Gory'u Japanese Gardens

Little Hartley, NSW, 2790

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Gory'u Japanese Gardens is a showcase for a huge variety of Japanese Maples and Conifers of all colours. There are some 28 Japanese Lanterns, 12 Basins, 13 Ornamental Bridges, Waterfall, 4 Suikinkutsu (water harp), Shishi-Odoshi (deer/kangaroo scarer) Moon viewing Platforms, Lake, Stream and exceptional panoramic views towards Sugar Loaf Mountain, Mt York and Hassans Walls. Visit the gardens during our open days and our Maple Springs Nursery open every day.

Special Event - Coming up next

The Gardens 'Hachiman Shrine'

Give yourself an hour or more to discover our typical Japanese inspired gardens containing hundreds of maple varieties around ponds, mini waterfalls, rockeries, stones, gravels and hand-made bridges and islands.Look for The Suikinkutsu X5,
Nakakuguri Gateway,Mt Fuji borrowed scenery,Mt York borrowed scenery,Moon viewing platform,full moon bridge,
'ware, tada taru (wo) shiru', (contented with life)zenigata coin basin .
and the Dragon Stream.

Hachiman 1920's Shrine ex Japan plus
the new 4 Sounded Suikinkutsu  More Info »

Special Event Dates

OctoberWednesday 23 to Thursday 31 8:00AM - 5:30AM
NovemberFriday 01 to Saturday 30 8:00AM - 5:30AM

Opening Times

Gory'u is open from 8.00am to 5:30 pm 7 Days by appointment for 10 or more persons. or just phone before you come!
Enjoy now the Autumn Foliage of the Garden and the magnificent colours of the Japanese Maples.

Entry Fee: $20

Adults $20, Seniors/Pensioners $15
Students $13
Families $40
Schools and Coach groups of 10 or more are offered discount rates and a guided tour of the gardens will be included (bookings essential).
Garden visits outside of advertised open days by appointment only. Maple Springs Nursery is open 7 days 8-6.

Open by Appointment - Click for details
Wedding Venue - Click for details
Nursery - Click for details
Warning: Water in the garden, Uneven surfaces, Not Suitable for children

Location & Contact Info

  • 85 Baaners Ln
  • Little Hartley, NSW, 2790

Note: Please park at the entrance to the property and walk slight hill to the office and information shed to the right and wait for instructions!

Local Climate Zone: 8-9 - Cool Temperate to Alpine

Summer avg. Max: 24°C Winter avg. Min: 2°C
Avg Frost Days:57
Annual Rainfall avg: 1120mm. Summer avg. 361mm.
No. of rainy days: 51 Winter avg. 199mm.

Also open on Thu, 24 October 2019

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Garden Guide

Maple Springs Nursery and Gory'u Japanese Gardens
History and concept of the Gardens
After our search and discovery of vacant acreage in the picturesque Hartley Valley in 1994 we found this site. To us it was obvious that it had the possibility of ...

Maple Springs Nursery Wisteria

At Maple Springs Nursery we have over 250 varieties of Japanese Maples. largest collection in Australia as well as Conifers Trees and shrubs. We specialize in cold climate trees with thousands to choose from. We also stock products for Bonsai's, statues and much much more.  More Info »

Prunus Mt Fuiji Cherry

Magnificent Authentic Japanese Gardens
Over 8.5 Acres of Nursery and Gardens
Covers all 6 of the major elements of a true Japanese Garden
Water,Ornaments,Spaciousness,Borrowed Scenery,piece and Tranquility
Plant material,Bridges etc.
An OASIS IN A DRY CLIMATE a continual work in progress
and only 1 hr from Sydney.  More Info »

I am contented. 'ware, tada taru (wo) shiru'

I am to be contented. 'ware, tada taru (wo) shiru'

The Tsukubai, a stone wash-basin used in the Japanese tea ceremony

Japanese Zen garden design generally featuring distinctive larger rock formations arranged amidst a sweep of smooth pebbles (small, carefully selected polished river rocks) raked into linear patterns that facilitate meditation one of the best viewing points in the GARDEN  More Info »

Nakakuguri Gateway The Gateway to the roji path

The Gateway to the roji path 'Nakakuguri' and to the Nijiriguchi (crawl through doorway)  More Info »

Visitor Comments

Thank you Margaret for your lovely hospitality during our visit last week. We were travelling from Parkes to Sydney and had a beautiful and restful stopover in your magnificent Japanese garden. Thanks so much for opening to the public.
Lynette - September 2019
Wow. We turned up Wednesday afternoon, Sun shining. Alan led us into the the gardens, explaining each feature as we passed. The view across the lake from the Moon Viewing Platform was breathtaking. Autumn had mostly run its course and there were only a few trees exhibiting the brilliant colour that would have been there a week earlier. Must go back in Spring.
Sed - May 2019

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