Botanists Way Discovery Centre
Whatever the weather don't miss the new Botanists Way Discovery Centre at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Head downstairs in the Visitor Centre to explore the fascinating history of the northern Blue Mountains: tales of daring and discovery, botany, canyons and of the traditional custodians, the Darug.
The Botanists Way Discovery Centre tells the stories of early botanists who explored the northern Blue Mountains seeking rare plants and trying to find a crossing to the west.
George Caley, one such botanist, became the first white man to cross the largely impenetrable expanse of the Grose Valley, which he named the Devil’s Wilderness. These explorers paved the way for later conservationists such as Myles Dunphy, who worked tirelessly to ensure the environment was preserved.
Three national parks were created during Dunphy’s lifetime and, in the year 2000, one million hectares of the Greater Blue Mountains were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Using interpretative signage and displays, high-quality photography and beautiful graphics, The Botanists Way Discovery Centre will focus on the history of the northern Blue Mountains, the connections with botany and the remarkable canyons, which are only a short distance from the Centre.
The Botanists Way also features the traditional custodians of Mount Tomah,the Darug people, with a display of tools made by Darug artist Shane Smithers.
The Botanists Way Discovery Centre was funded by Destination NSW and the Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands.