We welcome Coach Tour Groups to our Gardens. If you represent a group of more than 10 people, please let us know that you’re coming, at least 7 days in advance (especially for Open Weeks), by using our Group Booking service. Please read our Terms & Conditions.
- Check the Calendar for Group Bookings to ensure there are no conflicts.
- 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 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 FORM TO BOOK
- Download and print the form
- Check FAQs
- Check the Calendar for Group Bookings to ensure there are no conflicts.
- Fill it in and email back.
- 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.
Note that there is an influx of visitors to the Gardens during our Open Weeks, for 5-6 weeks between early-October and mid-November. Please check our Calendar.
Once we have received your request we will contact you to confirm your booking.
Terms and Conditions
Campbell Rhododendron Gardens parking is open to small Coach Tour Vehicles from 10:00am to 4:00pm, and at all times for Pedestrian access, every day of the year. Large coaches are asked to please park in the designated space near the Entrance Gates.
During the 5-6 Open Weeks between early-October and mid-November (check Calendar each year for dates), there is a Booking Payment of $12.00 per person, which includes our famous Aussie Cream Tea (coffee/tea & scone) and an Entrance Donation to the Gardens.
An initial deposit—50% of the total Booking Fee—is payable to secure the Rhodo Tea Room booking on your requested date. The final 50% balance is payable one month prior to your group’s booked date. If you have more guests on the booked date, the extra amount can be paid by cash.
There is a free coffee/tea for the Coach Driver.
The deposit will be forfeited if a cancellation is made less than 30 days prior to the booked date. Any cancellation will incur a 20% administration fee, and the balance will be reimbursed within 4 weeks. If cancellation is made earlier, the deposit will be refunded in full. But no second postponement will be permitted.
For Coach Tours at any other time, the Booking Payment is $5.00 per person (no tea). The 50% Booking Fee deposit, and 20% administration cancellation fee will still apply.
- Fire: Due to the nature and potential dangers related to an open fire, the lighting of fires is not permitted on any account.
- Noise: You and your guests must please to 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.
- Aerial photography: If appropriate, drones may only be flown in the Gardens by a licensed, professional photographer, having obtained prior permission from the Management Committee.
- Damage: As the Hirer, you are responsible for the conduct of any visitors /guests during the visit period, and for any damage caused by any person during the tour. Campbell Rhododendron Gardens hold important plant collections and the cost of any damage will be charged to you.
- Cleaning: Please remove any rubbish, or leftover food and drink, from the site on the day, and ensure the area is left as immaculate as you found it.
- 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, but NOT to very large Tour Buses. Suitable parking is available outside the main Entrance Gates, to the right.
Applicants are reminded that the Gardens are a public space, open to pedestrians at all times. 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.
The Gardens have a series of nature walks leading to the valley floor and the lake, but with limited disabled access. The Lookout affords a magnificent overview of the Gardens' valley for those not able to walk far. There are many tranquil and beautiful areas that can be enjoyed throughout the year.
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 Lodge is only open for Coach Tour Bus guests for tea during our Open Weeks, if you have made a booking. These are 5-6 weeks of the year from early-October to mid-November. Please check our Calendar each year for exact dates and book via our website. The Lodge is not available at any other time.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Lake: construction commenced in 1971 in December, using a generous donation from the Blackheath Festival Committee.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dr A L North Conifer Garden: in 1984 this Gardens space was established for growing a number of different types of conifers.
- 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.