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Guided Garden Tours

Come and have a free guided tour of our historic gardens with our resident gardener Liz Riley.

Tours start from the entrance to the Lady Fairfax garden at 10am every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Waldorf Leura Gardens Resort is returning to the Leura Garden Festival this year after an absence of some time. This is an original festival garden. The Lady Fairfax Garden was created by Paul Sorensen for Lady Mabel Fairfax in 1933 and Sorensen Nurseries were involved in the care of the gardens until the 1980s. The garden is entered along a gravel path or down the original ironstone steps into a grove of oaks and conifers underplanted with azaleas, camellias, brunnera, bergenia, epimedium and hellebores. An old radiate pine has recently died in this area and we are in the process of developing a rustic garden using the huge rounds cut from the radiate trunk.

The ironstone path leads towards an original lawn, looking out across the Sorensen stone wall towards the Leura golf course fairway. Around this lawn are planted azaleas, camellias, roses, fushcias, nandina and a very old Luculia gratissima. Climbing on the wall of the original Fairfaz residence, now the Olive Tree Restaurant, is wisteria and star jasmine. Planted below the wall are Magnolia Stellata, flowering currant, cumquats and an original pieris. The second lawn contains the magnificent linden tree or English lime, and a Caucasian fir.

A stream begins under the linden and trickles down to the lovely Rockpool Garden built and planted by Paul Sorensen. Beyond the linden is a deciduous grove carpeted with bluebells and planted with a copper beech, silver birch, dogwoods, rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas. The stairs up from the linden lead to a terrace containing forsythia, hydrangeas, deutzia, prunus ‘Elvins’ and two  deciduous conifers, the Swamp Cypress and the Dawn Redwood. The garden entrance can be accessed from here by crossing the Olive Tree Patio and proceeding around the pool or by returning along the stone paths. The Olive Tree Restaurant will be open throughout the festival for breakfast, morning tea, light lunch and afternoon tea.

For more information on the Leura Gardens Festival, please visit

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

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20-28 Fitzroy Street,
Leura, NSW 2780

Tel: (02) 4784 4000


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