Planning Your Visit
- 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.
- McCullough Bridge: this bridge is possibly 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, and unusual natives of the upper mountains.
The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens are open to vehicles from 9:00am to 6:00pm in spring and summer and 9:00am to 4:00pm in autumn and winter, and at all times for pedestrian access, every day of the year. The Entrance Gates are locked to vehicles each day at the times shown.
We are a 2-hour drive west of Sydney, and easy to find—just off the Great Western Highway in Blackheath (see directions below). We're open to visitors all year round.
Coming from Sydney on the Great Western Highway, just after passing Blackheath Railway Station, turn right into Hat Hill Road, turn 2nd left at Inconstant Street, drive to the end, turn right and drive about 100m to the Gardens' Entrance Gates. NB. You can no longer turn right into Sturt Street when driving north.
By rail and on foot:
From Blackheath Railway Station, cross the highway at the pedestrian lights and you’ll see our sign, with a MAP which will show you the way—turn left, walk along the Great Western Highway and turn right into Sturt Street. Follow the signs, turning left into Wentworth Street, which will take a turn to the right at the bottom of the street, and walk until you see our round logo on the sign above the Entrance Gates. It's a pleasant walk.
Car or light-vehicle parking is available in the Gardens' car park, daily from 9.00am to 6.00pm in summer and 9.00am to 4.00pm in winter. The speed limit inside the Gates is 10km/hr. It is one-way traffic, so please follow the arrows. Large Tour Buses need to park outside the Entrance Gates, to the right.
Relish the fresh air, the peace and the beauty. Bring a picnic basket and rug from home...or first stock up on gourmet treats in the village to make your picnic hamper.
The Blackheath village of shops, restaurants, cafes and delis can be found along the Great Western Highway, Govetts Leap Road and Wentworth Street. Also stroll around to explore great fashion, first-rate art galleries, an excellent book shop, crystals, antiques and much more.
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Help protect our Gardens and native flora and fauna by keeping to the walking tracks, and if you bring food—and you're very welcome to picnic—please be tidy and take home rubbish (or use the bins).
Dogs are also welcome but must be on leashes...and please clean up after them. There are 'doggy-bags' at the Information Kiosk as you come in.
We ask you to abide by the rules of the Management Committee—which you will find in one of our showcases in the Information Kiosk or on the Lodge wall—and to appreciate that all work in the Gardens is undertaken by volunteers, who are members of the Blue Mountains Rhododendron Society of NSW Inc.
Blue Mountains Rhododendron Society of NSW Inc. may occasionally reserve any part of the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens for organised events.
Please note: flying of kites, model planes or helicopters, and drones is prohibited at the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens and permission for these activities will not be granted for non-commercial filming.
General visitors: If you are a visitor to the Gardens seeking to document your visit for personal use with photos and filming, no permit is required.
The Gardens are managed and maintained by the Blue Mountains Rhododendron Society of NSW Incorporated, a community of local volunteers (with members throughout Australia). The Society needs to be resourceful about acquiring funds, and carefully frugal with whatever we are able to raise. Very rarely, we may receive aid from the Blue Mountains City Council, but no Government funding.
So we'd really appreciate if, when you visit the Gardens, you make a minimum donation of $5.00, for each visitor into the blue-green Donation Box at the Information Kiosk near the car park. Otherwise...please use this website to donate before you arrive. Thank you.
All work to maintain, improve and expand the Gardens is carried out by volunteers, who meet every Monday—affectionately called the 'MonVols'. We would love you to consider joining us as members.