Walk in the footsteps of the greats at Breenhold Gardens. The gardens have been graced by a few Hollywood names including Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire. For those who haven't yet guessed it; Breenhold Gardens was featured in Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Located in the garden town of Mount Wilson in the Blue Mountains, about 2 hours drive west of Sydney. Pack a picnic and get out of town for a day to meander this sprawling estate.
Mount Wilson sits on basalt, remnants from volcanoes of years gone by, which provides a nutrient-rich base for plants to thrive. This is evident at Breenhold Gardens, set on over 45 hectares, which has a blend of established natives and introduced plants. Breenhold is a private garden owned by the Breen family since its conception in the 1960s. The estate opens its gates to the public twice a year for several weeks over Autumn and Spring. Entrance to the gardens costs $12.50 per adult and $5 for children over 12, kids under 12 are free, and you can pay with cash or EFTPOS at the gate.
Upon entering the property you are transported into another realm, perhaps even another time. These gardens aren't just for the budding green thumbs out there. There's plenty here to marvel at for the non-horticulturalists too.
Pick up a garden map at the main entrance to Breenhold. Just behind the main entrance, you will find yourself strolling along an avenue of towering Pine Trees. A grand welcome for a majestic garden. The property is layered of gardens within gardens. Sections are reminiscent of those commonly found in England, yet interspersed throughout these English gardens are hints of European dreams and Asian influence mixed with the beauty of Australian natives.
Breenhold Gardens is a leading destination for those seeking out the explosion of colour that comes with Autumn. You'll find every hue of orange, yellow, red and gold. You'll find great walls covered in Autumn vines, and fields filled with a symphony of colour. Laburnum Steps is an Instagram famous section of the garden where deciduous trees hang overhead, dropping an array of leaves that form a scarlet carpet which crunches underfoot. Combined with the golden glow of the Autumn sun you'll find a dream location for every enthusiastic nature lover, photographer and garden admirer.
The gardens opened for the Autumn season on Friday the 19th of April and will remain open daily, 10 am - 4 pm, until Sunday, May 26th. You can also visit the garden outside of these times by appointment. The gardens are also offered as a wedding venue. As a great admirer of the gardens I wholeheartedly agree; it would make a stunning wedding location. Just remember to pack all of your food and drinks as there are no shops in Mount Wilson. Few chairs are found scattering the property so bring your own picnic blankets or camp chairs to set up for lunch. Remember to also take your rubbish with you. Head to Breenhold Gardens website for more information to prepare for your day.