Retford Park Bowral - National Trust

Retford Park Bowral - National Trust

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1325 Old South Road, Bowral, New South Wales 2576 , Australia
Retford Park Bowral - National Trust
Retford Park Bowral - National Trust
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Retford Park Bowral - National Trust

1325 Old South Road, Bowral, New South Wales 2576 , Australia

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Retford Park, gifted by James Fairfax AC to the National Trust of Australia for all to enjoy the grand Victorian Italianate homestead and delightful gardens. A delight to visit with open gardens, house tours and special events all year round.

Retford Park, gifted by James Fairfax AC to the National Trust of Australia for all to enjoy the grand Victorian Italianate homestead and delightful gardens. A delight to visit with open gardens, house tours and special events all year round.

Retford Park is a wonderful place to spend time. Enjoy wandering the open gardens; from 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.

Visit Retford Park

Retford Park is a heritage must-see in the Southern Highlands and has reopened. From 5 September 2020 you can visit this beautiful property, including its magnificent gardens, with timed entry tickets. Retford Park will be opening on the first weekend of each month from 10am – 4pm on both the Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can enjoy the gardens and guided tours of the house, however, the tearoom is temporarily closed (no food and beverage service).

Pre-book your timed ticket to visit Retford Park through the National Trust (NSW) website.

Open Garden entry fees: 
Adults - $15
Concession and children - $10
National Trust members - Free
Family - $35

House tour & garden entry fees: (you'll need to book, these sell out quickly)
Adult - $28
Concession (including children) - $20
National Trust members - $17

 

History

James Fairfax AC always believed that Retford Park should be preserved for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations, particularly those of the local district. In fulfilment of his ambition, Mr Fairfax gifted his historic Retford Park home to the National Trust of Australia (NSW) in 2016.

Retford Park is a place of great heritage significance; its European history extends back to grants of land promised to Edward Riley senior by Governor Macquarie in 1821. The house was built in 1887 by Samuel Hordern (1849-1909) merchant and stockbreeder, and his wife Jane nee Booth. The house at Retford Park (designed by Albert Bond) is set on a low rise, a grand rendered brick Italianate style residence. It was in 1964 that James Fairfax bought the property and started to turn it from an agricultural property to a gentleman’s residence.

Having been in the caring hands of Mr Fairfax for over 50 years, the garden is a delight to wander 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.

Features

easy parking
easy walking paths
guided tours
group bookings
open gardens
special events

Additional information

Location

1325 Old South Road, Bowral, New South Wales 2576 , Australia
Look out for the entrance off Old South Road. They can be easily missed.
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