Lisgar Gardens

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Lisgar Road, Hornsby

(02) 9847 6791


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 Lisgar Gardens

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 8:00 am until 3:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday
EST 10:00am to 4:00pm
DST 10:00am to 5:00pm



Getting there and parking

Due to restricted parking in Lisgar Road, visitors to the gardens are asked to park in surrounding streets such as William Street.

Access by car, or a 1 kilometre walk from Hornsby railway station. Access to the gardens is via steps or inclinator from Lisgar Road only.

About the gardens

Lisgar Gardens covers an area of 2.6 hectares (6.5 acres) in Lisgar Road, Hornsby.

The site was originally purchased in 1917 by Dr. Max Cotton (1887-1967) from his brother Leo, specifically for the purpose of creating the gardens. In 1967, Hornsby Shire Council purchased the property, naming it Lisgar Gardens. The gardens were opened to the public on 21 September, 1968.

Built on a steep hillside, the gardens’ different levels were created by the construction of sandstone block walls. By 1950 the gardens were planted with rhododendrons, azaleas, gardenias and other exotics in harmony with native trees and ferns, highlighting the eighty varieties of camellias.

Some of the original camellias still exist in the gardens today and are now over sixty years old. Since Council purchased the site, the work commenced by Max Cotton has continued.

The gardens now boast over ninety varieties of camellias, mass plantings of annuals in the formal gardens, a covered pavilion for weddings and other celebrations, a shade house containing the fish ponds, a gazebo, three waterfalls, informal lawn areas, picnic tables and a rainforest walk.

Lisgar Gardens

Things To Do

  • Enjoy the formal gardens and annual displays
  • Weddings


  • Disabled access via inclinator by prior appointment
  • Toilets
  • Benches
  • Covered pavilion for weddings and christenings

Hire of the gardens (limit of 3 hours for all bookings)

Lisgar Gardens can be booked for:

  • Weddings, naming ceremonies and other celebrations
  • Group excursions and garden inspections for large groups
  • Professional photography and filming


Fees and charges


Friends of Lisgar Gardens

The Friends of Lisgar Gardens is a volunteer group which aims to ‘promote, protect and enhance’ Lisgar Gardens and to increase visitation to the gardens. The friends also assist Council by staffing the gardens on weekends with members volunteering on a roster system to greet visitors and help with enquiries. Monthly meetings are held and your attendance is always welcome. Please contact Council for further details. Each year the Friends of Lisgar Gardens organise the Teddy Bears’ Day Out in March and Camellia Gala Day in winter.

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