The Mounts

‘The Mounts' - Mount Tomah, Mount Wilson and Mount Irvine are a unique part of the Blue Mountains, settled since 1827 and famous for their private gardens and beautiful forests on basalt soil.

Many of the finest gardens are open to the public during the Autumn Garden Festival in April and May each year.

The garden village of Mount Wilson inhabits a basalt top surrounded by Blue Mountains National Park. It was first settled in 1827 by George Bowen and soon became a place for wealthy gentlemen to build country retreats. Mount Wilson is reached from Bells Line of Road 14 km west of Mount Tomah. Turn north onto Mount Wilson Road and follow it for 6.5 km to the junction of The Avenue and Queens Avenue.

From this point, Wynnes Rocks Lookout is 1.3 km along Queens Avenue and Wynnes Lookout Road. The Cathedral of Ferns Reserve lies 3 km along The Avenue and Mount Irvine Road. To reach Du Faurs Rocks Lookout, follow The Avenue for 0.9 km and turn left at the bush fire brigade shed down a gravel road for a further 0.4 km.

Wynnes Rocks Lookout provides a view to the south over the valley of Bowens Creek to the Bell Range and also to the west. But the better western view, over the rugged pagoda and canyon country of the upper Wollangambe River, is from Du Faurs Rocks - named for an early conservationist who was also involved in the development of Mount Wilson. Eccleston du Faur was instrumental in establishing Sydney’s Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park and led an artists’ camp into the Grose Valley in 1875 to promote its delights.

Cathedral of Ferns Reserve has extensive picnic grounds and several short walks amongst rainforest and tall open eucalypt forest. The warm temperate rainforest on Mount Wilson and other basalt tops in the area is of a distinctive type, dominated by trees of Sassafras (Doryphora sassafras) and Possumwood (Quintinia sieberi).

Several other walking tracks explore the warm temperate rainforest and other environments.