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10 & 11  NOVEMBER, 2018


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Planning Your Visit

We welcome buses! This information will help you plan your visit to the Crookwell Garden Festival.


Tickets are available for either:

All-garden ticket purchase options


Single garden ticket purchase

Planning Your Day

There are 10 gardens in all: five in Crookwell township, two in Laggan (north-east of Crookwell), one on the Goulburn (south-east) side of Crookwell and two on the Boorowa (western) side of Crookwell. The furthest travel time from the town outskirts to any garden is approximately 25 minutes. The Garden Lovers Market is also in the town.

When planning your day you may want to decide which gardens you wish to visit and in what order, and where and when you might stop for:

Something to think about: Which gardens do you most want to see? If you plan to see all of them, how can you decrease travel time and maximise garden time and fit in lunch and loo stops as well? The brochure and website and our Facebook Page give descriptions of the gardens to help you decide. Maps are also on our website and hard copies will be available on the weekend.

Last year, those buses arriving on Saturday came first to the Garden Lovers Market to meet with the bus co-ordinator and run through planned itineraries. This worked well and meant that not all buses went off to the same garden at the one time. We are hoping you will consider this as well. In any case, you certainly don’t want to miss the market!

Morning/afternoon tea

Devonshire tea is available at the Gartrell Garden. Light refreshments and a sausage sizzle are available at Willowtree Sculpture Garden. The McDonald and Carroll Garden will have tea, and water is available at the Storrier Garden. Crookwell has several great cafes and restaurants.


Crookwell has a number of cafes and restaurants. Suggestions for group booking for lunch include:

Other cafes in the main street of Crookwell are The Coffee Buzz, Chat-A-Way, Paul’s Cafe and Matt’s Bakery, and the Club Cafe Coffee Lounge.

Booking ahead is very much recommended as, depending on the size of your group and other bookings, seating may be limited.

You may prefer to bring a picnic and have it at one of the local parks.

Something to think about: When in your itinerary might you wish to stop for lunch, such as after the town gardens? Do you need to book?

Toilet breaks

Public toilet facilities are available at:

The National Public Toilet Map can provide your bus driver with precise locations


A Few Other Things

Willowtree Sculpture Garden will have a sculpture exhibition, so you may wish to allow some extra time if you are visiting this garden. Alternatively, if you are staying the weekend, you may wish to come to the opening on Saturday evening when there will be music and refreshments. More information

Crookwell and District Art Gallery will be holding a plant-themed art exhibition at Crookwell Memorial Hall in Denison Street and the library will have a sale of second hand garden books in the same building.

Crystal Brook Lavender Farm will also be open on the Garden festival weekend.

Directions to Crystal Brook

The McDonald and Carroll garden has been established by local tea importers and tea tour operators Mandy and Steve, who have strong links with China and Korea. They have an art gallery and a tea house where they will be holding tea ceremonies throughout the weekend.

If you are looking for accommodation or other places to visit the Upper Lachlan Shire tourism website has lots of information.

Signage and bus parking

All open gardens will have large signs indicating they are open. Out of town gardens will also have signs indicating the route to each garden and that an open garden is ahead. For the market and town gardens, bus parking is on the street. Bus parking for the other gardens will be clearly signposted.

Access/passage around the gardens

Not all of the gardens have absolutely flat access. If you have special access needs, we will do our best to help, but you may wish to have a support person in your group. We can provide specific access advice if you contact us.

How We Can Help

If you are coming with a group, could you please email us the following information as per below? You can cut and paste the questions into an email and send your answers to attention Karin, bus co-ordinator

If you send us this information, it will enable us to assist your group to have the best experience possible.

For bus groups

What is the name of your group?

How many will be coming to the Crookwell Garden Festival (approximately)?

Are you happy to meet a committee member first at the Garden Lover’s market (Saturday) and if so, what time are you expecting to arrive so that we can meet you?

Have you any plans for lunch? Can we help you with a group booking?

Does anyone in your group require mobility support? If they do, can you tell us a little about what is needed?

Would you like us to send you the Festival Brochure to help with itinerary planning? If you would, please tell us where you would like it posted to and how many copies.