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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Published August 11th 2014
Visit this award winning garden
I recently came across a stunning garden in the Adelaide Hills. Stangate House is a beautifully unique heritage property in Aldgate - just 10 minutes up the freeway in the Adelaide Hills.

Stangate House, Adelaide Hills
Stangate House (©paula mcmanus)

The house was built in the 1940's by Reverend Raymond Cornish and his wife Gwyneth. It was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1966.

In the 1970's the Camellia Society took over the gardens. They removed blackberries and unwanted pine trees and planted an amazing array of camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and other bulb plants.

Camellia, Stangate House (©paula mcmanus)

The dedication and constant hard work by the team of volunteers have seen the gardens receive the prestigious title of "Camellia Garden of Excellence".

Stangate House is 1 of only 4 internationally recognised Camellia Garden of Excellence in Australia, and 1 of only 35 in the world.

The gardens are also home to Australia's largest oak tree - it is magnificent! Legend has it that it grew from an acorn bought to Australia from Sherwood Forest. It was planted in 1838 (approximately) by a miner who was camping beside the creek; he was on his way to the Echunga gold mines and was feeling homesick.

Australia's largest oak tree
Australia's largest oak tree, Stangate House, Aldgate (©paula mcmanus)

Any season would be great to visit this garden. The gardens would provide cool and welcome shade in the summer, the colours of autumn would be breathtaking and a walk around the garden then sitting by the warm open fire in the cold winter months would make Stangate House a great spot for an outing all year round.

But, in my opinion, spring is obviously the best season of the year to visit. The flowers are blooming with great variety and colour, and it's such a pretty and leisurely walk in amongst the hundreds of different varieties. The well kept and easily managed walking paths take you on a delightful journey through the garden.

Demi-tasse camellia
Demi-tasse camellia (©paula mcmanus)

Stay for a while and then pop into the house to sit by the open fire and enjoy a scone with jam and cream and fresh ground coffee.

scones with jam and cream

Stangate House is available for private hire for indoor and outdoor functions and is an ideal spot for a garden wedding.


Stangate House and the camellia garden are open on the 4th Sunday of every month from 1pm to 4pm (weather and other bookings permitting). Check their Facebook page for news on their upcoming open days and definitely put it on your list of places to visit.

To see the garden at it's prettiest, the Camellia Society hold an open day every Sunday in the month of September.


$5 per person, under 14 free

Stangate House, Adelaide Hills
Stangate House (©paula mcmanus)


Coming from Adelaide via the South Eastern Freeway:

Take the Stirling / Aldgate exit. Drive through Stirling and a few minutes later the road will bring you to Aldgate.

Pass under the Railway Bridge and turn hard right at the next corner before Aldgate Village. This is Euston Rd.
The Aldgate railway station is on your right and directly opposite is the Stangate Garden.

The Euston Road gate is open only on special occasions but if you should find it closed then drive on and turn left into Edgeware Road. The main entrance is just past the corner.


If you're into Geocaching, you'll have another reason to visit. The location and terrain are easy enough for anyone to go cache hunting and also enjoy this beautiful garden.

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Why? Visit this world class garden
When: Open on the 4th Sunday of every month
Phone: 0408 081 124
Where: 3 Edgeware Road, Aldgate
Cost: $5 per person, under 14 are admitted for free
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