Spring ushers in a time for colourful flowers and weekend getaways to quaint, little spots. If you’re looking to get out of the city, the Breenhold Gardens, at Mount Wilson, Blue Mountains are a must-visit. Surrounded by towering pine trees, exquisite walled gardens and flowers and ferns soaked in brilliant spring hues, the gardens are a perfect escape this season.
The Breenhold Gardens is a heritage-listed property showcasing 45 hectares of expansive gardens, meadows native bushland and fauna. The gardens were founded in the 1960s by Sydney-based sand magnate, Thomas Essington Breen and his wife Charlotte.
Since then the gardens have continued to flourish and become a much-loved destination for Sydneysiders. The gardens also offer some brilliant trails for bushwalking.
The Breenhold Gardens have also featured in many great films over the years most popularly in The Great Gatsby. Reminiscent of the English countryside, the gardens are open only during a few weeks in spring and autumn. Drenched in warm autumnal hues, you have to make the trip up to the mountains to see it for yourself. The gardens also offer stunning views of the Blue Mountains.
Breenhold Gardens is just about a 2.5-hour drive away from Sydney CBD. If you’re visiting the Gardens from the Blue Mountains, it is about a 30-minute scenic drive. There’s no public transport to Mount Wilson so if driving isn’t an option, opt for a guided tour instead. You can spend hours lost in the garden although it’s usually a 2-hour walk to circle around the area. Carry a map when you start the walk and it will make the trek a lot easier. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better place in NSW to spot autumn foliage in all its natural splendour.