See & Do


Beautiful gardens have always been a drawcard for visits to the Southern Highlands, with the region being blessed with some of Australia's best private gardens, and now is the time to plan your next visit, with Spring and Autumn being the optimal times.


5th Chapter Estate

217 Walkers Lane, Avoca
PH. 0435 107 456 /

5th Chapter Estate gardens are amongst the best in the Southern Highlands. VIEW MORE for open dates.

The 10 acres of garden are predominantly traditional English in style with separate enclosed French garden, Japanese garden and rose gardens.

5th Chapter Estates gardens are undoubtedly amongst the best in the Southern Highlands. Nurtured by a great team. Stunning in every season.

Tulips, Azaleas, Rhododendrons and our cherry tree walk provide a wonderful show in spring and in autumn the trees provide a vivid colour.

2017 Open Dates

April - July (By Appointment Only)
August - Friday 25 Daffodil Day
September - 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 30
October - 1, 2, 6 , 7, 8, 14and 15
November - 11 and 12p> Open Times: 10am - 3:30pm

Please note gates close strictly at 4pm.

Admission $10.00 per adult, accompanying children FREE.
All proceeds donated to The Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

NO DOGS permitted.

For appointments email or phone John 0435 107 456 Wines produced by on the estate include Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and Sauvingnon Blanc.

Direction from Bowral: Travel along Kangaloon Road, cross over the Illawarra Hwy on Sheepwash Rd heading east. Take 1st right (Walkers Rd), then left into Walkers Lane (please note all unsealed roads).
Keep going down lane then follow 5th Chapter signs.

Bundanoon Garden Ramble


It promises to be a wonderful weekend with eight private gardens open on Saturday 21 & 22nd October from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, attracting visitors from all parts of the state and beyond.

The gardens will showcase a diversity of plantings and styles, from small to large and those in between, providing inspiration to all who visit. As you wander through these much-loved gardens, feel free to have a chat with the owners. Like most of us who have fun digging in the dirt, we are a friendly bunch who love to share ideas and information.
Tickets will be on sale in the Hall, the price for entry into all eight gardens is $20 per person, valid for Saturday and Sunday, and $5 for entry to a single garden (children under 16 free).


Chinoiserie Open Garden

23 Webb Street, Mittagong
PH. 02 4872 3003 /

Chinoiserie is renowned for it's collection of tree & herbaceous Peonies collected around the world from China, Japan, Europe & America. VIEW MORE for opening dates.
Chinoiserie.........a plant collector's garden.

A colourful plant collectors garden set on 1.25 acres.

Plantings consist of long herbaceous borders, potager, pond and stream garden, a large collection of Chinese, Japanese, European and American tree peonies which are the star attraction in October and early November.

Coaches welcome please confirm with us first if you wish to bring a group to the garden.

Spring Open Dates 2017: 12 September - 12 November 2017.

$7.00 per person.

$6.00 per concession.

Corbett Gardens

Corbett Gardens, Bendooley Street, Bowral
PH. 02 4871 2888

Corbett Gardens is open year round for the enjoyment of local residents and visitors. Entry Fees apply during the annual Tulip Time Festival plus the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival. For For Event Booking or Wedding Enquires please phone council on 02 4868 0888

PLEASE NOTE CORBETT GARDENS WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC ON - Monday 11 September 2017 in preparation for Tulip Time and Friday 29 September 2017 in preparation for Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival.




5 May Street, Robertson nsw
PH. 0477 213 141 /

Potted garden design, rare plants and gardenalia. VIEW more for open dates.

You'll be constantly delighted as you wander through these inspiring gardens with over 500 pots of rare and unusual plants all designed to compliment the water gardens, statuary and gardenalia.

GARDENALIA is a very individual and unusual garden, specialising in 'container gardening'. Over 680 pots are designed and placed to suit the several themes of the garden, enhancing your enjoyment and inspiring creativity. Be impressed with the diversity and practicality pots can provide. Experience the wow factor and gain a new perspective in gardening with help and advice from Margaret's 40 yrs experience in horticulture and nurseries.

*40 year old Wisterias
*Weeping Japanese Mapes
*Espaliers - pears and apples
*Bay trees, toparies, bulbs
*Clematis, fushias and roses
*Vireya Rhodos and camellias *Cycads, succulents and peonies
*Cyclamens, herbs and natives
*Vegetables and hedges

2017 Open Dates
12-24 September. 1, 28 & 29 October 25 & 26 November
Open every last weekend of the month until May 2018.
Admission is $8 per person with children under 16 years - free

Groups and buses are welcome.
Dogs are welcome.

