Next Departure Date: 29 Apr 2019
Member Price (per person): $135
Non Member Price (per person): $155
Tour Duration: 1 Day
The European ownership of Retford Park dates from 1821 when Governor Macquarie granted Edward Riley two parcels of land. The property remained in the Riley family until the 1880s when it was acquired by Samuel Hordern of the respected Hordern family. He named the property Retford Park in recognition of his family links to the town of Retford in England. Retford Park House was completed in 1887. Keen cattle and horse breeders, Samuel Hordern and his son, Sir Samuel Hordern, equipped the home with complete horse and cattle facilities. Following the death of Samuel Hordern III in 1960, the American Company, King Ranch, purchased the property. Over the years architect Espie Dods added architecturally sympathetic extensions to the home and Melbourne landscape architect David Wilkinson contributed the Knot Garden, the Green Room and the Millennium Canal to Retford Park’s tranquil gardens. In April 2016 John Fairfax gifted this historic home to the National Trust of Australia.
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