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Natural Areas

The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is home to hectares of natural woodland and alpine rainforest areas.

The areas help showcase many varieties of pines and other trees that call cool, moist mountain rainforest regions home.


Ancient conifer species and cultivars from around the world, some over 50 metres high, contrast with dwarf and coloured forms.

Our conifers and cultivars include the Wollemi Pine (wollemia nobilis) and giant Redwoods.

Gondwana Walk

Gondwana was the single, super-continent that made up the earth's southern landmass before separating 60-80 million years ago.

This walk takes you underneath towering Brown Barrel Eucalypts where you will learn about species of plants in the garden that trace their origins back to this pre-historic time.

The Gondwana Walk also features Wollemi Pines, Southern Beeches and flowering species like the Chilean Bell Flower.


At the Garden you will find a number of woodland areas featuring trees and plants from different geographic areas.

Wander through the Eurasian Woodland amongst the Oaks and Birch trees, stopping for a picnic in the De Ferranti Shelter.

The Australian Woodland brings the textures of local gum trees, while in the Southern Hemisphere Woodland you can experience the cool greens of southern beeches.

In autumn, the North American Woodland comes to life with rich, warm colours.

The Jungle

The Lady (Nancy) Fairfax Walk takes you through a section of The Jungle. Along the walk you will experience the beauty of Blue Mountains Basalt Cap Forest, an endangered ecological community.

Also keep an eye out for the epiphytic Pencil Orchid (Dendrobium fairfaxii). Named in honour of John Fairfax, this orchid was purchased in 2008 with generous support from John B. and Libby Fairfax.

You can learn more about The Jungle's long history in the conversation of New South Wales' forests here.

Wilderness Conservation Area

Take the Pedestrian Bridge across Bells Line of Road to the viewing platform. From here you can survey the Wilderness Conservation Area.

From here, you can also learn more about the vegetation communities house many rare plants and animals, and about the area's history.

The Garden plans to open this area up to the public in the future with new walking trails.