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You don’t have to be a garden buff to enjoy the beautiful Gardens.

With over 8 hectares of natural, outdoor space, it is perfect for enthusiasts, family outings, social groups, guided tours parties and business functions. Or maybe just take time out for a stroll in the fresh air. There is no charge for admission to the Gardens but please note that fees and advance bookings are required for the Guided Tours and commercial hire.

Book a tour 

We have a choice of three Guided Tours for groups of 10 or more. Select the Gardens, History or Sculpture Tour for your garden club, social club, school group or simply a group of friends – it’s a great day out! A guided tour gives you a fascinating insight into Mt Penang Parklands and Gardens. View the Mt Penang Tours brochure for more information. 

Bookings are essential

Guided tours take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. We allocate one guide per 10-15 visitors, with a minimum of ten people required per booking. Tour booking rates apply. Please provide at least 30 days notice to ensure our Blue Thumb Volunteers are available, as they operate on a monthly roster.

  • Gardens Walking Tour

    There is something in flower during every season at Mt Penang Gardens. Take a guided tour of the Gardens with our Blue Thumb volunteers. Groups are provided with factual information about the design of the gardens, the use of water, seasonal highlights and of course great tips to use in home gardens.

    The tour takes approximately 1.5 - 2 hours with a number of rest stops along the way. The paths are mostly suitable for flat easy walking, with some alternative routes for walking frames/wheel chairs. There is no motorised transport available within the gardens. Tour times can be shortened or lengthened to suit your timetable.

    Download the Booking Form 
  • Wondabyne Sculpture Tour

    In 1987 international and Australian sculptors came together at Wondabyne, a small, picturesque train stop on the backwaters of the Hawkesbury River for the first Australian International Sculpture Symposium in stone. Initiated by Australian sculptor Lawrence Beck, the finished sculptures were handed over to the people of the Central Coast.

    In 2003, it was decided by RailCorp to move the sculptures to Mt Penang. This new beginning adds a major cultural and historical asset to the heritage of the region.

    Guided tours of Sculpture Symposium I and Symposium II feature ample time for reflection along the way.

    Read more

    Download the Wondabyne Sculpture Symposia brochure.

    Download the Booking Form


  • 'A Moment in Time' Historical Bus Tour

    If the weather is bleak or your tour group is not mobile, we offer a heritage tour that can be taken around the Mt Penang site from the comfort of your own coach.

    Operating for nearly 100 years as a facility for juvenile offenders, Mt Penang Parklands has a very rich story to tell. Let us take you on a historical journey from the days of old when the site was chosen as the Gosford Farm Home for Boys. From a tent city to a working farm with prize winning cattle and a burgeoning trade school, this tour brings the voices of the past to life with interesting stories, anecdotes and vivid imagery. 

    While ‘A Moment in Time’ is a coach tour, it is available as a walking tour upon request. Groups will need to be physically fit, as the tour covers approximately four kilometres. 

    Download the Booking Form


Mt. Penang Guided Tours provide wonderful experiences for social clubs, church groups, school groups, international students, groups of friends and tourist groups. Contact us for more information by calling (02) 4340 1002.

Download the form 

Print out and complete the form then mail or email it back to us. We’ll be in touch shortly. 

 

Mail:

Property & Event Manager

Mt Penang Garden, Parklands and Event Park

PO Box 7120 

Kariong, NSW 2250

 

Email: info@ccrdc.nsw.gov.au

Phone: (02) 4340 1002 or 1 300 304 676

Fax: (02) 4340 1115


Once we receive your booking form, we will contact you within 2 working days on receipt of your booking.


Visit the café 

Open daily from 8:30am-4:30pm 

Situated at the entryway to Mt Penang Gardens, the Waterfall Café overlooks the magnificent water cascade gardens and provides light meals and morning or afternoon tea.

Enjoy a family-friendly menu ranging from gourmet sandwiches and salads to sweet treats and snacks. 

For more information visit www.waterfallcafe.com.au or call (02) 4340 1660.

 

Enjoy a picnic

Open grassy spaces, shady trees and a fun puddle garden make Mt Penang Gardens a lovely place for a free family picnic. Bring a blanket, play games, read a book and enjoy nature.

There are three picnic tables available near the Wondabyne Sculpture Symposium I.

Amazing photography

We welcome photography enthusiasts to take advantage of the myriad opportunities offered by over a thousand plant varieties, water features, native birds and butterflies and open vistas. There is no cost for amateur photographers but you must stay on the paths and not disturb the plants and collections.

Fees apply for commercial and wedding photography.

watch the birds

Large dams and cascading waterways make Mt Penang Gardens home to a variety of ducks and waterfowl. If you are a bird watcher, bring your binoculars as the different garden spaces provide a variety of habitats.

 

Hire the gardens

Mt Penang Gardens are a beautiful environment for hosting a range of private functions for birthdays, weddings, business and group get togethers. It is also available as location hire for professional photography and film making. Read the Mt Penang Garden Fee Schedule

See the Wondabyne sculptures on show

Within the Gardens you will find a fascinating outdoor sculpture exhibition on perpetual display. Created in 1987 by a group of international sculptors at waterside Wondabyne, these massive artworks carved from Gosford sandstone were handed over to the people of Australia as a bicentennial gift from the artists. There is no cost for general admission to the Gardens.

Read more

Download the Wondabyne Sculpture Symposia brochure.




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