Everglades House & Gardens sits on the traditional lands of the Dharug and Gundungurra peoples. The current landscape was developed in 1934, when owner Belgian-born businessman, Henri Van de Velde, hired Paul Sorensen, Australia’s ‘Master Gardener’, to design a garden on five hectares of steeply sloping orchard in Leura. Sorensen is also believed to have influenced the architectural design of the Art Deco house.
The result of four years of tireless work is Australia’s most spectacular inter-war period garden intertwining European Romanticism, 1930s Modernism and the wild magic of the native Australian bushland.
Everglades House & Gardens was added to the NSW State Heritage Register in 2002, and since then countless people from around the world have had the opportunity to appreciate its unique elegance and beauty. Discover more about the background of Everglades House & Gardens by reading about our history.
How to get here
Everglades House & Gardens is located at 37 Everglades Avenue, Leura NSW.
By public transport: Everglades is a two-hour train ride from Sydney. The closest train station is Leura, which is a lovely one kilometre walk or a short taxi ride away.
By car: It takes approximately two hours to drive to Everglades House & Gardens from the Sydney CBD. Parking is available in the car park adjacent to the entrance, and on Everglades Ave and surrounding streets.
Planning ahead is the best way to get the most out of your visit to Everglades House & Gardens. Here, you’ll find answers to some of our most frequently-asked questions about visiting.
When should I visit?
Everglades House & Gardens is a major Leura NSW attraction all year round. In autumn, many of our trees begin to change colour and the garden is alight with red and orange foliage. Winter brings brisk walks, long shadows, and winter flowers, while spring is a popular time for the famous Blue Mountains cherry blossoms and tulip displays. In summer, enjoy lazy picnics, sun-dappled lawns and refreshing views of the Reflection and Grotto pools. No matter what time you visit, there’s always something on offer.
How much time do I need?
To fully appreciate the splendour of the architecture and gardens, we recommend that you allow at least an hour for your visit to Everglades House & Gardens. If you’d also like to enjoy a Devonshire tea in the Tea Rooms on a Saturday or Sunday, please allow extra time for this as well.
What should I wear?
To stay comfortable during your visit, we recommend that you bring warm clothing and a waterproof jacket in case of rain. You’ll also need to wear sturdy shoes that are suitable for walking outdoors. If you’re planning to drop in during the winter months, we also recommend bringing a beanie, scarf and gloves so you can enjoy the garden.
Will children enjoy visiting?
Children of all ages love visiting Everglades House & Gardens. The vast gardens are perfect for stretching busy legs, plus there are secret nooks such as the waterfall and grotto that are always a big hit with the kids. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day away from screens and out in nature.
Can I bring my pet?
Everyone is welcome at Everglades House & Gardens, however we are unable to accommodate pets (excluding assistance animals). Thank you for understanding.
Can groups visit?
Groups are more than welcome at Everglades House & Gardens. To book a group visit please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 4784 1938. To find out more about our Coach Policy, visit our Tours page.
Can I hire Everglades House & Gardens for an event?
Everglades House & Gardens is a picturesque setting for wedding ceremonies and photography. We also host a changing program of exhibitions by local artists. For more information, please visit our venue hire page.