Set in the Blue Mountains just outside of Sydney, the cool climate of the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens nurtures thousands of species of plants, from all over the world. The plants are arranged geographically, allowing for a walk among the greenery of different regions of the southern hemisphere. At 1,000 meters above sea level, there are magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and World Heritage Park. At this higher elevation rich volcanic and clay soil called basalt, along with heavy rainfall, creates conditions perfect for producing and cultivating unique plants found only in this climate. The 28-hectare estate has both manicured gardens and wilder “jungle” sections, as well as accommodation for those wishing to stay in the park.
The gardens are also focused on conservation, with a World Heritage Exhibition Center has educational displays for a variety of plants, animals, and for local history.
The Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens is open daily from 9 am to 5:30 pm. There is no cost to enter the gardens. To get there is roughly a 90-minute drive from Sydney, taking Bells Line of Road west from Richmond.