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Mayfield Garden, Oberon, New South Wales


I love gardens and one of my favourites is Mayfield, a two-hour drive inland from where I live. Situated just outside the town of Oberon in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales, Mayfield Garden is a cool-climate garden widely known as one of Australia’s most significant horticultural attractions. Located about 200 kilometres (124 miles) west of Sydney, the garden is positioned within a 2,000-hectare (4,950-acre) working farm.


Owned by the Hawkins family and inspired by the magnificent gardens of Europe, Mayfield was originally a sheep farm. The heart of the property has been gradually transformed – with the help of talented local landscapers and tradespeople – from bare paddocks into one of the largest, privately owned cool-climate gardens in the world.



Mayfield is made up of two main garden areas: Mayfield Garden, specially designed to open year-round (closed only on Christmas Day and Boxing Day) as a tourist destination and covering 16 hectares (40 acres); and the Hawkins Family Garden, an additional 49 hectares (121 acres) of private garden open to visitors for 16 days during each of four seasonal festivals.

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The gardens are open from 9am to 4.30pm and entry prices start at $22.00.


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