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Published June 27th 2019
Natural Beauty Abounds
Enter through the visitor's centre to plan your visit (image JW)
In the Blue Mountains area, all four seasons have a distinct character and in winter, the air may be cold but it is pure, invigorating and the skies are generally clear and blue and there are fewer people. The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah is a great place to go for a day trip to experience nature in the wintry mountains. In the middle of winter, the South African Proteas in the Rock Garden put on a magnificent show of contrasting colours and textures
Entry is free, there is plenty of parking and the visitors' centre is open 9.00am – 4.30pm (weekends and public holidays 9.30am – 5.00pm) and is manned with friendly helpful staff. Collect a map from the visitor's centre to decide which walking trails you want to take through the various gardens on the 28 hectare public site. Some areas of the garden are wheelchair accessible but there are several steep paths and stairs, mobility scooters can be hired for $10 (free for Disability Card holders).
Special interest group tours, as well as free guided walks and a 20 minute shuttle tour, are offered most days. Children are catered for with special school holiday activities as well as self-guided treasure and dinosaur hunts.
There are lawned areas suitable for picnics, free clean electric BBQs as well as a kiosk and onsite restaurant which have limited hours of operation. If you have a large group, it is possible to reserve a space (for a fee) and areas can be hired out for functions such as wedding ceremonies.
The Lady Nancy Fairfax Walk is a 500 metre walk through a natural temperate rainforest of giant tree ferns, sassafras, coachwood, blackbutt, and brown barrel trees. This area was once known as The Jungle and was originally proposed as part of a rainforest National Park in the 1920s.