International Dog Day at Retford Park

All dogs, hounds, pups, mutts, doggos and pooches are invited to spend the day with their humans in beautiful surrounds in celebration of International Dog Day.

In celebration of International Dog Day and James Fairfax’s adoration of his dogs, we invite you and your furry friend to join the festivities at historic Retford Park.

Featuring a ‘Portuguese Pink’ mansion surrounded by dog-friendly gardens and sculptures, Retford Park makes for a unique location to celebrate your best pal with the whole family in tow.



The Fairfax connection

Built in 1887 by the Hordern family, Retford Park was lavishly redesigned by James Oswald Fairfax AC in the 1960s

The great-great-grandson of newspaper proprietor John Fairfax, James owned over 13 dogs throughout his 83 years, including a Chihuahua, Labradors and German Shorthaired Pointers. Later in life, a family member gave Fairfax a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Paloma. This would be the start of many Greek god-inspired ‘Ridgies’ to enjoy life on the estate.

James Fairfax’s love of dogs is evident everywhere at Retford Park, from the stone dogs keeping guard at the front of the house, to paintings and photographs of his dogs in the house, and the special place in the grounds where his dogs are buried, along with his ashes because he wanted to be buried with his beloved dogs. Read more about Retford Park’s canine connection here.


Event details

Join us from 10am – 4pm on Sunday 25 August 2024.


How to book your tickets

International Dog Day activities included in a regular General Entry – Garden ticket for Sunday 25 August.

Book via Eventbrite where possible, to guarantee a spot.


Plan your next dog day out

Can’t make our special International Dog Day celebrations? The National Trust (NSW) has four pet-friendly properties you can visit with your dog on leash throughout the year: Retford ParkHarper’s MansionDundullimal Homestead, and Saumarez Homestead. Check each property for opening days and hours.

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Plan your visit

Retford Park


1325 Old South Road, Bowral NSW 2576

(02) 4861 1933
Entry Fees:

Garden visit:
National Trust members - FREE
Adults - $17
Concession* - $15
Family - $49

House tour and garden visit (booking recommended):
National Trust members - FREE
Adults - $35
Concession* - $25
*Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.

How to book your tickets
Tickets can be purchased at the door or booked in advance to guarantee your spot. Booking fees apply.
Book a ticket to Retford Park: House tour & garden visit.
Book a ticket to Retford Park: Garden visit only.
Terms and conditions of entry apply.
For group visits to Retford Park: Group visits.

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