Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Tomah is reportedly the Darug word for tree fern and the name for this prominent mountain on The Botanists Way. Interestingly, when George Caley became the first European to reach the summit, he also called it Fern Tree Hill.

The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, located at Mount Tomah, is the cool-climate garden of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. It features a world-class collection of cool-climate and southern hemisphere plants as well as the Jungle, an area of pristine Blue Mountains rainforest and conservation land featuring Tomah Spur. It is the highest botanic garden in Australia.

The Garden, which opened in 1987, lies on rich basalt soil at an elevation of 1,000 metres.

On display along landscaped garden walks are over 5,000 species of plants from the cooler parts of the world – including the Blue Mountains.

Many of these have been collected in the wild by garden staff and have not previously been grown in Australia.

The Garden also offers visitors the chance to see the Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis) and other rare local plants, and has stunning views over the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Events, children’s holiday activities, exhibitions, a gift shop, weddings and a restaurant are other attractions at the Garden.