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Wonderful ways for Sydneysiders to spend Autumn in the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah

February 7, 2018 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

From inspiring exhibits to kid’s theatre and an array of natural autumn colours, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah is full of fun events set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Garden. Newly added Easter adventures and past favourites like birdwatching with Carol Probets will be a delight for locals and friends from afar.

Here are our top six ways to spend time outdoors and in the cool-climate Blue Mountains Botanic Garden;

1. Spend a weekend away to fully immerse yourself in the natural surroundings. Refresh your mind with a stay at the spectacularly located The Jungle Lodge

2. Join Megan Halcroft, PhD to learn about native bees and the role they play in our environment at The Buzz on Native Bees. Megan will explain how you can encourage bees to come into your garden too!

3. Learn some of the habits of the beautiful birds of the Garden with Carol Probets in the Bird Walk and Talk.

4. Take in the beautiful, World-Heritage listed view while enjoying a delicious meal in the newly refurbished restaurant, The Potager, Mount Tomah.

5. Entertain the whole family with the exciting and interactive Mountain Critter Capers theatre adventure. This fun and informative theatre takes you on a journey through the Garden discovering some of the critters that call the Garden home. 6. Take a free guided walk with an experienced tour guide during the most majestic and exceptional display of autumn colours

While at the Garden stop by the Visitor Centre and browse the cool-climate plants on sale – why not take one home as a keepsake. Or book into one of the other fun and interactive events, workshops or exhibits.

The full list of events at the Garden include;

• Wedding Open Day Saturday 17 February 10am-2pm

Imagine your wedding at the breathtaking Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. On Saturday February 17, we will be hosting a Wedding Open Day. See some of our popular wedding and ceremony sites dressed as they could be for your special day. Chat to some of our local suppliers and try food and wine from our new restaurant The Potager, Mount Tomah.

• Autumn Colour March to May As a cool climate Garden, the change of season is always stunning at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. In autumn, the Garden is ablaze with colour including Japanese Maples, North American Oaks and Dawn Redwoods…grab your camera and come see them for yourself. We will be selling Garden grown Red Maples throughout April. Plan your visit https://www.bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au/Visit/Plan-Your-Visit

• Standing Up Alive – An Aboriginal Art Exhibition Saturday 17 March – Sunday 13 May 9.30am – 4.30pm Standing Up Alive is an Aboriginal expression describing how the people are not only still going, but are dynamic; alive! Join Aboriginal artists Wayne Brennan, Shane Smithers, Chris Tobin, Leanne Tobin and Uncle Peter Williams who use the power and connection of their local symbols and patterns in a contemporary way to create a vibrant exhibition. Free entry.

• Easter Adventure – Self-guided Quest Friday 30 March – Monday 2 April 9.30am-4.30pm An Easter Egg Adventure the whole family will enjoy! Use the Easter Adventure map to hop through the Garden and find the 5 activity stations. Complete the fun physical challenges, stamp the passport and collect your chocolate prize! Suitable for children 5-12 years. Bookings essential at www.bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au/Whatson

• Autumn Bird Walk &Talk with Carol Probets Saturday 14 April & Saturday 26 May 8am – 11am Join birding guide Carol Probets on a morning walk to see some of the Garden’s beautiful birds and learn about their habits. Autumn is an exciting time, often bringing surprises as migrating birds pass through the area. Many species move away from their breeding territories into more open habitats and small birds flock together in mixed groups. Carol will teach you how to use binoculars and spot birds, will discuss bird identification techniques and how to get started as a birdwatcher. Suitable for beginners or those who have already done

some birding. Cost: $30 per person. Bookings essential at www.bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au/Whatson

• NERD ALERT: Science for Kids Wednesday 18 April ‘Flying Things’ Thursday 26 April ‘Garden Chemistry’ 1pm – 3pm Nerd Alert is all about hands-on Science fun. Kids will make and use fun gadgets, mix up chemical compounds, build and test models, investigate with scientific equipment and experiment with super-cool science! Flying Things: Play with the wind, defy gravity and make some things that fly! Experiment with paper planes, kites and tube-flyers, and find out how to make things that will go up and stay up! Garden Chemistry: Mix up some chemical potions! Extract chemicals from plants, have fun with invisible ink, test the Garden soil – and more!

• Kids Theatre- Mountain Critter Capers Thursday 19 April and Friday 20 April 11am – 12pm Come on an exciting and interactive theatre adventure through the Garden! Meet local Mountain Critters on your journey: Can you outstare the grumpy possum? Be kind to a slightly scared snake, help the busy bee pollinate flowers and lend a hand to a proud bower bird! There’ll be songs, jokes and surprises… everyone can join in the fun on this adventure. Find out amazing and surprising things about animals living in the Blue Mountains.

• The Buzz on Native Bees Saturday 28 April 10.30am – 1.30pm Join Megan Halcroft PhD to learn about bees and how they drive biodiversity and support food security. While most bees live solitary lives and don’t store honey, they are the world’s most efficient flower pollinators. They are beautiful, diverse and fascinating to watch with about 200 species of native bees calling Sydney and the surrounding regions home. Learn how to encourage many bee species into the garden by conserving or providing nesting habitat. $25 per person. Bookings essential at: www.bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au/Whatson

• Autumn Kids Quest – Aboriginal Adventure (part of Standing Up Alive Exhibition) March-May

9.30am-4.30pm Go on a walkabout through the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden – can you find the 5 adventure stops? Find out how Aboriginal people use plants for food, shelter, medicine and more! Look and listen to spot the birds and animals living in the Garden, enjoy fun hands-on activities, find the clues to solve the puzzle …. and win a prize!

Part of ‘Standing up Alive’ featuring the works of five NSW Aboriginal artists who use the power and connection of their local symbols and patterns in a contemporary way to create a vibrant exhibition.

• Free Volunteer Guided Garden Walks Dates vary but generally Wednesday to Sunday Depart from the Visitor Centre at 11.30am For a wonderful way to see the Garden, join a Volunteer Guided tour. Our Garden experts offer a sensory feast of the Garden’s seasonal highlights. Learn about the fascinating history of the Garden and see what’s looking good on an hour long walk. Groups are limited to 15 people to ensure the best experience. For groups of more than four people please pre-book. Booked group tours are $12.50 per person. www.bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au/whatson/Free-Guided-Walks

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