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).

This will be the first time the magnificent gardens will be open since the new ownership. 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.

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


  • Adults $10
  • Concession $8
  • National Trust members $5
  • Children – $5

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

For more information call 02 48611933 or contact Retford Park at



1325 Old South Road, Bowral


Open Gardens:
From March 2018 the gardens will opened on the first weekend of each month.
Open Garden & House:
Retford House and garden will be open on the first weekend of May and August, 2018.
Open : 10am to 4pm.
Please note: if the first of the month falls on a Sunday, it is that weekend that the garden and/or house is open to the public.

* Retford Park will also host a number of special events throughout the year – all will be listed on this page.*

(02) 48611933
Entry Fees:

Open Garden entry fees:
Adults - $14
Concession - $10
Children - $5
National Trust members - Free

Open Garden and House entry fees:
(NOTE: House and garden are only available in May and August 2018)
Adult - $22
Con - $18
Child - $10
(Sorry, there are no 'House Only' tickets.)

What we offer: