Recently, we met up with friends at E.G Waterhouse National Camellia Gardens. This was the first time we had visited the gardens, and it was amazing. The gardens began back in 1970 as a Captain Cook Bicentenary project and named after the late Professor E.G Waterhouse, who was an expert on camellias.
Camellia Gardens overlook Yowie Bay and are located at the corner President Avenue and Kareena Road, Caringbah, in the Sutherland Shire.
Our friends have young children, and we sat at the picnic tables next to the children’s playground near the Tea House, had a coffee and chatted. What an ideal way to spend a Sunday afternoon and the children were kept occupied, having fun on the play equipment.
We then bought some duck food from the Teahouse and went down to the duck pond to feed the ducks. The garden is an ideal place to go for a walk, there are paths that lead through the gardens and the park has a lovely relaxing atmosphere.
The Teahouse is located near the top gates and over looks the gardens and is open for breakfast and lunch. Enjoy a Devonshire or High Tea, The Teahouse caters for special dietary needs and there is also takeaway foods.
Camellia Gardens is an ideal location for a garden wedding. There are four stunning areas in the park available for ceremonies and photography, the gardens make for a beautiful backdrop in photos. The gardens are also popular for christenings and naming ceremonies. All ceremonies and related photography need to be booked through Sutherland Shire Council.
Camellia Gardens Amenities
There are two playgrounds at Camellia Gardens one located next to the Teahouse and the other near the BBQ area. There are picnic tables, bench seats and toilets. For people with a disability, there are toilet facilities adjacent to the lower entrance and in the Teahouse adjacent to the top gates, which has an MLAK lock.
Entry, Parking, Transport and Directions
Entry to the gardens and parking is free. There are two car parks, the upper car park is off President Avenue and the lower car park off Karrena Road. There is also transport by train and bus services, visit NSW TransportInfo – Camellia Gardens.
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