Inside the stunning gardens only two hours from Sydney’s CBD that glow orange in the autumn

Inside the stunning ‘hidden gem’ gardens two hours drive from Sydney’s CBD that glow orange, red and pink in the autumn

  • Thousands flock to private garden in Blue Mountains village before winter starts
  • Breenhold Gardens at Mount Wilson in NSW, two hours west of Sydney’s CBD
  • There are five other private estates with colourful deciduous trees in the village  

Thousands of visitors are flocking to a collection of gardens in a remote village two hours west of Sydney’s CBD before autumn ends – and for good reason.

Breenhold Gardens is one of six private estates at Mount Wilson in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales and it’s brimming with colourful plants from March through to May.

The stunning 45ha estate is full of bright orange, pink and red deciduous trees and is open every day from 10am to 4pm until May 30.

Thousands are flocking to gardens hidden in a remote village in the Blue Mountains (pictured)

Tourists say the best time to visit is throughout May, so travellers should get in quick before winter sets in. Pictured: Breenhold Gardens

Tourists say the best time to visit is throughout May, so travellers should get in quick before winter sets in. Pictured: Breenhold Gardens 

There are six private gardens located at Mount Wilson in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, two hours west of Sydney's CBD. Pictured: Windyridge Gardens

There are six private gardens located at Mount Wilson in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, two hours west of Sydney’s CBD. Pictured: Windyridge Gardens 

Breenhold Gardens at Mount Wilson is two hours west of Sydney's CBD

Breenhold Gardens at Mount Wilson is two hours west of Sydney’s CBD 

Bebeah Gardens and Windyridge Gardens are open year-round, and there is only a few weeks left to visit Merry Garth and Yengo Sculpture Gardens. Nooroo Gardens will be open until June.

Mount Wilson is a truly remote village which has no shops, cafes, ATMs or petrol stations so guests will need to stop at Lithgow or Mount Victoria for fuel and food.  

The entry fee for Breenhold Gardens is $15 for adults, $5 for children or $40 for 2 adults and three or more children. 

Guests to the grounds said they enjoyed strolling through the trees, admiring the ponds and having picnics overlooking the Blue Mountains National Park. 

‘[Visiting in autumn] is worth the nearly two hours drive from Sydney. The drive itself is very scenic,’ one person wrote about the gardens. 

‘Upon entering, we were greeted with gravel road, and riot of autumn colors like red, green, violet, purple, yellow and brown. There’s several places within the garden to lay a mat and have a picnic lunch.’ 

The formal estates are full of deciduous trees which wow visitors every year with their colourful autumn leaves. Pictured: Windyridge Gardens

The formal estates are full of deciduous trees which wow visitors every year with their colourful autumn leaves. Pictured: Windyridge Gardens

Guests to the grounds said they enjoyed strolling through the trees, setting up picnics and taking photos. Pictured: Nooroo Gardens

Guests to the grounds said they enjoyed strolling through the trees, setting up picnics and taking photos. Pictured: Nooroo Gardens

Because of its size, 45ha Breenhold Gardens (pictured) is one of the best known estates and will remain open every day from 10am-4pm until the 30th of May this year 

Another tourist described the grounds as ‘captivating.’ 

‘Maple leaves crunching underfoot we made our way to the house … to gates and fountains beneath a canopy of reds, yellows and oranges.’   

The landscaping was originally done by Charlotte and Thomas Breen Snr in 1965, and the land now has thousands of trees from every continent on earth.

Travellers can also enjoy five other private gardens in Mount Wilson, which the Walk My World travel blog called ‘one of the most magical places in NSW.’  

THE SIX GARDENS AT MT WILSON

Breenhold  (45ha, on-leash pets allowed)

Open April 2 – May 30, 10am-4pm 

$15 adult, $5 child, 2 adults and 3+ children $40

Bebeah Gardens (4.8ha)

Open daily, 10am-5pm

$10 adult, $2 child

Merry Garth Gardens (2.5ha)

Open every Wednesday and first two Sundays of May, 8am-3pm

$15 adults, free entry child 

Windyridge Gardens (2ha, on-leash pets allowed) 

Open everyday, 9am-4.30pm

$10 adults, $3 children

Nooroo Gardens (1.8ha, on-leash pets allowed)

Open April 2 – June 14, 10am-4pm 

$10 adults, $2 children

Yengo Sculpture Gardens

Open last three weeks April and first week of May

$10 adult, $3 children

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