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.

Additional Information


1325 Old South Road
Bowral, New South Wales 2576

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

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


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

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