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Location: 105km west of Sydney, Blue Mountains
Covering over 28 hectares and located 1000 metres above sea level, the Mount Tomah Botanic Garden is considered one of the 'coolest' botanic garden in Sydney. First owned by Alfred and Effie Brunet as a 'cut-flower' farm, it was then presented to the government in 1972 who took the farm and transformed it into a beautiful botanical garden. The garden was then opened to the public in 1987 and has since then bought an extra 186 hectares.
With a garden situated in a cool climate, most of the plants (local and abroad) on display are plants chosen especially for their ability to adapt in such conditions. Plants range from conifers to rhododendron. Included in the garden is a rock garden, a formal garden and a heath and heather garden. Those who wish to explore the garden to its fullest, should try the Gondwana Forest Walk or the Plant Explorers Walk.
You can also enjoy a hot cup of coffee in the restaurant located near the Visitor Centre or buy a pot of plant at the Garden Shop. The restaurant caters to private events such as weddings, birthdays and corporation meetings.
For more information, visit the Mount Tomah Botanic Garden Homepage.
TIP: The best months for viewing the plants are from June to early August during the autumn and winter months. If you go during this time, bring a warm jacket as it can be breezy.
If you are travelling by car, simply follow the Bells Line of Road through the Blue Mountains and travel 12 km west of Bilpin. Follow the signs leading up to the entrance. At present there are no public transport available.
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