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Published April 17th 2014
An idyllic garden paradise, the botanical gardens in mount Tomah is a gardeners or garden lovers dream. If you like learning about various flora, exotic or local, or just like admiring their beauty, this is the weekend place for you.
Located about two hours drive or 100 kilometres west of Sydney in the Blue Mountains Region, this is a heritage listed site, which conducts much research into botany as well as runs guided tours, wilderness tours, audio tours, school groups, other educational events, and even hosts weddings and other special functions.
The Blue Mountains Botanical Garden is open all year, including weekends. It encompasses an enormous 252 hectares, and sits at an altitude of 1000 metres above sea level.
The restaurant is perched atop the gardens overlooking the Wollemi National Park all the way up to the Hunter Valley and offers a stunning backdrop whilst you are enjoying a nourishing meal. They also have a shop where one may purchase plants, or other souvenir items. The botanical gardens are suited for anyone of any age including kids, adults and retired couples who might just like the walks and ambience. The Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens offer free entry to patrons.
The drive from Mount Tomah to Mount Wilson also offers some of Australia's most scenic beauties.. overall taking less than half an hour. On the way, in the town of Bell, we discovered a gem of a cafe called Monkey Creek Cafe where we had a fantastic home cooked breakfast for a very reasonable price.
The cafe features unique architecture with contemporary as well as rustic elements - it's definitely a must visit! We were much surprised to find such an artistic establishment in the most unlikely of places, hence making the experience all the more special. I would definitely re-visit if I had a chance.
Mount Wilson in autumn and early winter is a glorious sight indeed. The residential homes are quaint, country style cottages and makes one feel very much as though they were in Ireland.
The vibrant autumn colours are reflected in the array of trees in a pastiche of orange, red and yellow hues. Something definitely not to be missed for tourists and locals alike. Mount Wilson boasts numerous wineries, orchards and gardens which one can pay a small fee to enter and also enjoy complimentary teas, coffees an biscuits. Furthermore, bushwalking is also available with easy to moderate trails in the rainforest;you'll be rewarded with a waterfall at the end, but beware of no reception!