The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah is the spectacular cool climate garden of the Royal Botanic Garden and Domain Trust. Located in the Blue Mountains, just 90 minutes from Sydney, the garden features thousands of plants from the southern hemisphere and around the world.
At 1,000 metres above sea level, the garden at Mount Tomah overlooks the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and boasts stunning panoramic views. A walk around this 28 hectare estate is a botanic journey with many formal gardens and ‘The Jungle’ to explore.
Find out about this stunning world heritage listed region at the Garden’s Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Exhibition Centre. Visitors can wander through this interpretive centre and learn why the Greater Blue Mountains region was made a World Heritage Area.
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.
Open 9am-5.30pm (9.30am weekends and public holidays) every day except Christmas Day.
Entry is free.
No pets allowed in the Garden
Membership: Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation
Experiences: Flora/Fauna, Food and Wine, Nature based
Facilities: BBQ Facilities, Car park, Conference/Convention Facilities, Access Without Assistance for the Disabled, Parking for the Disabled, Guide, Kiosk, Picnic Area, Public Telephone, Public Toilet, Shaded Area, Sheltered Area, visitor centre, garden shop, exhibitions, restaurant, kiosk, conference/venue hire, weddings, accommodation, picnic areas, guided tours, community workshops and education.
Activities: Birdwatching, Lessons/Tutorials, Self-Guided, Guided Walks
Disabled Access: The Visitors Centre, restaurant, toilet facilities and many garden paths are accessible for wheelchairs/prams. The Garden Shuttle (fitted with hydraulic lift) provides transport around the garden for those with mobility issues.
Children: Fun seasonal activities for all ages including a self-guided treasure quest and a school holiday workshop program.
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.