Next Departure Date: 28 Mar 2019
Member Price (per person): $135
Non Member Price (per person): $155
Tour Duration: 1 Day
Retford Park is a place of great heritage significance. Its European history extends back to grants of land to Edward Riley senior by Governor Macquarie in 1821. The house, built in 1887, is a grand rendered brick Italianate style residence. James Fairfax bought it in 1964 and turned it from an agricultural property to a gentleman’s residence. 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. Surrounding the eastern side of the homestead is a patchwork of hedged gardens showcasing everything from a detailed knot garden and sculptures demanding centre stage.
We depart Queanbeyan and Canberra travelling on the Federal and Hume Highways to Sutton Forest, where we break for a comfort stop, before continuing to Bowral, arriving at Retford Park Estate. Upon arrival we will have a delicious morning tea, consisting of home-made cakes, tea and coffee. After we finish a guide will take us on a tour through both the house and gardens. We then head to the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame for a light lunch and guided tour. We travel back home after an enjoyable day out, commencing drop offs at approximately 5.30pm.Booking Request Download Brochure Terms & Conditions