Mount Wilson is famous for its beautiful gardens and is a perfect day trip destination. Spring and Autumn seasons are the most popular time to visit since the gardens are at their most colourful.
We decided to visit a few of the gardens on the weekend and here are some tips if you're planning to do so:
Parking tip: My family not being a fan of busy places, I picked a lesser-known Yengo Sculpture Gardens to visit. Unlike "The Avenue" (name of the avenue where the Breenhold Gardens are located) which was packed with cars and people visiting the gardens and taking photos; There were plenty of parking spaces available on Queens Ave where the Yengo Gardens are gracefully sited.
Financial Tip: Make sure you have enough cash on you. Entrance is cash only, $10 for adults and $3 for children.
Historical tip: Yengo was first purchased by Jesse Gregson in 1877. It was laid out with the assistance of the Director of the Sydney Botanic Gardens, Charles Moore and the Govt Botanist J H Maiden.
Photoshoot tip: The gardens are mesmerising and well maintained, the main attractions of the gardens however are the lifelike sculptures. They are all bronze and the works of two artists Judith Holmes Drewry and Lloyd le Blanc. The gardens are a photographer's heaven with fantastic nature and spectacular sculptures such as the peacock at the fountain, children eternally reading and playing in the gardens, figures resting by the pool, scarecrow, three ladies at the waterfall and many more that are tastefully installed at different locations.
Fashion tip: if visiting the gardens in autumn wearing an outfit in red, orange or yellow is recommended. Your photos with maples trees would look fantastic and your outfit would be a pop of colour in the photos with the bronze statues or green vegetations.
Refreshment tip: There are tea, coffee and some light refreshment available next to the cottage.
Other random tips: Use the map provided to you at the entrance to ensure you see all the sculptures.
Locals sell fruits and some home-made products on Queens Ave, we bought the most delicious persimmons and much cheaper than supermarkets in Sydney.