One of the world’s largest, privately owned cool-climate gardens, Mayfield Garden extends over 14 acres (16 hectares) within a 4,940-acre (2,000-hectare) working farm. The garden offers lush scenery and many pathways, nooks, and crannies to explore. Since opening to visitors, it has also become an entertainment hub, hosting regular events.
Mayfield Garden’s design was inspired by the classic gardens of Europe. Visitors can explore at their own pace. Highlights include the Copper Tree Fountain (sourced from the Chelsea Flower Show), the Grotto (a cascading waterfall you can walk behind), Obelisk Pond, an allée of London Plane trees, and the 2.5-acre (1-hectare) Water Garden. You can also enjoy the seasonal farm-to-table breakfast and lunch menu at the Mayfield Cafe, where 80 percent of produce is grown on-site.
Things to Know Before You Go
Mayfield Garden is a must-visit for families and nature lovers.
A path provides access to both the upper and lower levels of the garden for those using wheelchairs or strollers.
Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash.
It is advisable to wear closed walking shoes and (in summer) a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
How to Get There
Mayfield Garden is located in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales. It’s just under a 3-hour drive from Sydney, 40 minutes from Bathurst, and 10 minutes from Oberon. There is no public transport, but if you don’t have a car, you can visit as part of a tour.
When to Get There
The garden is open 363 days a year (closed on December 25 and 26), from 9am until 4:30pm; last entry is at 3pm. From the blooming water lilies of summer and golden colors of autumn to the deciduous tree structures of winter and the lushness of spring, the garden is an attractive destination year-round.
Hawkins’ Family Garden
The 120-acre (49-hectare) Hawkins’ Family Garden is a private area beyond Mayfield Garden and home to one of the largest English box hedge mazes in Australia. It is only open to the public a few days a year. The entire garden is open during Mayfield’s autumn and spring festivals, while 50 acres (20 hectares) are open for the summer and winter festivals.