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Redbrow Garden a unique Australian rural getaway...

Redbrow Garden

A unique Australian farmstay getaway near Canberra…

Where your hosts are the original owners of the property David and Elisabeth who bought a bare sheep paddock with a dream in 1997 and developed the oasis retreat it has become in 2016.

We are also thankful for the valuable contributions of a number of management teams who have helped to maintain our reputation and look after our guests in our absence over the years including Paula, Suna, and Patrick, Gillian and family.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of our business is meeting so many interesting people with amazing life stories and the coincidences in life. One of our recent guests had a First Fleet convict ancestor on the same ship as one of David's ancestors.

We have welcomed many people from Australia and Oversees since 2004 with common interests and the enduring concept of '3 degrees of separation' continues to amaze us.

Our backgrounds and interests are diverse and we look forward to chatting with guests should they wish.

Elisabeth is originally from Holland where she trained as a Pediatric Nurse and Midwife. After travelling across Africa in the late 70s we were married in Holland and moved to Australia in 1979. Elisabeth continued nursing in Australia in Sydney, Cairns and Canberra retiring from John James hospital in 2004.Elisabeth is a keen bushwalker having recently walked 400 kilometres across England. Her other recent exploits include walking in Finland, Norway,New Zealand, Tasmania and the many great walks of Canberra's Centennial Trail. Also check out some of Elisabeth's cross stitch handy work hanging in some of the rooms.

David's ancestry goes back to the bottom deck of the 'Scarborough' as part of the First Fleet and was brought up in Western NSW before attending Hawkesbury Agricultural College and managing cocoa and copra plantations on Bougainville Island in the 1970s. Our businesses have also included planning and escorting adventure travel groups to Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, China and Japan before returning to University and teaching and farming. David also worked with Aboriginal communities in Central Australia and has recently been accredited as a Volunteer Guide at the Australian National Botanic Gardens
Do we have anything in common?

Our accommodation options include:

All surrounded by an inspiring lakeside garden and wildlife refuge and described by some of our guests as:

'From exhausted soil and paddock to abundant ecologies, an example for us all and a privilege to spend time here.'

R - Romantic Getaway
E - Evening sky filled with stars or lit up by the moon
D - Daffodils, Ducks on the lake, Dozing in front of the fire

B - Berries on the vine
R - Roaming Redbrow's bushland
O - Out of the hustle and bustle of the city of Canberra
W - When can we come again

More information

Created and managed by owners David and Elisabeth Judge, Redbrow Garden is a multi award winning oasis between the suburb of Hall, on the outskirts of Australia’s National Capital, Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the Murrumbateman cool climate wine region.

Located 20 minutes drive from Canberra north, and close to many acclaimed wineries and renowned restaurants, Redbrow Garden is an ideal retreat for discerning Capital Country locals or Australian and international visitors to the Canberra region.

Our every aim is to ensure your comfort and enjoyment while you share the delights of Redbrow Garden and the local area with us.

Be assured that Redbrow Garden is a unique and special oasis but to avoid disappointment, please be sure that you are not seeking to replicate a 5 star city hotel experience.

Our "facilities" include the peace and tranquility of the surroundings , the enjoyment of a walk hand in hand, a game of tennis or a row on the lake. Numerous indoor and outdoor areas are set aside allowing for privacy or mingling with other guests.

If you are unsure of any aspect of your visit please do not hesitate to speak with us before making a reservation.


Location map on 'Canberra location' page of this website. Do not rely totally on Google maps or your GPS. Please remember too that driving in rural areas is very different to driving in suburbia particularly in relation to distances, night driving, wildlife, fuel outlets, availability of food outlets and their opening and closing times, mobile phone reception etc.
Contact us: 02 6226 8166 email:

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Things to do and see

Redbrow Garden is a 20 minute drive through scenic farmland to Australia's national icons including the National Museum, Australian War Memorial and the National Gallery.

It can also simply be the place for you to relax, rejuvenate and unwind. Take an early morning bushwalk to hear the songsters of the Australian bush, pick in season berries and fruit from the extensive garden or float silently amongst the reeds on the lagoon. Lounge lazily with a good book in a garden nook or converse with the farm's inquisitive alpacas, Pedro and Amigo.


Visit the regions acclaimed cool climate wineries which produce an amazing selection of Reisling, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Voignier, Cabernet Sauvingnon and Merlot vintages. Canberra Wineries
or see what James Halliday thinks of the district's better wines. James Halliday's assessments.

Canberra Guided Tours

Evening Meals

Redbrow Garden does not have a restaurant, however a large kitchen is available to guests as well as a garden BBQ area. Most guests are thrilled by their dining experiences at award winning regional restaurants and cafes nearby. The Murrumbateman Pub also serves a great selection of meals..

If arriving after 7.30 pm (please advise us if that is the case),it is advisable to have dinner en route or utilise our facilities as local dining options can be limited due to closing times, available tables etc.

Try following great food destinations; Poachers Pantry ☎ 6230 2487, Grazing ☎ 6236 8777, The Green Herring ☎ 6230 2657, Flint at Shaw Vineyard ☎ 6227 5144, The Cork Street Cafe ☎ 6236 8217

For tourist information try;

Local Produce

The Canberra and Capital region has an extraordinary selection of wines, cheeses, olive products, organic fruit and vegetables, smoked meats, chocolates, preserves, lavender products to name but a few.Visit the Canberra Farmer's Market each Saturday morning at the Canberra Showground (Epic) the Murrumbateman Farmers Market on the 2nd and 4th Saturday each month or Hall Village Markets on the 1st Sunday every month

Information on the Murrumbateman region, between Canberra and Yass on the Barton Highway can be found on the community website. Murrumbateman information


Parents of children visiting or staying at Redbrow Garden should be aware that there are hazards to consider during your visit. Our large lake is a deep natural waterway and is not fenced. As a wildlife conservation area, the property is home to many species of birds, mammals and reptiles. Please ask us about any precautions necessary if you are unfamiliar with the Australian rural environment.

This month at Redbrow

  • We are grandparents again to grandson Pim
    We hope we can visit Holland soon!

    February was quieter than usual however we are filling fast for March, April and May our favourite time of the year. The autumn colours will again be spectacular after recent rains.

    This year has reminded us of our valuable and extensive water supply and the black swans have recently returned to the lake.

    We appreciated the lovely feedback from Pat from Crookwell who stayed with us recently for a family wedding. Thanks Pat, we do endeavour to make everyone who stays with us feel welcome.

  • Our cosy en suite rooms, attached kitchenette/dining room and large guest lounge with fireplace and Foxtel make for memorable get togethers.

    The lakeside BBQ area and camp fire is ideal for a chat over a glass or two .

  • Also lots happening at this time of the year in Canberra which is only 20 minutes away.
    The Versailles Exhibition continues to draw people from many regions of Australia