The Art and Culture of Retford Park

Art was a driving force in James Fairfax’s life. He travelled Australia and the world to surround himself with some of the world’s greatest art.

Retford Park became a treasure trove of pieces he collected during these times.  Although many of these works have been gifted or sold to support numerous institutions or charities, there still is an impressive selection housed in his country residence in Bowral.

During March as the sun starts to fall, John Mullholland who managed Retford Park for well over 30 years and is also an art connoisseur, along with the current manager, Scott Pollock, will take guided tours showcasing part of the legacy left by Mr James Fairfax.

To finish this exclusive tour, hors d’oeuvres and champagne will served as the sun sets on Retford Park.

For further details please contact Retford Park:
T: (02) 4861 1933

Cost: Adults $100; National Trust members $80

(Please note: there is a maximum number of 20 people per tour.)

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(Photo: Ray Joyce)


1325 Old South Road, Bowral
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.


Open Gardens:
The gardens will open on the first weekend of each month.

Open Garden & House:
Retford House and garden will be open on the first weekend of September, 2018. Bookings essential.
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 - $15
Concession (including children) - $10
National Trust members - Free
Family - $35

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

(Sorry, there are no 'House Only' tickets.)

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