Last updated 12Jun19

Camellia Garden near Hurdle Creek

The Camellia Garden near Hurdle Creek is located on the true left side of Hurdle Creek, 200m north-west of Nil Desperandum and 120m north-east of the Eucalyptus Still in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

Location: GR 55H FA 74411-78395 (MGA94), Tidbinbilla 8627-2S 1:25000

Camellia garden near Nil Desperandum, October 2011

Visits: 1 Jun 19, 23 Aug 14, 29 Oct 11, 25 Apr 10

Photographs are available.


Geocache site GC3J1B1 No Despair: The garden was first established at the Hurdle Creek side in 1931 as a vegetable garden, it was converted in 1975 by Phillip Gilmour to commercially grow Camellias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas. By 1985 there were 600 camellias growing here. In 1988 when the Commonwealth resumed to entire property they payed a separate $16k to sell the camellias through the Yarralumla Nursery. The 2003 bush fire destroyed most of the gardens plants but they have come back a bit in recent years.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Cultural Resource Survey and Conservation Plan 20 May 1991. David Bulbeck and Philip Boot. Fig 6-31-1. See extracts of the relevant pages in the photos above.