Retford Park, Bowral Venue Hire

A new heritage venue in the Southern Highlands with beautiful outdoor locations for wedding ceremonies, parties and special events.

Retford Park is one of the most spectacular all-seasons gardens in Australia, featuring private garden rooms and wide-open parkland spaces under towering mature trees.

Built in 1887 by the Hordern family and lavishly redesigned by James Fairfax in the 1960s, this perfectly pink Victorian Italianate mansion provides a marvelous backdrop for photos and a garden rich with atmosphere.

Explore our range of venue hire options below. All fees are GST inclusive.


Event type and venue optionsFeeInclusions
Wedding ceremonies: Japanese Maple Lawn, Green Room, Laurel Lawn

Capacity: 60

3 hours between 1- 7pm (or 5pm during non-daylight savings), Tuesday to Sunday

Wet weather alternative on the Porte Cochere/Verandah

Optional add on: signing table, 20 chairs, aisle carpet and easel. Enquire for pricing

Micro ceremonies: Pool Lawn, Japanese Maple Lawn, Knot Garden, Green Room, Laurel Lawn$1,650

Capacity: 35

3 hours between 10am and 5pm, Tuesday to Friday

Wet weather alternative on the Porte Cochere/Verandah

Optional add on: signing table, 20 chairs, aisle carpet and easel. Enquire for pricing

Proposal, engagement and wedding photography: Any outdoor location that is accessible and available, for up to 30 minutes in any given location. All areas are non-exclusive, however the extensive gardens provide ample spaces$550

Capacity: 20

Up to 2 hours between 10am and 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday
Private events – outdoor functions: Green Room$2,200

Capacity: 100

3 hours between 10 am and 7pm (or 5pm during non-daylight savings)

Site hire only, no marquee or wet weather alternative

Private events – outdoor functions: Laurel Lawn – suitable for marquee

Additional $550 per day for set up/ bump in bump out day prior or day after the event.

Capacity: 100

10am to 10pm, Tuesday to Sunday

Bump in/out only between 8am-10am and 4pm-10pm

Site hire only, can accommodate pegged marquees 12m x 30m

No wet weather alternative

Private events – indoor functions: Morning Room

Capacity: 30

Up to 6 hours, between 9.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Wednesday

Up to 30 chairs and 4 trestle tables

Optional add on: guided tour of the House @ $25 pp

There is limited connectivity onsite. External caterers required

We do not currently offer wedding receptions at Retford Park.

For more information on venue hire, please contact us by phone (02) 4861 1933 or email:

Venue details

Retford Park, Bowral Venue Hire


1325 Old South Road, Bowral NSW 2576


Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm

(02) 4861 1933
What we offer:

How do I get there?

It takes approximately two hours to drive to Retford Park from Sydney. Parking is available in the car park.

Why Retford Park?

Located in Bowral, only a short drive from the town centre, Retford Park is an original and charming choice for Southern Highlands weddings and events. Highlights of the landscaped gardens include:

  • Unique garden rooms bursting with seasonal flowers
  • A magnificent backdrop of the Victorian Italianate mansion
  • The striking pool pavilion designed in 1969 by Guilford Bell
  • Wide-open parkland and historic trees

For weddings, pictures can be taken throughout the gardens, with a wealth of highly photogenic spots to choose from. Please note that this Southern Highlands wedding venue does not provide accommodation.


When should I book my event?

Retford Park is open Thursday to Sunday all year round. You’re welcome to book the garden for wedding ceremonies throughout the year, during a month that suits you. Please note that the venue will remain open to the public.

Each season is special in the heritage garden, from peonies and azaleas during spring, to rows of towering deciduous trees that are bright with autumn colour.

Like all garden wedding venues in the Southern Highlands, the temperatures can get cool in winter.


Get in touch

Start planning your dream Southern Highlands wedding today, and create a truly memorable experience for you and your guests. Steeped in history and uniquely beautiful, Retford Park is a sought-after NSW wedding venue for a garden wedding.

Contact us today to discuss wedding and event options on (02) 4861 1933 or email:


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