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The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
The highest botanic garden in Australia!
The spectacular Blue Mountains Botanic Garden and Jungle Lodge accommodation is located in the stunning surrounds of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, just 1.5 hours drive from Sydney.
Sitting at 1,000m above sea level, this 252 hectare garden is Australia’s highest botanic Garden and home to a world class collection of plants from the cooler southern hemisphere.
The Garden features a world class collection of cool climate plants grouped according to their geographical origin. This allows the visitor to see both the similarities and differences between the plants of each region.
A cool and tranquil environment with mild summer temperatures, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is an ideal place to display plants from the cooler regions of the world. The top 100 metres of Mount Tomah consists of a layer of basalt; a volcanic rock which weathers to form a rich acid clay loam that is more fertile than most Australian soils. Basalt has many fine vertical cracks, called ‘columnar jointing’, which form when the rock cools. These joints trap rain water, forming a natural underground reservoir which provides a water supply for the garden. Hexagonal basalt blocks are used in walls around the garden.
•Free guided tours by a volunteer guide
•Garden shuttle tours
•Learn about the Blue Mountains at the World Heritage Exhibition Centre
• Garden Safari for kids
•Personalised tours for groups
•Seasonal events and festivals such as ‘Wild About Waratahs’
•Education for schools and workshops for adults
•Weddings, functions and conference facilities plus hire of sites around the Garden for your gathering
•Accommodation at the garden at The Jungle Lodge
For more info click on the Visit Website link.
Tomah Gardens Restaurant
The Garden welcomes Sean Moran from Sean's Panorama at Bondi. Sean has created the beautifully rustic Tomah Gardens Restaurant, much in fitting with the stunning rural surrounds of Mount Tomah and nearby Bilpin. Sean’s philosophy is to use local produce and high quality ingredients, creating healthy meals, as well as sourcing locally made furniture and design elements.
With local craftsman Roland Kindler creating hand made tables, potter Steven Sheridan throwing plates, wood turners Paul Trebel and Vincent Dobson turning pepper mills and macrocarpa pod salt dishes, Sean is transforming both the venue and the food into a soulful work of art. Bookings highly recommended on 0421 552 746 or email us through the Enquiry Form on this page.
The Garden Shop
Located in the Visitor Centre in the heart of the garden, the Garden Shop carries a stunning range of plants, books and botanic art. Many other Australian plants are for sale with growing tips and advice.
Open 9am-5.30pm (9.30am weekends and public holidays) every day except Christmas Day.
Entry is free
No pets allowed in the Garden
Enquiries 02 4567 3000
How To Get Here..
Follow Bells Line of Road from Richmond or Lithgow along the scenic 'Botanists Way'. Mount Tomah is 40km west of Richmond - look out for the signs. There is no public transport to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden.