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Marvel at the Autumn Colours at Mt. Wilson & Mt. Tomah

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by Missy (subscribe)
I'm a new writer based in Sydney, enjoying all the bits and pieces of everyday life.
Published April 20th 2013
How many red colours can you name?
It's Autumn, goodbye heat, hello cool wind!

Next to Spring, this season is one is definitely one for Vogue.

Leaves start changing their "clothes" with spectacular fashion sense: from green to yellow to orange and red. It's extraordinary how many different shades of yellow orange, burnt orange, red, magenta (trying to remember my "Crayola" colour names) and maroon nature can offer us.

Amazing Autumn Colours
The spectacular Japanese Maple Leaf Tree in its Red Outfit During Autumn

Mt. Wilson is located in the World Heritage Blue Mountains, in NSW. It is along the Bells Line of Road, approximately 2 hours from Sydney. Entry is FREE.

Last weekend, we decided to pack a picnic, our camera and some books to relax in one of the better libraries you can find - a library of wide open space surrounded by gorgeous coloured trees and fresh air.

As we approached the entrance of Mt. Wilson, we were greeted by rows of trees in varying stages of changing their colours.

The picnic area was large - picnic tables and benches, BBQs, toilets and a lot of space for the kids to run around.

Picnic Under a Tree
Enjoying our barbecue under a canopy of red leaves.

Our BBQ lunch below. YUM!

Lunch is Served!
Hot pork barbecue skewers

After we had a good lunch and some time to relax, we headed to Mt. Tomah, only 15 minutes away.

Exploring Mt. Tomah's Botanic Garden

Australia's highest Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah sits on 252 hectares of land, 1000 meters above sea level. It has the most beautiful collection of plants from the southern hemisphere.

The name 'Tomah' is claimed to be an Aboriginal word meaning 'tree fern'. And boy, are there a lot of tree ferns!

The garden's entrance is pretty- an indication of what lay ahead.
The Entrance to the Garden
Lined with beautiful flowers and plants.

Mount Tomah's Variety of Trees
Leaves turning red, yellow and orange

One of the most important plants at Mount Tomah is the Wollemi Pine . We made sure we got introduced to it since this is also called "The Dinosaur Plant". It was thought to be extinct but was found deep in a canyon. The location was top secret, so much so that they would blindfold people who were brought there at first (or so the story goes). Now, they've successfully been able to propagate it and a few are sold at the shop.

Mount Tomah's trees
View of the trees while walking

We saw some fabulous looking flowers, set beautifully in the garden with ponds, little bridges, mini waterfalls and winding paths.

African flowers section
Exotic fabulous flowers

Admiring the flowers and walking around can make you thirsty and thankfully there's a restaurant and cafe where you can have a cuppa with a view of the Wollemi National Park.

Before you call it a day, visit the Conifer section where they have all kinds of pine trees. It was cool to see it as one big family, all related but each one with its own unique look.

The Conifer Section
A large family of Pine trees, each one different, just like family members!

We ended the day with one last look and a souvenir leaf from the ground, to be used as my bookmark.

One Last Look
See you again soon, Mount Tomah

Plan your trip, enjoy the colours and say hello to our friend!

Found a 'shroom along the way

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Why? Enjoy the Autumn colours
When: April & May
Phone: (02) 4567 3000
Where: Blue Mountains
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
Very lovely colors, the photos make me feel so calm...and the pork BBQ makes me salivate! nom nom... :)
by Pauline (score: 2|112) 2427 days ago
The Pine trees pic, looks like there's a cup and saucer in the clouds… interesting pic and place :)
by biank (score: 0|2) 1388 days ago
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