Spring is here and with it comes festivals, fairs and private gardens open for viewing. Some of these local community events are to raise money for charities and all are based around spring flowers and a fun family day out.
The Spring blossoms in the Blue Mountains are unique because it happens in stages, as you go higher up in elevation. Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens (free entry) has cherry blossoms and magnolias just starting to bloom (early September); even though Sydney cherry blossoms finished weeks ago.
From September to November there are nine festivals in the Blue Mountains celebrating Spring, here they are, listed in date order.
Spring flowers will brighten your day after a cold winter. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
Spring Plant Sale by the Australian Plants Society
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017, 41 Great Western Highway Glenbrook.
Australian native plants for sale along with gardening advice such as which plants can be used to attract native birds. You can find local plants along with usual Aussie favourites. Free entry and it's open 10am-4pm. Check their facebook page for information.
Buckland Garden Fete
Saturday 16th September 2017, 39 Hawksbury Road Springwood. Here you'll find crafts, nick-nacks, plants, home-made cakes and jams, a sausage sizzle and second-hand books. All proceeds are to benefit the Buckland Nursing Home residents. Open from 9am - 1pm. For more info, click here.
Hazelbrook - Woodford - Linden Garden Festival
Held over two weekends, Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th September and Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th September 2017. The Mid-Mountains garden festival is based at Hazelbrook Public School ( Great Western Highway, Hazelbrook) which will have plants for sale as well as a cafe; here you an buy entry tickets to the private gardens open in the surrounding neighbourhoods. Tickets are $5 for one garden or $20 for all gardens. Tickets include entry over both weekends, and all money raised, goes towards buying supplies for Hazelbrook Public School. Click here for more information.
Mount Wilson Spring Blossom Festival
Saturday 23rd September - Sunday 24th September 2017. Mount Wilson is famous for it's country garden estates. Visitors can enjoy an art and photography exhibition, gift shop and a sausage sizzle. There are eight gardens to explore, open from 10am - 4pm. Single garden entry is $10 (cash only) or an all-garden pass valid Saturday and Sunday is $40 per person. Save $10 when purchasing an early-bird ticket here. For festival details visit their website.
Leura Gardens Festival
Saturday 30 September - Sunday 8th October 2017. Leura has some beautiful houses and surrounding those, incredible gardens. The Leura Gardens Festival is a chance to visit and explore the private gardens of Leura at their peak. The festival is held over nine days and concludes with the Leura Village Fair. A single garden ticket is $8 or $25 gives you entry to all gardens. An additional $5/day will give you transportation between all the gardens and they are open 9:30am - 4:30pm daily. Check the website for details.
Leura Village Fair
Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th October 2017, Leura Mall, Leura. The Mall is closed off to vehicles and filled with Market stalls. Some are an extension of Leura shops, but you can also find plants, clothes, upcoming designer kids clothes and toys, gifts, cosmetics, handmade jewellry and artwork. Being Leura expect it to be a little more fancy compared to other mountains festivals and a good place to start your Christmas shopping. Open 9am-4:30pm Sat and 9am-3:30pm Sun. Click here for further information.
Blackheath Rhododendron Festival
Saturday 5th November - Grand Parade 2017. Held on the first weekend in November, the festival consists of multiple events ranging from music, art exhibitions, private gardens open for viewing, theatre, a street parade, market stalls, wood chopping and an elegant gala evening. Times and locations vary based on the event but all are centred around Blackheath, click on the website for individual event details.
Glenbrook Spring Festival
Saturday 11th November 2017 Glenbrook Village, Glenbrook.
Expect food and wine, art displays, three stages featuring local entertainers, musicians, and dancing. There will also be kids rides and a petting zoo, market stalls selling jewellry, clothes, household wares and more. The festival is on from 8:30am - 3:30pm and you can get in touch with the festival organisers via their facebook page.
Mid Mountains Festival, Lawson
Saturday 18th November Mid Mountains Community Centre, 7 New Street Lawson.
This family orientated festival features live music by the Mountains Youth Band, Bonnie Doon, a drumming group and a pipe band. It also features kids activities like face painting, a book sale, cafe, food stalls, market stalls, the local RFS will be there to talk about getting your house fire-safe before bushfire season and they will also be hosting a sausage sizzle fund raiser. This festival will run from 10am - 4pm. For more information contact the Mid Mountains Community Centre here.
Spring Festivals in the Blue Mountains are an excellent way to support local communities and see some beautiful gardens, that are otherwise closed off to the public.
Parking during festivals can be limited and busy (especially in Leura). Most festivals are within walking distance of a train station and trains run hourly on the Blue Mountains line. Whilst some market stalls accept EFTPOS, not all do so it's best to have some cash. Most towns in the Blue Mountains have an ATM except Wentworth Falls. There are regular weekend markets that operate in Glenbrook, Lawson, Wentworth Falls, Leura and Katoomba. Keep your eye out for banners along the highway.
Get out and smell the spring flowers. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
Mt Wilson also has a wonderful Spring Bossom Festival, which also includes an Art Exhibition. TCP Garden Tours has seats available to the Festival on Sunday 24 September. Please visitwww.tcpdaytours.com.au if you would like to book a seat on the bus.