Other dates welcome by appointment.

Heading East on Illawarra Hwy, turn left into Caalong Street (just after the Service Station), then left into May Street. Gardenalia is located in the cul de sac at the end of May Street (west). Signs all the way.


Greenbrier Park Garden

1171 Old South Road, Mittagong
PH. 02 4862 2880

Please email or call for group bookings and VIEW more for open dates.

National Champion Garden set in an old Australian eucalyptus woodland. 750 metres above sea level overlooking Mittagong with magnificent views of the Nattai Valley and Blue Mountains.

The garden incorporates an English style design with Australian native shrubs and trees to produce a unique garden setting on some three hectares. Rich basalt soils and protection from harsh winds have led to remarkable growth since the garden was established in 1988.

Perennial borders, formal lawns, streams and ponds, an "old cottage ruin", statutory, fountains, vistas and a large variety of shrubs, trees and natives.

Open 16 & 17 and 23 & 24 September 2017. Entry $8 per person. Please email or call for group bookings.


Harper's Mansion

9 Wilkinson Street, Berrima
PH. 02 4877 1508 /

1834 National Trust Colonial Georgian House with period furnishings, 2 acres of strolling gardens and a unique maze. National Trust shop, Group tours by appointment.

Every Weekend 10.30am to 4.00pm & Public Holidays. Other times are by appointment.

Leighton Gardens

Argyle Street, Moss Vale

Moss Vale has a beautiful garden in the centre of town, located in Argyle Street which is the main street. This garden is perfectly situated for family picnics, and boasts a lovely Tulip display in September.

OPENING HOURS: Daily (public garden)


Milton Park Country House Garden

Horderns Road, Bowral, NSW, 2576, Australia
PH. 02 4861 8100

Considered one of Australia's greatest gardens. VIEW more for open date.
In spring of 1948 the garden was opened to the public for the first time. This tradition has continued every spring up to present day. Today, considered by many to be the greatest garden in Australia, Milton Park includes about 10,000 trees, rare varieties of shrubs and plants, a forest of 5,000 Cypresses & Pines, at least 200,000 Bulbs accompanied by 100,000 forget-me-nots, more than 100 Maples & rare Rhododendrons, over 50 Camellia, nearly 2,000 metres of Box hedging, 400 Rose Bushes, an Avenue of 40 Giant Elms and at every turn and vista, individual specimens of rarity, splendour and historic interest.

Spring open dates: September 16th - October 2nd 2017.

Admission Fees:
Per Adult: $7.00

Per Person by Coach $5.00 (8 people minimum)

Concession $5.00

School Children: Free

Guided Garden Tours are available at $12.00 per person (minimum 5 people) and are to be booked between Monday 9am and Friday 5pm. Bookings are essential. Garden Tours are conducted by the Milton Park Head Gardener, Peter Berckner.

All proceeds to Bowral District Hospital Auxillary


19-21 Eridge Park Road, Burradoo
PH. 0405 347 522

Moidart is a classic garden of 5 acres of rare and specimen plants. VIEW more for open dates.
Moidart is a classic garden of 5 acres of rare and specimen plants.

Garden features include: Sunken rose garden, Terraces, Woodland Garden and Wholesale Nursery.

Open 10am - 4pm.

Open 11 September - 2 October and 11&12 November 2017. Coach groups coach booking outside these dates by appointment.

Entry fee is $7.00 (concession for coach loads over 20 people - $6.50pp paying in one transaction).

Car and coach parking is available - entrance off Eridge Park Road.


Peppers Craigieburn Garden

Centennial Road, Bowral
PH. 02 4862 8000 /

Set in the surrounds of one of the oldest heritage guesthouses in the Southern Highlands, Craigieburn is set in 36 hectares with manicured gardens and natural bush inclusive of a 9 hole golf course. Enjoy our garden


Peppers Manor House Garden

Katers Road, Sutton Forest
PH. 02 4860 3111 /

Enjoy our garden


Perennial Hill

1 Nero Street, Mittagong
PH. 0409 244 200 /

Established in 2001, Perennial Hill is a one acre cool-climate garden on Mt. Gibraltar.

