Retford Park Open Garden

Explore the magnificent gardens at Retford Park, Bowral.

James Fairfax AC has always believed that Retford Park should be preserved for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations, particularly those of the local district. On 19th April 2016, and in fulfilment of his ambition, Mr Fairfax gifted his historic Retford Park home to the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

Having been in the caring hands of Mr Fairfax for over 50 years, the garden is a delight to wonder through. As you venture up the driveway the grand Victorian Italianate homestead appears from a towering arboretum of a magnificent collection of evergreen and deciduous trees, some very rare and unique.

Surrounding the eastern side of the homestead is a patchwork of 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.

Although food and refreshments will be available, you are more than welcome to bring a picnic as there are many idyllic spots to claim for a spring afternoon. While you are there browse our National Trust NSW pop-up shop.

The garden staff will be on hand to answer any questions

Note: The gardens of Retford Park are managed sustainably. Herbicides and other chemicals have been phased out.

Gardens open: 10am to 4pm


  • National Trust members – free
  • Adults – $15
  • Concession (including children) – $10
  • Family – $35

**Please note the house will not be open.**

For more information call 02 48611933 or contact Retford Park at


Retford Park has declared war on plastic!

  • Retford Park Cares for the Environment
    • There will be a free tea or coffee at the pop-up café for those that bring a keep-cup.
    • Get a discounted entry fee if you arrive by pushbike


Please join us and help us #choosetorefuse.





1325 Old South Road, Bowral


10.00 am - 4.00 pm

(02) 48611933
Entry Fees:

National Trust members - Free
Adults - $14
Concession - $10
Children - $5

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