The Gasworks


12-14 South Terrace, Strathalbyn

Saturday 24 September 2022
Sunday 25 September 2022

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



The garden will open under covid guidelines. We encourage you to bring cash as EFTPOS facilities are not always available. 


Once the smallest operation of its type in the world, from 1869 until electricity arrived in 1918 the Gasworks supplied gas to local Strathalbyn businesses and to light the town’s street lamps. The cluster of historic buildings included the gas production area, manager’s cottage and stables, all now listed on the State Heritage Register.

The two-acre property borders the Angas River and the rambling old country garden stretches out along the riverbank. From the mellow old buildings and the entrance courtyard, stone retaining walls create long gravelled terraces and here the layout of the garden is almost formal.

A birdbath is surrounded by standard roses and a box hedge and wide stone steps pass under a cypress arch and lead down to the river flat. On this lower level a lawned area meanders past trees and informally arranged beds following the river and offering lovely riparian views.

The garden is a mix of exotic shrubs, cottage garden plants, bulbs, succulents and also Australian natives planted to provide food and habitat for the many birds that the river attracts. Big old gums growing across the river and mature exotic trees in the garden are a lovely backdrop and create a sheltered feel to the area.  In spring the crabapple, wisteria, clivia and spring bulbs including masses of bluebells will be in flower.

Over the years the garden has been lovingly cared for and annually since 2018 has won an award for the ‘Best Business Garden’ in local competitions.

Entry to the garden will include a ticket to the nearby Strathalbyn Motor Museum.


Extra activities: Entry to garden includes free entry to Gilbert’s Motor Museum (50metres away).

Size: 2 acres, 0.8 hectares.

Please note: This garden is not suitable for prams and wheelchairs; also the River Angas is nearby and is unfenced.


The charity is: Gilbert's Motor Museum.

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The standard entry fee is $10 adults, $8 concession on presentation of the Eligible Commonwealth Government concession cards (which are the Pensioner Concession Card and the Health Care Card, but not a Seniors Card).  The concession is also available on presentation of a Horticultural Tertiary student concession card for TAFE students.  OGSA Members, including current season Garden Owners are eligible for the $8 concession on presentation of their Membership card.

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