The garden is wonderfully designed with much to inspire.
Highlights include: conifer gardens, rockery, dry-stone walls, topiary garden, French parterre and beautiful perennial borders in Summer. 2017
Spring Open Garden Dates
Daily from 12 to 24 September (Tulip Time)
October - each weekend
November - each weekend

Summer Open Garden Dates
December - first weekend only

Summer Open Garden Dates
January - each weekend
February - each weekend
Autumn Open Garden Dates
March - each weekend
April - third weekend only

Hours - 10am to 4:0pm (Last Entry 3:30pm)

Admission is $8 per person ($7 Seniors)
Children are free but must be supervised

Dogs are welcome - on leash only

Large Groups - by appointment only

Toilet facilities available

Parking - on-street (please park responsibly)


Red Cow Farm

7480 Illawarra Highway, Sutton Forest
PH. 02 4868 1842 /

When you visit Red Cow Farm you will want to take a little piece of this heaven with you. VIEW for more for open dates plus details for weddings or photography sessions.

RED COW FARM is a unique cool climate garden set on 2.5 hectares in the picturesque rural village of Sutton Forest approximately 1.5 hours from Sydney and 2 hours from Canberra, and presents as one of the leading gardens in the beautiful Southern Highlands region of NSW.

RED COW FARM features 20 garden rooms with an exuberant cottage garden, monastery garden, abbess's garden, a stunning collection of rare and unusual perennials, woodland, old fashioned roses and clematis, beech walk, lake, bog garden, orchard and kitchen garden.

The owners, Ali & Wayne have a fine selection of rare self propagated plants for sale, which you may not find in your local nursery. Also on sale are postcards with beautiful vistas of the garden, plaques and statues as represented in the garden..

No rest rooms or cafe are available on site but are located nearby at the Exeter General Store or Sutton Forest Pub.

No animals permitted and children to be supervised by adults. Groups are welcome & lecture tours can be arranged with the owner and landscape gardener, Ali Mentesh by appointment. No picnics.

We regret that Red Cow Farm is not suitable for wheelchairs or prams.

2017/18 Garden Open Dates 12th September - Late May 2018.

Opening Time: 10am - 4pm
Admission prices: $10 per adult, $8 seniors and groups, $4 per child (4-14)
Car and Coach parking in the laneway adjacent to garden.

Red Cow Farm is an intimate wedding venue ideal for small ceremonies, up to 20 guests including the bridal party. If you are looking for a romantic country garden setting for your wedding shoot Red Cow Farm offers many photo opportunities.


Retford Park - National Trust of Australia (NSW)

1325 Old South Road, Bowral
PH. 02 4861 1933 /

Diverse Calendar of Events
Opening Hours - Retford Park will only be open for their calendar of events - check out the website and this page for regular updates.

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.

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.

Both the house and gardens have graciously matured over the years and have many features for the public to enjoy. A surprise at every corner. Mr. Fairfax's passion for horticulture and art are evident when wondering through this impressive property.

Currently, the National Trust of Australia (NSW) are identifying how this magnificent property will be opened to the public to ensure its history and beauty can be shared with future generations as Mr. Fairfax intended.

Note: The gardens of Retford Park are managed sustainably. Herbicides and other chemicals have been phased out.

2017 Garden Open Dates
October - Friday 13 - Sunday
Times: 10am-4pm Please note the house will NOT be open for public inspection

Adults - $10
Concession - $8
National Trust members - $5
Children - $5

Garden Details
Having been in the caring hands of Mr Fairfax for over 50 years, the garden is a delight to wonder 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 g garden, exquisite swimming pool and pavilion, sculptures demanding centre stage and even a friendly family of 5 emus.

Although food and refreshments will be available, you are more than welcome to bring a picnic as there are many idyllic spots to claim for a spring afternoon.

The garden staff will be on hand to answer any questions.

Photograph provided from and credited to Ray Joyce


Robertson Heritage Railway Station & Garden

Yarranga Street, Robertson
PH. 02 4885 1256 /

Tourist train destination, local history museum and waratah garden. Annual events are organised in Spring and Autumn.
Volunteer not-for-profit group maintaining the Robertson Heritage Railway Station and grounds as a tourist train destination, local history museum and waratah garden. Annual events are organised in Spring and Autumn, and the Fettlers Shed Gallery hosts exhibitions.

Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens Ltd

Cnr Old South Road and Kangaloon Road, Bowral NSW
PH. 02 4861 4899

SHBG hosts the annual Town and Country Weekend......a wonderful weekend of open gardens.
A weekend of wonderful open gardens in the Southern Highlands. Also featuring the pop-up nursery with many rare and unusual plants grown by the Friends of the gardens.

Program and further details to come.


Southern Highlands Welcome Centre

62-70 Main Street, Mittagong
PH. 02 4871 2888 /

Make the Welcome Centre your first stop!

A wide variety of information for NSW plus Local products, gifts, beautiful garden and friendly staff.

