E. G. Waterhouse National Camellia Garden is perfect for everything from a Sunday picnic to wedding ceremonies.
International Camellia Garden of Excellence
In March 2014 E.G. Waterhouse National Camellia Gardens was named by the International Camellia Society as an International Camellia Garden of Excellence (Media Release). It is only one of 40 International Camellia Gardens of Excellence in the world and the only such garden in New South Wales.
Visit the International Camellia Society website.
About the gardens
Located in Caringbah and overlooking the beautiful Yowie Bay, Camellia Gardens is a favourite with Shire residents and visitors alike.
The Gardens began as a project under the 1970 Captain Cook Bicentenary program, and the first plantings were made in 1969. They are named after the late Professor EG Waterhouse, a leading world authority on camellias, who lived in Sydney. The garden has grown over the years into its present beauty, in part due to the generous donations by numerous groups and individuals.
View the Draft Landscape Management Plan and Masterplan for the gardens - stage 1 works are underway.
Weddings, ceremonies and picnics
Camellia Gardens is a beautiful location for weddings, ceremonies and picnics..
The gardens contain a national collection of camellias, with over 400 cultivars and species donated and acquired since its first plantings began in 1969, in addition to many other rare ornamental and native plants. The collection is of unique value to Australian horticulture. The Gardens is also a member of the International Camellia Society, a non-profit international organisation devoted to the genus Camellia. The Gardens classifies its collection according to the International Camellia Register, which is maintained by the International Camellia Society. Soon you will be able to explore the Camellia Gardens Register to view this remarkable collection.
Camellia Ark Project
The Gardens is conserving some of the rarest camellia cultivars and species in Australia including botanical and horticultural specimens from China and Japan which can no longer be imported into Australia.
For more on developments go to the Camellia Ark information contained on the Camellias Australia website.
Guided tours and camellia displays
Guided tours are often conducted by volunteers between June and August each year which is the main camellia flowering season at Camellia Gardens.
Further information about guided tours
Walks at the Gardens
The Gardens have something for all seasons. The camellias are in season during autumn and winter. Camellia sasanqua blooms from autumn to early winter early spring followed by Camellia japonica from late autumn right through winter with Camellia reticulata in bloom from mid winter to September/October. During springtime the spring annuals are in bloom, these are followed by roses during the summer months.
A brochure detailing a series of suggested walks that show off many of the garden's best features, is available at the teahouse.
Camellia Gardens Map
Access for people with disability
The establishment of the gardens on a steeply sloping site makes sections inaccessible or difficult to access for people with disability or who have limited mobility. Access is available from the top gates to the lawn and teahouse areas; from the lower gates access is available to the specially designed Senses Garden and to most of the lower sections of the garden. Accessible toilet facilities are available adjacent to the lower entrance, and in the teahouse adjacent to the top gates (which has an MLAK).
There are two playgrounds located within the garden grounds. One is situated near The Teahouse at the top of the gardens while the other is located at the lower section of the gardens near the BBQ area. The lower playground is currently under review for replacement.
The Teahouse is located near the top gates, off President Avenue.
Phone: (02) 9540 2018
Teahouse Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm
Saturday - Sunday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Please note: The Teahouse is operated independently of the gardens, and teahouse staff cannot answer questions about the garden.
Explore the gardens throughout the year
The gardens have something for all seasons
Peace and tranquility at Camellia Gardens
Camellia Gardens at Caringbah