Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah

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Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah Via Bilpin, NSW, 2758  Ph: (02) 4567 3000  www.mounttomahbotanicgarden.com.au

About us
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah is located in the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains on the summit of a basalt-capped peak, 1,000 metres above sea level. The 28 acre garden has a large collection of cool climate plants from around the world, particularly the southern hemisphere, and is the ‘cool climate garden’ of the Royal Botanic Gardens Trust. The garden is one of few botanic gardens where plants have been grouped according to their geographical origin. This allows the visitor to see both the similarities and differences between the plants of each region.

Unique geography
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.

Visiting information
Open 9am-5.30pm (9.30am weekends and public holidays) every day except Christmas Day.
Entry is free
No pets allowed in the Garden

What’s on
* Free guided tours by a volunteer guide
* Learn about the Blue Mountains at the World Heritage Exhibition Centre
* Adventure Quest for kids
* Personalised tours for groups
* Free seasonal events and festivals such as ‘Wild About Waratahs’ or ‘Plants with Bite’
* Free garden shuttle service for visitors requiring assistance
* Education for schools and community workshops for adults
* Weddings, functions and conference facilities
* Accommodation at the garden at The Jungle Lodge

How to get here

By road, follow Bells Line of Road from Richmond or Lithgow through the Blue Mountains. Mount Tomah is 40km west of Richmond - look out for the signs.
Public transport: There is no public transport to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden.

Restaurant
Surrounded by the stunning beauty of the garden and the Blue Mountains, Restaurant Tomah offers panoramic views and fine dining. Bookings are recommended on 02 4567 2060.

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. Visitors can even take home their own Wollemi Pine, on sale in the Garden Shop with a certificate of authenticity and care booklet. Many other Australian plants are for sale with growing tips and advice.

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