Mayfield Gardens, Oberon

Mayfield Gardens, Oberon Credit: Mayfield Gardens

Mayfield Gardens is one of those places I’ve always heard people rave about, though it’s convenient location near home in the Central West had me popping it in the “it will always be there” basket. Now that I’ve been there, I wish I had visited sooner!

Open 363 days of the year (except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day), the beautiful gardens have so much to offer for the whole family and you can tailor the visit to suit your group of people. They are a wonderful source of inspiration to see what grows well in our Central West climate for your own home garden.

Taking the kids?

The maze, the aviary, and the flying fox are a must do!

Just be sure to check out the Mayfield Gardens website as some activities are only open at certain times of the year. There are also some areas of the garden which are mobility friendly and are suitable for prams. It can be a bit of a walk for the little ones so be sure to pack enough water to get through the morning. There’s no doubt you’ll be hungry and ready for a rest after all that fun so pack a picnic lunch or grab some takeaway from the café and enjoy it in the picnic area.

Going with your girlfriends?

Make sure you book ahead and enjoy breakfast or lunch in the café. If it is beautiful weather, then definitely opt for outside seating and enjoy a glass of bubbles and the sharing cheese board. The Water Garden offers a serene walk to finish off the morning, just be sure to leave the heels at home.

Going with your partner?

You’ll want to take the boardwalk around to the jetty and enjoy a relaxing row on the lake. Refueling is not a worry with the ‘Big Daddy Beef Burger’ on the café menu. Mayfield gardens are also dog friendly, so bring a leash and your furry friends can join you on your stroll through the gardens.


For an adult, the cost is $35.00 pp during the festival seasons and $20.00 pp outside of the festival weeks. Also be sure to ask about the school holiday workshops for kids.

It is worthwhile booking in advance. There are discounts for locals (Oberon, Bathurst and Lithgow) during the festival seasons so ensure you enquire when booking.

Tips on bathrooms;

There are four located in the gardens;

  1. At the cafe on entry
  2. At the Croquet court (sometimes there is a water station open to fill bottles)
  3. The Chapel
  4. The Amphitheatre

Where are they located?

Located 10km out of Oberon Mayfield Gardens is a short 35- minute drive from Bathurst or an 80- minute drive from Orange.

530 Mayfield Road, Oberon



Karina Natoli

Karina has lived in Bathurst for over 10 years, since moving from Sydney with her family as a teenager. She completed her studies at Charles Sturt University and now works as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in Bathurst & Orange. Karina enjoys the sense of community that comes from living and working in the Central West and loves spending her weekends being active and relaxing at local cafés.

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