Numbaa, NSW, 2540


Merribee's garden spans seven acres of sensory splendour. Since purchasing the property in 2000, it's been an evolving masterpiece for Lucy and Richard Marshall. Plant life flourishes in this coastal land, and well over 10,000 buxus have been planted into complex hedged and topiary gardens. There are formal highly fragrant rose gardens, a lavender paddock with many 1000 lavender bushes, and twenty 'garden rooms'. Come and visit us on Wednesdays from 10am - 3pm.

Opening Times

Normally open every Wednesday from 10am - 3pm. Private tours can be arranged by appointment for groups to have a tour of the gardens with our Head Gardener Andrew Davidson, with morning or afternoon tea served with freshly baked cake. You'll meet Lucy and Richard Marshall also, owners of Merribee. Cost is $22.50 per person, with a minimum of $200 per group.

Entry Fee: $6

Children under the age of 12 are free.

Warning: Water in the garden

Location & Contact Info

  • 660 Comerong Island Road
  • Numbaa, NSW, 2540

Note: from Sydney 2.5 hours: south on the A1/M1 Princes Hwy, past Wollongong, Albion Park, Kiama, Berry and Bomaderry, cross the Shoalhaven River, past the helicopter, turn next left into Moss St, to Terara & Numbaa Continue 6.6 km. Parking available for 60 cars. Also available for buses.

Local Climate Zone: 10 - Warm Temperate

Summer avg. Max: 26°C Winter avg. Min: 8°C
Avg Frost Days:0
Annual Rainfall avg: 1152mm. Summer avg. 332mm.
No. of rainy days: 51 Winter avg. 238mm.

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Garden Guide

Established in 1850 - a short history.

Merribee's kaleidoscope of a garden features 2km of pathways that weave through some of the most diverse plantings of trees, shrubs and plants in Australia.

The botanical rooms of this 19th-century estate ...

The Inaugural Lavender Festival!!

Our Lavender Paddock come back to life and is a gorgeous deep purple! We are holding a Lavender Festival from 27 December 2020 to 10 January 2021 and will be open every day!

The DAISY KIOSK will be open ever morning from 10am serving barista-made coffee and cakes, baguettes and icecreams, and will convert to the SUNSET BAR from 5pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

There will be a wide range of activities and workshops available during the Festival:

*. Join a fabulous SUNSET PRIVATE HARVEST AND WINE/CHEESE EVENING WITH OUR HEAD GARDENER and feel like you are harvesting in Provence!
* Learn how to make an ELIZABETHAN LAVENDER BOTTLE and keep a 500-year old tradition alive
* Create a fabulous LAVENDER WREATH in a 3-hour class.
* Join Merribee's Beekeeper, Dave West, in an INTENSIVE (day-long) BEEKEEPING CLASS and learn everything you need to go home and be able to start tending your own beehive.
* Participate in an early morning YOGA CLASS in the garden before eating a healthy breakfast under the trees.
* Become the birdwatching expert in your family after participating in a BIRDWATCHING CLASS with our Head Gardener, Andrew Davidson (for ages 8-13)
*Join LAVENDER CRAFT SESSIONS to make Lavender Bottles (for children).

Please look at our web page for more details at  More Info »

The Parterre Garden

There are in excess of 10,000 boxwood bushes planted throughout Merribee's gardens. This picture shows one of the smaller gardens, the Formal Parterre Garden. You are able to wander through numerous formal garden rooms, several different Rose Gardens, the hedged Potager Garden, the Secret Garden, the Cottage Garden, Crepe Myrtle Walk, the Edible Garden, the Lavender Paddock, the White Garden, Bunya Bunya Copse, into the Whimsical Garden, filled with topiary of animals and different shapes, the hydrangea gardens, the flower picking paddocks, down the formal alleys, along 2km of gravel paths, and finish up at the adjoining hedging, topiary and rose nursery.
The grounds display an embarrassment of earthly riches - the fragrances waft from every nook and cranny, the birdlife is as vibrant as the garden's rainbow palette and the edible fruits range from mango, guava and apple to pomegranate, banana and an abundance of citrus. The estate is also home to beehives that yield the sweetest Merribee honey.  More Info »

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