Mount Tomah Botanic Garden is located on a basalt capped peak 105km west of Sydney on the Bells Line Of Road,just beyond Bilpin.
The land for the gardens at Mount Tomah was donated by Effie Jane Brunet,after her husbands death in 1970,to the NSW Government as a cool climate annex of the Royal Sydney Botanic Gardens but the garden only officially opened to the public on November 1st 1987.The Brunets had been growing cool climate flowers for the cut flower market on the land from 1934 when they first purchased the land.
Here at 1000 metres above sea level on traditional Darug Aboriginal land a 70 acre (28 hectare) parcel of land has been turned into a magnificent collection of over 5,000 cool climate plants from Australia as well as from overseas.A further 189 hectares is also now attached to the gardens as reserve.
Mount Tomah provides an enjoyable opportunity to wander among diverse gardens with excellent educational signs positioned around the gardens providing a wealth of interesting information on plants and their ecology and evolution.
Major features of the garden include.
1.Alpine Rock Garden
2.Plant explorers walk-plants introduced to Australia by plant explorers.
3.Gondwana-evolution of plants isolated in Australia since the continent boke off from Gondwana 120 million years ago.
4.Heath and Heather garden.
5.Conifer and Rhododendron garden.
The Wollemi Pine,an ancient Australian tree discovered only in recent years is displayed also in the gardens and can be purchased in the nursery.
The Restaurant offers great lunches and views.FURTHER INFORMATION