Blue Mountains Botanical Garden -- Mount Tomah


Address: Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah
Phone: 02 4567 3000
Hours: Open daily 9.30am-5.30pm
Free entry, free picnic and BBQ facilities


Mount Tomah, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden continues to be a favourite with visitors to Sydney. Set along Bells Line of Road and above Bilpin, Mount Tomah is the cool-climate garden and one of many sites of the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands. 'Cool' because it sits 1000 metres above sea level. 'Cool' because this 28-hectare garden features plants, trees and flowers of the southern hemisphere mountains - botanical life that is simultaneously tough and colourful.


This is a beautiful garden with blooms year-round. The plant and tree life is so diverse that we recommend a free volunteer guided walk, which is available most days at 11.30am for individual visitors. Bookings are recommended, so call in advance to confirm a guide is available. However, should you forget to call, the $5 Garden Shuttle takes a 20-minute tour of the garden and is led by a garden expert. This option provides a great overview before setting out to explore the gardens on your own.


To make garden life even more interesting, plants and trees from the mountain ranges of China, Japan, Chile, Korea and North America are clustered as 'plant communities' in separate gardens.


You won't want to miss the Jungle Walk, 33 hectares of pristine rainforest. Along half a kilometre of graded paths you'll find magnificent sassafras and coachwood trees, diverse plant and animal life.


Picnic tables and electric barbecues are available as well as areas for private hire around the garden. Perfect for a family get-together.



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If the Harvest of 2016 at Rouse Hill is at all like 2015, it is a winner and worth crawling out from under those warm doonas, rugging up and coming to The Farm for great coffee and goodies from The Patisserie. Rouse Hill House is located at 657 Annangrove Road & Windsor Road. . . just look for the big Bunnings on Windsor Road.


It takes a Herculian effort, but we have learned to put a limit on our spending, as the oils and vinegars, pickles and chutneys, fresh nuts, bush honey and beautiful produce are all so tempting. For someone who lives to eat -- this Harvest Sunday is heaven!




Kids will love the resident chooks and feeding the cows is a thrill for little ones. Homemade scones from Elizabeth Farm Tearooms is a family treat for early morning sustenance. 


 Rouse Hill House & Farm: Take a foraging tour with Diego Bonetto


If the day is really chilly, food made on the spot wll keep your your taste buds happy and your tummy warn: Baxter and Bird's grilled to order sandwiches, Hawkesbury Cooks Co-op, Martin Boetz' hot soups or hot grilled chorizo by Steph's Gournet Foods are just a sampling. The aromas wafting from the food selection is really tempting, so we suggest you arrive with a hearty appetite.


Of all the area food festivals, we think the Autumn Harvest at Rouse Hill House is at the top -- competing with Sydney weekend markets.




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