Campbell Rhododendron Gardens
The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens in Blackheath are an approximate two-hour drive , 120 kilometres west of Sydney.
You'll find a unique display of exotic rhododendrons, azaleas, maples and deciduous trees, planted amongst Australian native bushland, covering 18.3 hectares (45 acres).
Open all year round, the Gardens are spectacular from late-September to mid-November when the magnificent blossoms range from pinks, to yellows, to purples. Through April the autumn colours are glorious, and later, the bare branches create sculptural patterns against the native shrubs.
The Lodge Rhodo Tea Room is open for five weeks during the peak season for the best Aussie Cream Teas in the Blue Mountains. [In 2020, because of COVID-19 restrictions, they will not open.]
Allow an hour to stroll along the easy walking tracks. On a fine day, take your picnic basket and rug down to the valley and enjoy this gem of the Blue Mountains with family and friends. Dogs are allowed on leads. Take photos from the lakeside to capture the stunning reflections, and if walking is a problem, they have an accessible lookout near the Lodge.
The Gardens, with toilet facilities and parking, are off the Great Western Highway and within walking distance from the railway station. Entrance is by AUD5 donation per person. They depend on your generosity to maintain these Gardens.