James Fairfax AC has always believed that Retford Park should be preserved for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations, particularly those of the local district. On 19th April 2016 and in fulfilment of his ambition, Mr. Fairfax gifted his historic Retford Park home to the National Trust of Australia (NSW). It was in August 2017 that the National Trust officially took control of the property. 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 and even a friendly family of four emus Open Gardens:
The gardens are open to the public on the first weekend of each month. Light refreshments are available but you are more than welcome to bring a picnic as there are many idyllic spots to claim for a lazy lunchtime.
• Adults - $15
• Concession - $10
• Family - $35
• National Trust members - FREE
Tours of the main house are available on the February, May and August open weekends (and some extra ones are occasionally added to keep up with the demand). Bookings are essential – to ensure you don’t miss out on these tours, email Retford Park and ask to be included on their email list or keep an eye on their website - https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/places/retford-park/ .
Please note: Retford Park also has a strong Calendar of Events
Photograph provided from and credited to Tim Mooney