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The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Bells Line of Road Mount Tomah 2758
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The spectacular Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is located in the stunning surrounds of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, just 1.5 hours drive from Sydney.

Sitting at 1,000m above sea level, this 252 hectare garden is Australia’s highest botanic Garden and home to a world class collection of plants from the cooler southern hemisphere.  

About Us
The Garden features a world class collection of cool climate plants grouped according to their geographical origin. This allows the visitor to see both the similarities and differences between the plants of each region.

Unique Geography
A cool and tranquil environment with mild summer temperatures, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is an ideal place to display plants from the cooler regions of the world. The top 100 metres of Mount Tomah consists of a layer of basalt; a volcanic rock which weathers to form a rich acid clay loam that is more fertile than most Australian soils. Basalt has many fine vertical cracks, called ‘columnar jointing’, which form when the rock cools. These joints trap rain water, forming a natural underground reservoir which provides a water supply for the garden. Hexagonal basalt blocks are used in walls around the garden.

What’s On
Free guided tours by a volunteer guide
Garden shuttle tours
Learn about the Blue Mountains at the World Heritage Exhibition Centre
Garden Safari for kids
Personalised tours for groups
Seasonal events and festivals such as ‘Wild About Waratahs’
Education for schools and workshops for adults
Weddings, functions and conference facilities plus hire of sites around the Garden for your gathering
Accommodation at the garden at The Jungle Lodge
For more info click on the Visit Website link.

Tomah Gardens Restaurant
Tomah Gardens Restaurant offers delicious 'One Hat' dining with glorious views of Wollemi National Park. Sean Moran (from Sean's Panoroma at Bondi) has created the beautifully rustic Tomah Gardens Restaurant, much in fitting with the stunning rural surrounds of Mount Tomah and nearby Bilpin.

Sean’s philosophy is to use local produce and high quality ingredients, creating healthy meals, as well as sourcing locally made furniture and design elements.

With local craftsman Roland Kindler creating hand made tables, potter Steven Sheridan throwing plates, wood turners Paul Trebel and Vincent Dobson turning pepper mills and macrocarpa pod salt dishes, the restaurant is a soulful work of art.

Botanists Way Discovery Centre
Whatever the weather don't miss the new Botanists Way Discovery Centre at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Head downstairs in the Visitor Centre to explore the fascinating history of the northern Blue Mountains: tales of daring and discovery, botany, canyons and of the traditional custodians, the Darug.

The Botanists Way Discovery Centre tells the stories of early botanists who explored the northern Blue Mountains seeking rare plants and trying to find a crossing to the west.

George Caley, one such botanist, became the first white man to cross the largely impenetrable expanse of the Grose Valley, which he named the Devil’s Wilderness. These explorers paved the way for later conservationists such as Myles Dunphy, who worked tirelessly to ensure the environment was preserved.

Three national parks were created during Dunphy’s lifetime and, in the year 2000, one million hectares of the Greater Blue Mountains were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Using interpretative signage and displays, high-quality photography and beautiful graphics, The Botanists Way Discovery Centre will focus on the history of the northern Blue Mountains, the connections with botany and the remarkable canyons, which are only a short distance from the Centre.

The Botanists Way also features the traditional custodians of Mount Tomah,the Darug people, with a display of tools made by Darug artist Shane Smithers.

Tours and Walks
Free tours are provided by volunteer guides from 11:30 AM most days. Please call to confirm a guide is available on the day of your visit.

Get on board the Garden Shuttle and take a 20 minute tour of the Garden. Departs 11.00 am, 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm most days from outside the Visitor Centre. $5 per person. Free for Disability Card holders, Foundation and Friends members and children under 12. Please purchase your ticket from the Visitor Information Desk in the Visitor Centre and present to the tour driver.

Un-missable Gardens
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden covers 28 hectares of rich acid clay loam. This fertile environment and the low temperature are perfect for showing plants from the world's cooler regions.

Plants are grouped according to their geographical origin. There are a number of 'Feature Gardens' within the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden where visitors can see similarities and differences between the plants of each region and learn about evolution of flora on different continents.

Visiting Information
Open 9am-5.30pm (9.30am weekends and public holidays) every day except Christmas Day.
Entry is free
No pets allowed in the Garden
Enquiries 02 4567 3000

How to Get There
Follow Bells Line of Road from Richmond or Lithgow along the scenic 'Botanists Way'. Mount Tomah is 40km west of Richmond - look out for the signs. There is no public transport to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden.

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