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Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah

 

In 2017 we celebrated the 30th Birthday of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. The Garden and the land it is on has a wonderfully interesting history, founded on the traditional land of the Gundungarra and Darug Aboriginal people, it was traversed by explorer George Caley on a botanic collecting trip in 1804 then known as Fern Tree Hill. In 1823 Archibald Bell discovered a route across the Blue Mountains, afterwards known as Bells Line of Road and in the same year Botanist Allan Cunningham visits the area. In 1830 Susannah Bowen receives the first land grant in the area and in 1934 Effie and Alfred Brunet acquire the property which the Garden now occupies for a cut-flower farm to supply Sydney florists which in 1972 they presented their land to the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney which was opened to the public in 1987.
Sitting on 252 hectares of land with 28 hectares open to the public the Garden sits within a World Heritage Area and is focused on the conservation of cool climate plants.
Our educational, cultural and artistic events including exhibitions and workshops are set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Garden, reflecting the stunning surrounds and views up to the base of the Hunter Valley and the Sydney skyline.
Located under 2-hours’ drive from the Sydney airport and less than an hour from Penrith and Richmond, a visit to the Garden will make you feel a world away.

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