Get the most out of your visit to the Southern Highlands with your first stop being the Southern Highlands Welcome Centre in Mittagong. The friendly staff can help you with all your questions. It is also a great place to pick up some local treats like our famous Cuttaway Creek Rasperry Jam, or perhaps a bottle of cool climate wine. Lyn's Handbags always make a perfect gift or just pop in for souvenirs, gifts, regional produce and a friendly welcoming smile.

Ask them about the great benefits & rewards for both you & your friends, from the Did you know we can do mail orders?
Looking for a unique Southern Highlands Gift?

Why not purchase a Gift Hamper made with local products which can be tailor made to suit your budget.

Speak to one of our friendly staff who will be able to guide you through this process. All gift wrapping is included.

Open 7 Days. 9 - 5 Mon - Fri 9 - 4 Sat , Sun & Public Holidays.


Did you know council recently installed a 30 amp, Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) recharger.


Sturt Gallery & Studios

Cnr Range Rd & Waverley Pde, Mittagong
PH. 02 4860 2083 /

Established in 1941, Sturt is now the oldest craft centre in Australia. Stop in to visit the Gallery, Garden or drop in for a coffee.
Sturt is recognized nationally as a centre of excellence for the promotion and teaching of Australian craft.
Sturt is also one of the premier cultural tourist attractions of the Southern Highlands region welcoming over 50,000 visitors each year and features a multi award-winning craft and design shop, gallery, caf craft studios, courses and workshops, a collection of Australian craft and historic buildings and gardens.

Sturt is the ideal place to source a special gift, an artwork to collect, or designed textiles and scarves. All products are made in Australia, and are of the highest quality and materials. Sturt proudly promotes the work of Australias craftspeople and is a favourite destination for over thirty thousand visitors each year. Of special interest is the ceramics, wood and textiles made on site by Sturt's resident craftspeople. Sturt also presents exhibitions of fine craft and art by some of Australians finest artists each year.

Visitors can also wander through Sturt's garden all year around.

Sturt Gallery is open 7 days 10am ? 5pm. Sturt Café is open Wednesday ? Friday 10-3pm Weekends 10-4pm


The Mill - Plantlife

Cnr Bong Bong & Banyette Streets, Bowral
PH. 0412 577 088 /

Plantlife offers a personalised service from concept through to installation.

Plantlife, by Southern Highlands garden designer and horticulturalist, Peter Morgan creates landscapes and gardens by interpreting the unique story of our clients, their architecture and environment and bestows his passion, energy and 20 years in the field to ensure the delivery comes to reality.

Specialising in the cool climate environment of the Southern Highlands, Plalntlife can assist with managing soils and water, plant selections and sourcing, garden and landscape design and installation, planning for small farms and lifestyle sections, shelter belt and screen planting, and regeneration of degraded landscapes.

Our focus is to think laterally to solve problems for our clients, beautify their landscapes and deliver projects in line with budgets and timelines.

Call Peter on 0412 577 088 today for a consultation to get your project under way.


Welby Garden Centre

Cnr Old Hume Highway & Bendooley Street ,Welby
PH. 02 4872 2804 /

Local nursery specialising in cold climate plants suited to the Southern Highlands. Tress, roses, shrubs plants and all your gardening needs.
Operated by Challenge Southern Highlands as a supported employment service.
Providing employment and training for people with disabilities.

Winifred West Park

Main Street, Mittagong
PH. 02 4871 2888

Centrally located in Mittagong, Winifred West Park is a lovely place for a rest stop.

General Information

Toilet Facilities (inc. disabled)
Childrens Gym Playground
Electric BBQ
Parking for coaches on Railway Parade.


Zen Oasis

230 Medway Road, Berrima
PH. 02 4877 1285 /

Zen Oasis - An Oasis of Harmony. Come and enjoy an indulging buffet lunch with family and friends at Zen Oasis or enjoy the gardens for weekends in Spring!
Zen Oasis is situated on the fringe of the beautiful historic village of Berrima. The rustic building, sitting on one hundred acres in the Southern Highlands, was erected in 1948 and is renowned as the Woolshed Restaurant of the Parmenter's family for nearly three decades. It now proudly houses the Zen Oasis Vegetarian Restaurant.

Saturday & Sunday - 1st seating: 11.30 - 1.30pm - 2nd seating 2 - 3.30pm

We offer a healthy and delicious banquet of variety.
BUFFET FOOD (All you can eat):
$35 per adult, $18 per child (4-11 yrs) Under 4 FREE
$28 pp for group bookings of 30 people & over.
Buffet Lunch includes more than 25 varieties of Dim Sum, main courses, drinks & desserts.


From Old Hume Highway at New Berrima, turn onto Medway Road and follow for approx 4km. Zen Oasis is on the right.