By Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is once again taking part in this year’s Blue Mountains Festival of Walking from 5 to 13 October.
The Festival of Walking is a Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism initiative and is now in its third year it promotes great walks throughout this stunning region. If you have not been for a bush walk in the Blue Mountains here is your chance.
For those interested in bushwalking there’s an opportunity to explore the conservation area owned by the garden and only accessible with an experienced garden guide. The walk is a day walk to Tomah Spur, on natural bushland land adjacent to the garden and will take you through four different environments – rainforest, eucalypt woodland, spectacular heath and wind-sculpted sandstone. You’ll travel through a carpet of ferns, moss-laden rocks and lush green rainforest with towering trees before emerging onto a rock outcrop with spectacular views. This is great opportunity to explore this beautiful bushland on an extended tour. Reasonable fitness, sturdy shoes, a sun hat and water bottle are recommended as the terrain is rough in places and you will be out most of the day.
The garden is also offering an Aboriginal Heritage Tour on Friday, October 11, as part of the festival. Join Aboriginal horticulturalist Brenden Moore as he takes you on a one and a half hour journey around the Garden exploring Aboriginal uses for plants. Brenden is also a skilled didgeridoo player and will perform for the group at the end of the walk. Bookings for both essential through www.rbgsy.nsw.gov.au or www.festivalofwalking.com
The Garden’s extensive collection includes over 48,000 plants with many rare and unusual varieties including the famous local Wollemi pine Wollemia nobilis. Waratahs are not the only stunning spring flowers at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, in spring you can enjoy dramatic displays of colour with camellias, rhododendrons, tulips, daffodils, bluebells, crocus, lily of the valley, snowdrops and snowflakes to take your breath away.
Around the Garden
Explore the Blue Mountains wilderness on a guided tour outside, or inside at the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Exhibition Centre. Stroll through temperate rainforest on the Lady Nancy Fairfax Jungle Walk. There are suggested walks of half an hour to all day with something to suit everyone. Treat yourself (or someone else!) to a gift that’s a bit different at the Garden Shop. Here you can find botanic artwork and unique crafts by local artists as well as a large range of horticultural and botanical books. Relax and enjoy the panoramic view across the Garden to the Blue Mountains wilderness from the viewing deck; picnic at one of the many scenic spots in the garden or cook up a feast on one of the free barbecues. The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden also offers the stunning Jungle Lodge for a secluded stay; weddings; workshops for adults and school holiday fun for the kids.
Wednesday 9 and Saturday 12 October
Blue Mountains Festival of Walking – Tomah Spur Wilderness Walk
Join the Wilderness Walk to Tomah Spur led by a specialist guide with detailed knowledge of Blue Mountains plants and wildlife. 10.00 am – 5.00 pm. $80pp. Includes morning tea on arrival. Bookings essential. Phone 9231 8182 or email email@example.com or book online see www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/tomah
Friday 11 October
Blue Mountains Festival of Walking – Aboriginal Heritage Tour
Join Aboriginal horticulturist Brenden Moore as he takes you on a 1.5 hour botanic journey through the Blue MountainsBotanic Garden exploring Indigenous uses for plants for food, medicine and tools. Includes a didgeridoo performance.
11.00 am – 12.30 pm. $36.50pp, concessions for children/students. Bookings essential: (02) 9231 8182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or book online see www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/tomah.
Entry to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is free.