The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens
An Australian National Treasure
(as named by the Traveller Australia 2011 magazine)
Our ‘Open Days’ for 2014 are to be from Friday 3rd October to Monday 10th November inclusive. The Lodge will once again be open with our famous Devonshire Teas, our own 2015 calendar and other souvenirs for sale.
A new feature in the Gardens this year is our newly completed Lookout situated below the Lodge. This has been constructed to allow visitors with mobility problems to obtain stunning views of the Gardens, down to the valley and the lake, and across the valley to the banks of Rhododendrons with the native bushland behind. The far end of the level Lookout platform is about 6 metres above the ground which slopes down into the valley. Rhododendrons and natives have been planted around the Lookout so that eventually it will blend into the landscape.
Note that the Gardens are open to visitors every day of the year.
Cars can park inside the grounds between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm daily (6:00 pm during the Open Days), when the gates are open, with some disabled car parking spaces always available. Visitors can also park outside the gates and walk in at any time.
Blackheath Rhododendron Festival
During the months of October and November various activities under the auspices of the Rhododendron Festival Committee take place at various venues in Blackheath. Here is the link to the Rhododendron Festival website:-
- Link to Mike Chirgwin’s short film – “A Garden Of Rare Delights”
- Link to Mike Chirgwin’s slideshow – “Blackheath Seasons”
About the Gardens
The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens were created in 1970 on 18.5 hectares (45 acres) of Australian bushland, 1065 metres above sea level at the northern end of Blackheath, in the beautiful Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia.
It is managed and maintained by the Blue Mountains Rhododendron Society of NSW Incorporated, a community organization of volunteers with members throughout Australia.
It is a garden unique in the world – no other garden has attempted to plant exotics underneath their existing native bush on such a large scale.
The gardens have a series of nature walks leading to the valley floor and the lake, with limited disabled access – most of the paths from the Lodge are bitumen, as is the service road through the valley. The rest, including all the paths on the far side of the valley, are in a natural state and have a varying number of steps to be negotiated. The most colourful months are:
- April-May: spectacular autumn displays from deciduous trees followed by camellias.
- September-October: spring blossoms and massed bulbs displays.
- October-November: peak blooming time for rhododendrons and azaleas.
But we’re open every day of the year! It has many tranquil areas that can be enjoyed throughout the year.
We look forward to welcoming you in our Gardens. Dogs on leashes are welcome, but please clean up after them. This is not a dog off-leash park.
Children love playing in the Gardens, particularly in the Spring and Summer.
Admission is by Gold Coin donation at the Car Park.
The Society raises all of its own funds and receives no government funding, so it is important that when you do visit the Gardens you make a donation of a $1 or $2 coin (or more!) for each visitor into the Donation Box in the Car Park next to The Lodge inside the Gardens. All work to maintain, improve and expand the Gardens is carried out by volunteers – perhaps you would like to Join Us.
You are welcome to attend our General Meetings, which are held on the 3rd Saturday in February, April, June, August, September and December at 2pm in The Lodge in the Gardens.
Residents of other countries are encouraged to join the Society and support our activities and then visit the Gardens when you tour Australia.