Autumn ushers in a time for road trips and weekend getaways to quaint, little spots. Breenhold Gardens, at Mount Wilson, Blue Mountains are an absolute dream for more reasons than one. Surrounded by towering pine trees, exquisite walled gardens and flowers and ferns soaked in brilliant hues of red and gold, the gardens are a perfect escape from the city.
The Breenhold Gardens are 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 haven for many city folks. The gardens also offer some brilliant trails for bushwalking and we highly recommend you do a walk to take in the true beauty of the place.
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The Breenhold Gardens have also featured in many great films over the years most popularly in The Great Gatsby. Reminiscent of an 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 spectacular lookouts across the Blue Mountains.
Breenhold Gardens are 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 you can’t drive, opting for a guided tour would be your best option. 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 your life a lot simpler. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better place in NSW to spot autumn foliage in all its natural splendour.