In the Beautiful Blue Mountains

Festival 2022
We’re back!

Sat-Tues 1st to 4th October

Waldorf Leura Gardens Resort

Garden No5- Nesuto Leura Gardens, 20-28 Fitzroy Street
Courtesy of Nesuto Leura Gardens

Two gardens will be open during the Festival - the Lady Fairfax and the Margaret Stevens.

Please note there is no charge to view the gardens, however, a donation is requested for attendance at the Music in the Gardens performances held on each of the Festival days.

Lady Mabel Fairfax and her gardener, Hector Hood, worked on this garden from 1927 until the Leura bushfires of 1957. The original house was burnt but much of the garden survived. Lady Mabel asked Hood to make her a garden in the English style including flower borders and it would seem that the English collector was in their minds as the garden contains plants from all over the world.   

The garden contains an English oak, scarlet oak, linden tree, many Japanese maples, rhododendrons and azaleas. The wood under the English beech and silver birch is carpeted with bluebells in spring and there is also a stream and rock pool built by Hood.

The Margaret Stevens Garden is on the first block bought by the resort consortium. Margaret was the wife of one of the consortium members. Much of her garden no longer exists but the Shogetsu cherry, purple leafed maple, weeping elm and large conifers date from her time. She was influenced by the gardens of Japan and introduced Japanese elements including the stone lantern at the rock pool in the Fairfax Garden. 

The Olive Tree restaurant will be open throughout the Festival for light refreshments.

The Nesuto Leura Gardens is operated by the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School at Torrens University Australia.

Directions to the Nesuto Leura Gardens