Much to the delight of those driving between Moruya and Bodalla the old Trunketabella Gardens has been replaced with a bright new sign indicating the Gardens are back in business. Though it is a slight change in name and there is no longer a garden nursery or café, the gardens are just as beautiful, unique and magical as they always were in its hay-day. In 2015 the property changed hands from the establishing owners, The Brice Family. Catherine McMahon and Andrew Bishop took ownership of this fabulous property with no particular vision for reinvigorating the gardens back into a business. It was more of an idyllic coast change and amazing place for them to raise their three young children.
In January of 2017 inspiration struck and Catherine began the creative and labour intensive journey of reviving the much over-grown 40 acre garden property with a vision of breathing life back into the 19 garden rooms so that they could be shared with the community once again. Several rooms have been completed and there is still much work to be done to renovate the remaining rooms, but there is definitely a buzz of excitement within the garden for the face-lift. Throughout the 1990’s and into the 2000’s the gardens were famous for hosting garden wedding ceremonies and now the gardens are once again proud to offer both ceremony and reception for weddings along with any reason to celebrate at all. Wandering through the revitalised Trunketabella Gardens reveals it as a unique, fun and relaxed venue that offers flair and style that is a combination of boutique, bohemian/ rustic.
Such a venue for the South Coast is of major importance as it offers the natural ambience of the garden, the surround sound of the bird wild-life and the personality of the gardens as a whole that is sought after by the many appointments that come from those who choose the South Coast as a destination for family reunions, weddings and family occassions. As a private, by appointment only venue, Trunketabella Gardens has no traffic other than that of guests. The added bonus is that it is also a D.I.Y venue which offers the freedom to style and cater an event exactly how you want to. The Gardens do offer from an inclusions list of ancilliary items that can be accessed. For an additional treat those who choose the Trunketabella Gardens as a wedding venue have the opportunity to choose between their 1961 Cadillac, 1974 XB Coupe or 2015 XF Jaguar.
Co-owner Catherine McMahon loves the property and you can hear it in her passion as she explains "The property backs on to the Trunketabella Creek (which is more like a shallow lake than a creek) and the sunset views across the water with the mountain range in the background makes for a truly breathtaking location for photos or just a fantastic spot to sit and see the magic of life all around you and be present in the moment." "The word Trunketabella is Aboriginal for “place of meeting waters”. We believe that the energy behind the name is what makes this property such a sacred place to meet with loved ones and create new memories by celebrating those mile-stone moments in life." If you would like to keep up-to-date with all the latest happenings at the gardens you can like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TrunbetabellaGardens/ . Catherine is regularly up-dating the photos, videos and other relevant information on FB and the website www.trunketabellagardens.com.au Catherine invites anyone wanting a property viewing to call on 0400 748 822.