Witness nature burst forth after a long winter when the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region transforms with spring blooms from September to November.
Blue Mountains, Lithgow & Oberon Tourism chairman Randall Walker said each area was unique in its breathtaking display of spring flowers.
“The Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon areas each have very different characters so I urge visitors to take a few days to explore each one separately.
What a fantastic opportunity to also try the range of world-class accommodation and dining experiences we have in this region.”
The famous Leura Garden Festival will welcome three new open gardens into the fold and an exciting events program in September.
Visitors can glean advice from some of the 11 garden owners, snap up native and exotic bargains at the festival nursery and take part in the inaugural events program at the Fairmont Resort MGallery on October 3 and 4 including Judy Horton (gardening author, Yates Garden Guide editor and ABC and 2UE regular).
Topics to be covered include the art of bonsai (Clinton Nesci), camellias (Bill Grattan) and roses (Doug and Glynis Hayne), with Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust executive director Professor David Mabberley to be keynote speaker.
The Leura Gardens Festival will open from 9.30am to 4.30pm from September 29 to October 7, culminating in the transformation of Leura village into an open market during the last two days of the festival. Garden entry: $20 all gardens, $5 single gardens. Under the Marquee events: $2 all gardens ticketholders or $5 per session. A hop-on hop-off shuttle bus will run from Leura station to all gardens including The Fairmont Resort (tickets: $5 per day).
MOUNT WILSON/MOUNT TOMAH
Step back in time and imagine yourself as Jay Gatsby or Daisy Buchanan while exploring the many privately-owned cool climate exotic gardens for which Mt Wilson is renown:
Merry Garth, Davies Lane, Mt Wilson: 9am to 6pm daily, $5 adults, children free.
Details: 4756 2121.
Windyridge Garden, Queens Ave, Mt Wilson: 9am to 5pm daily, $9 adults, $3 children includes refreshments. Details: (02) 4756 2019, www.windyridge.com.au
Yengo Sculpture Garden, Queens Ave, Mt Wilson: 10am to 6pm weekends, $7 adults. Details: (02) 4756 2002, www.yengo-sculpture-garden-welcome.com.
Breenhold Gardens, The Avenue, Mt Wilson: 10am to 4pm weekends, $7.50 adults, $2 children. Details: (02) 9968 1232, www.breenhold.com.au.
Nooroo, Church Lane, Mt Wilson: 10am to 4pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from September 3 to November 13; $8 adults, $2 children. Details: (02) 4756 2018.
Bebeah, The Avenue, Mt Wilson: 10am to 5pm daily, $8 adults, $2 children. Details: (02) 4756 2014.
Of course you cannot drive up the Bells Line of Road without stopping in at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. Garden entry is free.
Home to thousands of species of cool climate and southern hemisphere plants, the 252 ha garden is a year-round delight with beautiful gardens, rainforest walks and an interesting round of events and workshops for all ages including Wild about Waratahs in September.
OBERON AND SURROUNDS
Different from urban gardens, those of Oberon and surrounds have often been developed from virgin bush or lush farmland. Many are also works in progress, a great drawcard for visitors to return often to check out developments.
Here’s a few to pick from:
Oberon Spring Garden Open Weekend (October 27-28, November 3-4): Six gardens around Oberon and Titania Estate. Local stone mason will display products at Bridie Park and refreshments at Willow Dale Garden.
Daffodils at Rydal (September 15-16): Thousands of daffodils in bloom in private and public gardens. Refreshments available along with a variety of musical entertainment. Limited midweek group bookings from September 11 to 13. Cost: $10 includes gardens and musical events. Details: Lindsay Green 6359 3237 or rydal.com.au.
Tarana Red Cross 7th Annual Art Exhibition, Tarana Bushfire Shed (10am – 4pm September 28-30): Guest artist. Australian Red Cross The Power of Humanity. Devonshire teas available. Cost: $5, $15 opening night (September 28, 7pm-9pm).
Falkirk Farm Spring Spectacular, 2070 Edith Rd, Oberon (September 12, October 6): More than 2500 varieties of daffodils on display throughout the 2.5 acre garden, with more than 80 potted varieties for sale. Also wild bird life and farm animals from 10am to 4.30pm. Morning and afternoon tea available. Large coaches and group packages welcome. Cost: $7.50 adults, $4 children (5-16 years). Details: 6336 1282 or falkirkfarm.com.au.
The Rotary Club of Oberon Daffodil Dawdle (September 22): View seven large country gardens showing their yellow splendour. Details: Brenda Lyon 6336 5182.
Anglican Parish Open Garden Weekend (October 27-28): Visit the 6ha Currumbena parkland.
Mayfield Garden, Mayfield Rd, Oberon (9am to 4.30pm October 6, October 20-21, October 27-28, November 3-4): One of the largest privately-owned cool climate gardens in the world, located within a 5000 acre working farm includes a maze, oak forest, walled potager, 80m cascade, extensive parterre gardens and more. Cost: $25 adults, $10 children (7-16 years). Details: 6336 3131 or mayfieldgarden.com.au.
Gairloch Open Garden Weekend, 27 Blenheim Ave, Oberon (October 20 & 27, November 3): Cold climate garden features varied use of water, croquet lawn, timber and masonry structures, garden chess, vertical and parterre gardens, alpine phlox and blossom trees, metal artwork, birdlife, water features and hedging terracing. Details: 6336 0291.
Visit www.oberonfestivals.com.au or Oberon Visitor Information Centre for more details.
Got to www.visitbluemountains.com.au for more garden and other nature-based spring activities.