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To use the Gardens for a commercial film-shoot, or for a not-for-profit association shoot, please email or call the Gardens' Management to discuss requirements (contact details below on website footer).
Please read our Terms & Conditions.

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Gardens venue hiring for Wedding photography or Commercial photography/filming.


  • Application must be made to the Management at the BMRS for permission and paperwork. Book by using the form on this page.
  • You will receive an email to your Inbox with the next steps to finalise your booking.
  • You will receive a receipt for your deposit to your Inbox from Stripe.
  • You will be contacted prior to your event with details on how to make final payment online.
  • Please read Terms & Conditions.



  • Download and print the form
  • Check FAQs
  • Fill it in and send to Bookings.
  • When confirmed, we will give you bank details for the direct debit payment.
  • When confirmed, we will be in contact with you.
  • We will send you a receipt.

Please contact Bookings for more information.

Terms and Conditions

Campbell Rhododendron Gardens' Entrance Gates are opened to vehicles from 9:00am all year round, and are locked at 6:00pm in spring and summer and at 4:00pm in autumn and winter. We are open at all times for pedestrian access, every day of the year.

  • All bookings are subject to availability of the Gardens.
  • Wedding Photography: We request a Donation of $5.00 per person, payable to the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens please. Only the wedding party is permitted to attend.
  • Online Donation payments can be made via the form on this page.
  • Offline Donation payments may be made by cash, cheque, or direct deposit into our account.
  • Commercial Location Photography or Filming: Application must now be made to Management at the BMRS, and permission is at our discretion.
  • The Gardens cannot be closed to the public during the shoot, so you will need to manage this and work around our visitors.
  • Setting up time and packing downtime is to be included in the window of the time you have booked. Please adhere to these times.
  • Campbell Rhododendron Gardens are not liable for circumstances beyond our control such as weather-related issues, flood, fire, acts of nature, road closures or technical problems with transport and energy supply, which may affect the facilities. Should the Gardens be closed due to any such unforeseen events, we shall have to cancel your booking. Campbell Rhododendron Gardens will refund any monies you have paid, but we will not be liable for any direct or indirect loss that you, the Hirer, may have incurred due to the cancellation.
  • The Terms and Conditions are subject to change at any time.
  • Insurance: The photographer in charge must be fully insured for the nature of the work.
    Fire: Due to the nature and potential dangers related to an open fire, no fires are permitted on any account.
  • Noise: You, the Hirer, and your staff /assistants /guests must please adhere to the Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation 2008 which sets limits on the level of noise emissions from musical instruments or amplified sound.
  • Grassed area: No stakes or sharp objects can be driven into the grass as there is a danger of piercing the irrigation system.
    Also, heavy equipment, structures, or furniture must not be placed on the grassed area, under any circumstances. Campbell Rhododendron Gardens endeavours to protect the grass so it is aesthetically pleasing for all guests.
  • Aerial photography: Drones may only be flown in the Gardens by a licensed, professional photographer, having obtained prior permission from the Management Committee.
  • Damage: You, the Hirer, are responsible for the conduct of any assistants /visitors /guests you bring during the hire period, and for any damage caused by any person during the photoshoot. Campbell Rhododendron Gardens hold important plant collections and the cost of any damage will be charged to you.
  • Rubbish removal: The Management Committee will ensure the site you have chosen is tidy and clean. Please remove any rubbish, or leftover food and drink, from the site on the day, and ensures the area is left as immaculate as you found it.

Lost Property:

  • The Management Committee cannot take responsibility for any lost property belonging to you, the Hirer, and your visitors /guests. Any items left behind after your function will be held by the Management for 6 weeks. After this time it will be donated to charity or disposed of. If the Management Committee is required to return any found items to you this will incur a postal charge.


  • Persons enter Campbell Rhododendron Gardens at their own risk.
    Campbell Rhododendron Gardens are not liable for any injury suffered by you, the Hirer, or other persons hired or invited by you to the Property, and arising from participation in any activities on the Property.
  • You, the Hirer, or any other person directly or indirectly associated with you, indemnifies Campbell Rhododendron Gardens against any claims, losses—personal property being lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed—costs and expenses, personal injury, death or permanent disability, arising from your use of the Property.


The entrance to the Gardens is in Bacchante Street, Blackheath. The car park area is available to light traffic only and Applicants are reminded that the Gardens are a public space, open to pedestrians at all times. Suitable parking is also available outside the main Entrance Gates, to the right.

The Entrance Gates are opened to vehicles from 9:00am all year round, and are locked at 6:00pm in spring and summer and at 4:00pm in autumn and winter. Adjustments to these times may be possible on request.

The Gardens have a series of nature walks leading to the valley floor and the Lake, but without vehicle access. The Lookout affords a magnificent overview of the Gardens' valley. Check the Map for ideal locations for photography.

April to May: dazzling autumn displays from deciduous trees followed by camellias.
September to October: spring blossoms and massed-bulbs displays.
October to November: the peak blooming time for rhododendrons and azaleas.

The Gardens are beautiful in different ways all though the year.

The Lodge is not available for hire.

  1. Dick Harris Lookout: named after one of the first Society members, who also has had continuous input into the Gardens since their inception. The Lookout was opened on 27th September 2014 by Graham Ross VMM.
    Another plaque commemorates Ib Sorensen who conceived the idea, selected the land, and then initiated the planting of the Gardens, ably supported by local Blue Mountains nursery-men.
  2. Centenary Walk: this long walking path was established and opened on 23rd March 1985, to mark the centenary of the Proclamation of the Village of Blackheath, and the centennial year of the Blackheath Public School. In all, 134 rhododendrons were planted along the sides of the walk, recorded with the names of many of the older residents of Blackheath.
  3. Stone Bridge: this bridge possibly is the most photographed feature in the valley. It was built by Bob McCullough in 1974, and the lush surrounds are a popular backdrop for wedding photography.
  4. The Lake: construction commenced in 1971 in December, using a generous donation from the Blackheath Festival Committee.
  5. First Official Function: when this work was completed and the lake was full of water, it was officially opened on 23rd September 1972.
    Various dignitaries and organisations planted nine ‘White Pearl’ rhododendrons in the area.
  6. Dr Nick Matheson-Lines Lookout: at the far side of the lake, the lookout was constructed in June 2008, as a special tribute to this major benefactor of the Gardens.
  7. Dr A L North Conifer Garden: in 1984 this Gardens space was established for growing a number of different types of conifers.
  8. Protea Garden: this newest area was officially opened on 21st September 2019. In time, it will feature numerous genera and species of the proteaceae family.
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