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 November 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


Open Gardens:
From March 2018, the gardens will be open to the public on the first weekend of each month (except January). Although food and refreshments will be available when the garden is open for public inspection, you are more than welcome to bring a picnic as there are many idyllic spots to claim for a lazy lunchtime.

* 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

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