The Norman Lindsay Gallery, Spingwood NSW

Tucked away in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, Springwood was the provocative Australian artist Norman Lindsay's country retreat. Now The Norman Lindsay Gallery, the  property houses the rambling old cottage-turned-gallery, workshops, and a cafe. There are also statue gardens, an over-grown outdoor bathing pool, and pretty vine covered pergolas. Lindsay and his wife Rose took up residence at Springwood in 1911 and their infamously lavish jazz parties became a mecca for local and international artists, writers, socialites and stars. I have to admit to not being the biggest fan of Lindsay's painted catalogue of nymphs and fairies. Still, the Norman Lindsay Gallery is worth a visit because of the important part the house and it's avant garde residents played in shaking up the once stultifying Australian cultural scene. And the gardens are beautiful no matter what your taste in art.

Catherine Roberts