Sat 02 Mar
Retford Park House and Garden Tours

Retford Park House and Garden Tours

in Arts & Culture, Home & Garden

Retford Park is a place of great historical significance and will be open to the public for house and garden tours in September.

Tue 05 Mar
Succulent Creations Tour and Workshop at Retford Park

Succulent Creations Tour and Workshop at Retford Park

in Arts & Culture

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!

Sat 09 Mar
Rhythm of Life: A Community Wellness Festival at Retford Park

Rhythm of Life: A Community Wellness Festival at Retford Park

in Arts & Culture

Retford Park will bring together practitioners and individuals from all over the Southern Highlands for a weekend of wellness.

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Contact

02 4861 1933


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