International Dog Day at Retford Park

Calling all dogs, hounds, pups, mutts, doggos and pooches to celebrate International Dog Day with their humans in beautiful surrounds at historic Retford Park.

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.


James Fairfax’s last remaining dog, Selene, in front of the house. Images right by SGR Photos


In celebration of James’ adoration of his dogs, and in alignment with International Dog Day, we invite you and your furry friend to the festivities at Retford Park.

Take a guided tour through the stunning gardens, check our the stick library, browse doggie clothing and treats plus a range of gifts for dog lovers,  have your pet’s pawtrait taken at The Bark Room’s pop up studio, and so much more.

Stay tuned for more details!


Guided garden tours for dogs and humans.



Event details

Join us from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 26 August 2023.


How to book your tickets

Activities included in a regular  General Entry – Garden ticket.

Book via Eventbrite where possible, to guarantee a spot.


Plan your Visit

Retford Park


1325 Old South Road, Bowral
(See directions above)


Gardens: Thursday - Sunday, 10am – 4pm
House Tours: Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am & 12.30pm
Open Monday 12 June 2023 and Monday 2 October 2023

02 4861 1933
Entry Fees:

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

Tour of the House & Garden Visit (booking recommended):
National Trust members - FREE
Adults - $35
* Concession - $25

Booking fees apply.
(* Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.)

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