We travelled from Sydney to Mt. Wilson to visit Windryridge Garden on a cold autumn day. We were mesmerised by the most wonderful colours of nature and the breathtaking landscape. Every part of the garden was beautiful and well taken care of and it's not as crowded as other ones in that area.
The incredibly beautiful Windyridge Garden is located at the historic Mt. Wilson, about two hours' drive from Sydney. Mt. Wilson village is a top-rated tourist attraction and has fabulous lookouts, walking trails, picnic areas and beautiful avenues with majestic trees.
The best time to visit Mt. Wilson gardens is either spring and Autumn when the privately-owned gardens open their doors to the public. Autumn colours show a little different every year, generally from late April for 5 to 6 weeks, depending on the weather.
Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are included in the admission fee ($10 for Adult and $3 for children). I recommend packing a picnic basket. There are plenty of beautiful picnic areas spread throughout the garden.
Jackets, scarfs, warmer clothes, in general, are a must, as evenings do get quite cool.
What to expect?
Be ready to be awestruck. Almost 5 acres of landscaped property, an absolutely stunning lily pond, a waterfall, white and blue gardens, a magnolia garden, rainforest and rock garden are all connected by charmingly designed paths and walkways.
For the nature photographers, this is a must-see in Autumn. On the day we visited the garden, a wedding photography session was ongoing. Afterwards, we tried to re-create some of their cool photography ideas. Even the amenities are amazing and impressive with handmade glass and an indoor garden, beautiful paving, and basins by Ted Secombe.
Windyridge Garden beautiful art works in the amenities
There is also a timber gazebo which is open on all sides and can be hired for functions (max 45 people). The garden has a small nursery, where some cold climate plant species can be purchased.
A bit of history
The garden was part of the state of Jesse Gregson back in 1877. In 1921, the property was subdivided and Jesse's daughter, Helen, became the owner. Fred and Hanny Huber purchased the property in 1940. They planted many deciduous trees including pin oaks, maples, copper beeches, ginkgos and tupelos.
Rodger and Wai Davidson bought Windyridge in 1995 and they began to transform it into a grand garden with the help of landscape designer, Gordon Sykes. Tens of thousands of cold climate plants were brought in, including 3000 azaleas.