14 Sep 2018
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Blue Mountains Spring has Sprung:
All Year ‘Round:
Blue Mountains Spring has Sprung:
After an especially cold winter in The Mountains complete with snowfalls and sub-zero temperatures, the air is beginning to thaw and new buds are unfurling as Spring takes hold. The Blue Mountains is known for its stunning world class gardens and this is the time of year when they show their true colours.
Spend a few days at the picturesque Blackheath Getaway, with its own pretty cottage garden, and from there explore the natural Spring beauty of the this breathtaking landscape.
There’s plenty of other things to do including the annual Festival of Children’s Literature at Norman Lindsay Gallery on the 15th and 16th September.
Here’s some of what’s on offer this Spring in the Blue Mountains:
Wild About Waratahs Festival
A celebration of Australia’s native waratah at the annual Wild About Waratahs Festival at The Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens.
This year’s festival includes the NSW Waratah Bloom Competition along with guided garden tours, workshops, local farm open day, spectacular wildflower arrangements and plant sales.
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
This breathtaking Garden is the only botanic garden in the world located in a World Heritage Area. Focused on the conservation of cool climate plants it’s home to 21,000 plants and 900 species.
Garden Safari – Kids’ Self-Guided Treasure Quest:
Follow the map to explore the Garden and enjoy fun hands-on activities. Learn about some weird and amazing plants from around the world, take the quiz questions to solve the puzzle and win a prize.
Daily 9:30am-4:30pm until Fri 30th Nov 2018
For children aged 6 – 13years. Kits available to purchase from the Visitor Centre.
$7.50 per child
Visitor Centre, The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah
Waratah Farm Open Day: Sunday 30th September
This local plantation has around 1,000 waratah plants including the unusual white waratah and is open to visitors for one day during the Wild About Waratahs Festival.
Access to the plantation is by a relatively steep rough track so is not suitable for people with mobility issues. Cut blooms will be for sale.
Sun 30th Sep 2018
10.30am – 3.00pm
Cost: gold coin donation
Location: Gadara Wildflowers, 3401 Bells Line of Road, Berambing NSW 2758
Leura Gardens Festival:
Open for six days over two long weekends :
Saturday 29 September - Monday 1 October
Friday 5 - Sunday 7 October
The most famous of the spring garden displays in The Blue Mountains, this year marks the 53rd Anniversary of the Leura Gardens Festival.
Blackheath Rhododendron Festival:
The annual festival is held on the first weekend in November featuring gardens, art exhibitions, bikes, model trains on display, entertainment and world class rhododendrons in all their glory.
Campbell Rhododendron Gardens, Blackheath:
These stunning gardens feature a mixture of exotic plantings of rhododendrons, azaleas, maples and other deciduous trees set amongst pristine native bushland.
Open all year round, the gardens are at their spectacular best in October and early November.
Allow at least an hour to stroll though the easy walking tracks and stay to enjoy teas during spring season at the Lodge Tea Rooms.
The Lodge Tea Rooms are open from late September to early November for the best Aussie Cream Teas and scones in the Blue Mountains.
Admission is by donation.
Blackheath NSW 2785
National Trust of Australia (NSW) - Everglades
This 1930s treasure unites European romanticism with the raw magic of the Australian bush. Five hectares of valley views, bluebell woodland, lawned and flowering terraces, stone walls, winding paths, glades, pools, and fountains with a tea room, art gallery and gift shop..
10am -5pm during Spring
Adult - $13
Concession - $8
Child - $4
Everglades tea rooms in the 1930s house and courtyard is open seven days a week.
One of the world’s largest privately-owned cool climate gardens, Mayfield is now an artistic and entertainment hub for the Central West and beyond. Featuring an onsite café, where 80% of the produce is grown in the garden and a propagated nursery with plants for sale.
530 Mayfield Road
Oberon NSW 2795
Blue Mountains Open Gardens:
The Blue Mountains Region is famous for its magnificent cool climate gardens, which are ablaze with colour at this time of year.
Many of the magnificent homes in the area open their gardens to visitors during Spring.
Opening times vary as they’re at the discretion of the owner.
All Year ‘Round:
Leuralla Toy & Railway Museum:
The largest collection of toys, trains and associated memorabilia in the Southern Hemisphere featuring 20th century toys from Barbie, Popeye, Tintin and Alice in Wonderland.
The displays are housed in an historic early 20th century mansion, set in lush, 5 hectare award-winning gardens filled with interactive displays and picturesque scenes.
Open daily 10 am to 5 pm
36 Olympian Parade
Leura NSW 2780
Blue Mountains Glow Worm Tours:
Imagine walking through an ancient canyon surrounded by thousands of spectacular glow worms!
Blue Mountains Glow Worm Tours takes you on a short, personalised night walk into a magical glow worm colony while learning about the fascinating facts and stories behind this spectacular creature.
NB The tour is not suitable for elderly people or children under 9.
Phone: 0438 600 691
Bulgamatta Road, Bilpin/Mt Tomah
The Jenolan Caves are the world’s oldest caves, and are considered Australias most outstanding. Guides show you through your choice of eight spectacular caves, for all ages and fitness levels. There are also night tours, ghost tours, Adventure Caving, self-guided tour, bush walks, and kids tours (in NSW school holidays).
Just 1 hour drive from Blackheath; open daily.
Scenic World provides the ultimate Blue Mountains Adventure - from native birds and fresh air, to breathtaking views of the World Heritage-listed region including the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls & Jamison Valley.
Open daily 9am-5pm
Cost: Adult $39
Child: $20 to $23
Tickets include unlimited travel on the Scenic Railway, Skyway, Cableway and Walkway.
Blue Mountains Guides:
The Blue Mountains is full of stunning bush walks but it can be difficult to know where to go.
Blue Mountains Guides is a locally owned and operated company offering exclusive, tailor made, personalised tours and adventures: Full day walks, sightseeing tours, dinner with wild kangaroos, canyoning and abseiling adventures - tailor made to suit you.
Valley Height Rail Museum