Retford Park House & Garden Tours (month of March)

The World Health Organisation has declared the COVID-19 virus a pandemic that risks the health, safety and wellbeing of the most vulnerable people in our community. We take this risk very seriously, so the National Trust has cancelled or postponed all events until 30 June 2020. This event is cancelled.

As part of the special exhibition throughout March, ‘It’s In Our Hands to Make a Difference’, you can book a house tour from $28 Wednesdays to Sundays from 8 – 29 March. As you’re guided through the property, you will learn more about each of Photographer Matthew Willman’s artworks who was commissioned by Nelson Mandela for ten years, and the perspectives he gained from working with orphaned South African wild animals.

In the splendour of autumn at Retford Park, enjoy a tour of the exhibition hung throughout the house. Via the amazing photographs taken by Matthew Willman during ten years as Nelson Mandela’s personal photographer, you will learn about the life of one of the world’s greatest leaders and also about one of his great passions – the conservation of the native Rhinos.

A selection of Willman’s beautiful works will be for sale to support the conservation efforts in RSA.

You are then free to explore the stunning gardens at your leisure – why not pack a picnic.


Ticket holders will receive a full refund. Please contact us using the information below to have this processed. Please understand that in light of the current health crisis this may take slightly longer than usual to administer given the volume of events we are cancelling at this time.


  • National Trust member: $28
  • General admission adult: $35
  • Concession: $30
  • Children: $15
  • Booking essential: Please click here


Click here to read more about the exhibition and the full program of events, including a decadent dinner party and photography masterclass.


Directions: Head up Merrigang Street from Bong Bong Street, the main street in Bowral.
Follow to the end of Merrigang and turn right at the ‘T’ intersection.
Watch for the Retford Park white gate, the second driveway on the left.
1325 Old South Road, Bowral


Open Gardens:
The gardens will open on the first weekend of each month 10am - 4pm.

Please note: if the first of the month falls on a Sunday, it is that weekend Retford is open to the public.


January 2021

0418 720 066
Entry Fees:

Open Garden entry fees:
Adults - $15
Concession (including children) - $10
National Trust members - Free
Family - $35

Open Garden and House entry fees: (Bookings are essential)
Please book via the ‘What’s On’ section below.
Adult - $25
Concession (including children) - $18
National Trust members -$15

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