Plan Your Visit
About The Garden
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 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.
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is open every day except Christmas Day.
Monday - Friday: 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm
**Visitors Centre is open 9.00am – 4.30pm (weekends and public holidays 9.30am – 5.00pm)**
Entry is free
Download Garden Map here or pick up a Visitor's Guide at the Visitor Centre open 9.00am – 4.30pm (weekends and public holidays 9.30am – 5.00pm)
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is 105 km west of Sydney in the Blue Mountains, under two-hours drive from Sydney. The drive to the Garden along Bells Line of Road is very scenic with fruit picking at orchards along the way.
- By car from Sydney: Take Bells Line of Road from Richmond. Mount Tomah is 40 kilometres west of Richmond. Look out for the signs.
- By car from Lithgow: Take Bells Line of Road from Lithgow. Mount Tomah is 39 kilometres east of Lithgow.
- Public transport: Unfortunately, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah, isn't accessible by public transport.
- Coach tours: Tour groups are very welcome at the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens. If you are arriving by bus, coach or minibus, please book on 02 4567 3000 to reserve a parking space and so we are ready to welcome you. We will do our best to accommodate you but on public holiday weekends and during school holidays we may need to direct your coach to park locally off site.
Weekends in Autumn and Spring, public holidays, Mother's Day and school holidays can be very busy in the Garden. Parking is limited so we look to update our Facebook Page with car park availability updates.
**Car and Motorbike Clubs are always welcome. Please contact us ahead of time on 02 4567 3000 and we can ensure our team can assist with your parking. If you want to reserve a parking area so that you can park together, which you can do for a small fee, please call the same number or click here for the details**
Best Time To Visit The Garden
Anytime is the best time to visit the Garden! The cool-climate garden covers 252 hectares with 28 hectares open to the pulbic and you'll find plants from around the world, especially the southern hemisphere. See what's currently looking good.
Tours & Walks
For all the details on our many offerings visit Tours & Walks
The Visitor Centre is open 9.30am-4.30pm and has information about the Garden including maps. Our friendly staff can also tell you what's looking good in the Garden.
Toilets including accessible and a baby change rooms are conveniently located in the Visitor Centre.
While there you can also complete our survey to make your next visit even better or visit www.bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au/survey
Food & beverage
The Potager, Mount Tomah is open Wednesday to Sunday and the Ugly Mug Kiosk Saturday and Tuesday and every day during NSW School Holidays **excluding winter**. Closed on 24 December, 25 December, 31 December and 1 January.
We suggest making a reservation by calling 02 4567 2575 to ensure your table. For more information visit Kiosk & Restaurant.
The Gardens also has lovely picnic spots and tables and free electric barbecues. There's plenty of space for your large or small outdoor gathering around the Garden. You can book a space for a small fee - click here for more information.
For parties, ceremonies, conferences and celebrations, we have a range of indoor and outdoor venues and stunning indoor and outdoor Wedding & Ceremony options.
Animals in the Garden
The management of the Garden is governed by the rules and regulations of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust Act which state that dogs and other domesticated animals are not allowed within the boundaries of the Garden. At the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden we have a responsibility to our living collections which is why our regulations do not permit pets in the Garden.
We do of course welcome accredited mind dogs are welcome in the Garden - they must be wearing a badge or permit on collar, lead, harness or vest and produce registration of the dog as an assistance animal issued by local council or other authorised registration agent such as the Animal Welfare League. Make your way to the Visitors Centre or call us on 02 4567 3000 and we will be sure the Rangers are aware of your visit.