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Windyridge Garden

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by Bloom n' Breeze (subscribe)
Lifeís too short. Iím not.
Published February 13th 2020
A real labour of love
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.

Windyridge Garden
Windyridge Garden Waterfall

How to get there?

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.

Windyridge Garden
Windyridge Garden

When to go there?

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.

What to pack?

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.

There are no restaurants, cafes or ATMs in Mt Wilson, so make sure to travel prepared, especially if you are travelling with small children or ever-hungry teenagers.

Windyridge Garden
Windyridge 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.

Windyridge Garden
Windyridge Garden

There are also sculptures and works of art by Ted Secombe and other artists around the garden.

Windyridge Garden
Windyridge Garden

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
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.

Windyridge Garden
Windyridge Garden

Our Experiance

Windyridge Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens we've visited in Mt Wilson. We had fantastic photo opportunities on the beautiful grounds and between the colourful autumn foliage.

We enjoyed chatting with the friendly gardeners about the garden history and the biscuits and hot tea were a blessing on the cold autumn day.

Windyridge Garden
Windyridge Garden

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Why? For the love of nature and beauty
When: Spring (September, October, November) - Autumn (March, April, May). Opening hours are from 9am - 4:30, 7 Days are week during this time.
Phone: 024756 2019
Where: 25 Queens Ave, Mount Wilson NSW 2786
Cost: Adult $10, Child $3 Inc. tea /coffee and biscuits
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