10 August 2017
With a diverse range of native flora, exotic plants, wildflowers and more, NSW is home to a number of incredible gardens. Read on to discover some of the most beautiful gardens in NSW—all located within a few hours’ drive from Sydney.
Take in the awe-inspiring landscape of the Blue Mountains from its 28-hectare botanic garden. Situated 1,000 metres above sea level at Mount Tomah, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden contains more than 6,000 different plant species, with almost 50,000 specimens scattered throughout the garden. This cool-climate garden offers spectacular panoramic views of the Greater Blue Mountains Heritage Area, and is surrounded by 33 hectares of ancient rainforest, known as ‘The Jungle’.
Escape to the peaceful beauty of Wollongong Botanic Gardens. With over 18 areas to explore including herb gardens, dryland gardens and rainforest collections, Wollongong Botanic Gardens is the ideal place to relax in gorgeous surrounds. Visitors can also stop by historic Gleniffer Brae Manor House, while the more adventurous can try a range of bushwalks and activities at nearby Mount Keira Summit Park, Korrongulla Wetland, or Puckeys Estate Nature Reserve.
Head to the Southern Highlands to visit the home of NSW’s famous Tulip Time Festival. Located in the centre of Bowral, Corbett Gardens was opened in 1911 and is one of the oldest parks in the Southern Highlands. Each year, the garden is mass planted with over 75,000 tulips as part of the annual Tulip Time Festival. WIth lots of beautiful tulips, trees and shrubs, as well as free entry outside of festival season, Corbett Gardens is the ideal place for a picnic at any time of year.
With over 128 hectares of bushland to explore, Ku-Ring-Gai Wildflower Garden is a great place to spend an afternoon. With eight walking tracks suitable for a range of abilities, you can traverse forests, heathland, ponds, spectacular waterfalls and more. Discover amazing native flora and wildflowers in the Knoll Garden, enjoy some lunch at one of the barbecue or picnic areas, and relax under the striking tree ferns at Fern House.
Head to Country NSW to relax in the serene landscape of Orange Botanic Gardens. Take a book or pack a picnic and enjoy the heritage apple orchards, indigenous woodlands, billabongs and more. With over 17 hectares of native and exotic plants to discover, you can start at the homestead garden, take a walk through the rose gardens, and learn to tell the time with the fascinating analemmatic sundial.
Discover 416 hectares of native flora just an hour south of the Sydney CBD, at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan. Explore Australia’s unique plant life across a series of tranquil gardens and natural areas. You can also learn about plant conservation and more at the Connection Garden, a 4.5-hectare “roofless museum”.