Plan Your Visit
To make the most of your visit to the gardens it's a good idea to spend a little bit of time planning your route.
You should find what you need on this page and the other pages of our website. Contact us if you would like more information. If you are a bus group, we encourage you to contact the bus group coordinator, Michael McCormack, on 0498 321 451. Michael is happy to help in any way.
There are two types of tickets:
All-garden tickets at $20 each, providing access to all nine gardens between 10am and 4pm both days
single-garden tickets at $5 each.
Young people 15 and under are free.
Before the festival
You can buy all-garden tickets online ($20 includes small booking fee).
Crookwell Visitor Information Centre is selling all-garden tickets, as is the shop 'Arcadia' in the main street of Crookwell. Tickets will also be available from the Garden Lovers Market on Saturday 9 November, and at each garden gate over the weekend.
All-garden tickets may also be purchased by mail in advance. Send a cheque made out to 'Crookwell Garden Festival Inc' with a note specifying the number of tickets required, and your name, address and phone number, to:
Crookwell Garden Festival
PO Box 251
Crookwell NSW 2583
If purchasing by cheque, let us know if you want us to mail the tickets to you before the event, or if you will pick them up from the ticket desk at the Garden Lovers Market on Saturday 9 November between 8.30am and 2pm.
During the festival
On the festival weekend, all-garden tickets can be purchased from:
the ticket desk at the Garden Lovers Market
Crookwell Visitor Information Centre from 8.30am Saturday and 9.30am Sunday. There is bus parking around the corner from the centre
each open garden.
Single-garden tickets are available at each garden over the festival weekend.
If you are purchasing single entry tickets at individual gardens you may have to queue. If you are in a group, think of your best ticketing option and, if possible, organise your tickets before you visit the gardens so you don't spend precious time queueing. Find out more about the gardens to help you decide which ones to visit if your time is limited.
Planning your day
Nine gardens are open: five in Crookwell, two within 10 minutes south of the town (Turner Garden and Cummins Garden), one 10 mins south-east of the town (Enid’s Garden), and Moorabinda, which is approximately 30 minutes’ drive north-west of Crookwell.
Most of the roads are sealed but there are short distances of unsealed roads (around 1km on Gorham Road to the Turner Garden and around 13km on Fish River Road to Moorabinda Garden).
You might like to plan toilet breaks, as few gardens are able to offer these facilities. See the gardens at a glance for those that do. Public toilets in Crookwell are located at:
Coleman Park, 203 Goulburn Street near the swimming pool (disabled toilet available)
99 Goulburn Street, next to Crookwell Footwear and near the roundabout. There is a separate disabled toilet that requires a MLAK key. The key is available at the Visitor Information Centre, 36 Goulburn Street, if you do not have one
Kiamma Creek, cnr Robertson and Marsden streets
Memorial Park, cnr Robertson and Spring streets
Crookwell Showground (disabled toilet available) ONLY on Saturday between 8.30am and 2pm while the Garden Lovers Market is open.
Clifton Park, cnr Laggan and McIntosh roads (disabled toilet available)
Lin Cooper soccer fields, cnr Goulburn and Grange roads.
The National Public Toilet Map is also very helpful.
Food and drinks
Refreshments will keep up your stamina. Some gardens will have light refreshments available and possibly lunch boxes. Crookwell IGA in the centre of town, which offers a fabulous range of food, is open Saturday (8am-7pm) and Sunday (8.30am-6pm), as are a number of cafés and bistros. If you are planning to dine in town, this is a very busy weekend and booking ahead is advised.
Suggestions for group bookings for lunch (please book ahead) include:
Café Zestt – 87 Goulburn St Crookwell, 0438 428 988
Criterion Hotel Bistro – 72 Goulburn St Crookwell, 4832 1031
Crookwell Hotel Bistro – 101 Goulburn Street Crookwell, 4832 1016
Crookwell RSL – 160 Goulburn St Crookwell, ph 4832 1265
Pauls Café – 102 Goulburn St Crookwell, 4832 1745
Matt's Bakery also has nice food to take away, and there are classic country pubs that serve food at Laggan and Grabben Gullen. Laggan Pantry is also wonderful but often booked out in advance. Again, booking ahead is advised for all venues, especially for groups.
If you are planning a picnic, there are a number of parks in Crookwell including Memorial Park at 23 Spring Street and Coleman Park at 203-209 Goulburn Street, both with public toilets. Some of the open gardens are also happy for people to bring a picnic.
A few other things
The Visit Upper Lachlan website has lots of information about Crookwell and surrounds, including where to stay, where to eat and places to visit.
You will soon be able to download or view our brochure with garden descriptions, facilities and maps. A printed brochure will also be available on the weekend. If you would like us to mail you some printed brochures before the event, please contact us.