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Plan Your Excursion

Our Education team is committed to making your visit to the Garden a success. We look forward to sharing all of the excitement and wonder that the Garden holds with you and your students soon.

Pricing

Standard 2 Hour Program
Students will love our outdoor learning activities on one of our standard 2 hour programs.
 
 Standard 2 Hour Program  Cost
Education booking up to 20 students $270.00
Education booking up to 35 students $472.50
Education booking up to 50 students $675.00
Education booking up to 65 students $877.50
Education booking up to 80 students $1,080.00
Education booking up to 95 students $1,282.50
Education booking up to 110 students $1,485.00
Education booking up to 125 students $1,687.50
Education booking up to 140 students $1,890.00
Education booking up to 155 students $2,092.50
Education booking up to 170 students $2,295.00
Education booking up to 185 students $2,497.50
Education booking up to 200 students $2,700.00
Full Day Program
Get real value for your visit and bring your students for a full day of programs to our beautiful Gardens.
Simply choose two different programs that suit your learning needs and your students will get to enjoy 2 x 2 hour programs and lunch break at a discounted full day rate.
 
Full day (2 x 2 hour with 30 min lunch break) Cost
Education booking up to 20 students $432.00
Education booking up to 35 students $756.00
Education booking up to 50 students $1,080.00
Education booking up to 65 students $1,404.00
Education booking up to 80 students $1,728.00
Education booking up to 95 students $2,052.00
Education booking up to 110 students $2,376.00
Education booking up to 125 students $2,700.00
Education booking up to 140 students $3,024.00
Education booking up to 155 students $3,348.00
Education booking up to 170 students $3,672.00
Education booking up to 185 students $3,996.00
Education booking up to 200 students $4,320.00

Getting Here

The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is 105km west of Sydney, about a two-hour drive from the CBD.

Driving from Sydney: From the CBD, cross the harbour heading north and follow the M2 motorway onto the M7 motorway. Take the Richmond Road exit towards Richmond. Follow the signs to Blue Mountains and follow Bells Line of Road from Richmond to the Garden.

Driving from Lithgow: Drive along Chifley Road from Lithgow to Bell. Continue on Bells Line of Road from Bell to the Garden. The Garden is about a 40-minute drive from Lithgow.

Please note due its location, the Garden is not accessible by public transport.

Meeting Point Map

Click here to download the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Map

Risk Assessment

Click here to download the Risk Assessment (PDF)

Bookings

Click here to submit your booking request for our Primary Programs

Contact Us

E: programs.info@bgcp.nsw.gov.au
P: 02 9231 8134

Frequently Asked Questions

Important information for planning your visit

What happens if it rains? 

Our Gardens love the rain, so we believe there’s no such thing as ‘bad weather’.  

Our programs go ahead in all-weather, so we recommend that both students and teachers come prepared for the weather forecast including raincoats, gum boots and a change of clothes (if required). Umbrellas are not recommended as students will need to navigate narrow paths on their excursion.   

Please see our terms and conditions for more information around weather and cancellations or date rescheduling. 

How can I book an excursion? 

To book an excursion with us, please complete our booking request form via our website. 

In this form you can provide up to three preferred dates and your preferred start time as well as all the other necessary information we need to put together a booking for you.  

What time do your programs start? 

Our programs have flexible start times to suit your transport needs. Your preferred start times can be selected in the booking request form.  

If you are booking two sessions in a day please keep in mind we require a minimum 30-minute break between sessions. 

How many students can I bring? 

We can take a maximum of 90 students per 2-hour session or 180 students per day split into morning and afternoon sessions. If you have more than 180 students, you will need to book in for multiple dates. 

How will the program run with my class groups? 

We have a Botanic Gardens Educator to student ratio of 1 : 30. If your booking is for a group larger than 30, your students will be split into smaller groups of 30 or less with a Botanic Gardens Educator each. Your students will complete the same program in the same timeframe, in a rotation of activities. 

How many teachers/parent helpers can I bring? 

We require a minimum of 1 teacher or parent helper per 30 students. Please keep in mind that behaviour management and duty of care is the responsibility of the school at all times.  

Additional teachers or parent helpers are welcome to attend free of charge.   

When should we arrive? 

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your program to allow time for recess/lunch and bathroom breaks. This will ensure your program can start on time and that your students have the best experience on the day.  

Where is the best place to drop off and pick up students from the bus? 

Please direct your bus driver/s to the Visitors Centre. A map will be provided for your booking, showing the location of the bus stop.  

Where are the closest bathrooms? 

Bathrooms, including an accessible bathroom, are available at the Visitors Centre. 

Where can we have recess or lunch? 

There is a lawn space available at the Visitors Centre that booked groups are welcome to use for their recess or lunch. Please encourage students to bring lunches with limited packaging and make sure that all rubbish is disposed of thoughtfully.  

Where can we leave our bags? 

We recommend that students bring a small tote bag with only their hat, water bottle, recess and lunch as the Garden does not take responsibility for the loss or damage of any valuables during your excursion. Teachers must carry their first aid kits with them at all times. 

Bags can be left at the Visitors Centre. Please speak to your educator at the start of your program and they will direct you.  

What should we bring? 

We recommend that both students and teachers come prepared with the following: 

  • Comfortable and enclosed walking shoes 

  • Hat 

  • Sunscreen 

  • Water bottle 

  • Packed recess and/or lunch. Please think about limiting plastic packaging 

  • Raincoat, gum boots and appropriate clothing for forecast weather 

  • First aid kits and medications such as Epipens must be carried by teachers at all times 

Are excursions accessible? 

Yes, we will always do our best to ensure that our excursions are accessible to meet your students’ needs. Please contact us via email to discuss accessibility options for excursions. 

We acknowledge the Dharug people and their continuing custodianship of this land, Mount Tomah (Tomah is the Dharug name for tree fern). We pay our respects to the Dharug Elders past, present and emerging.