Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Waratahs and Wollemis

at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

The 13th annual Wild About Waratahs Festival will take place at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden between Saturday 20 September and Sunday 28 September.

Celebrating our stunning state floral emblem and aiming to inspire a love of waratahs in the wild, this annual festival has a vibrant program and is one of our most popular events! The highlight of the festival is the NSW waratah blooms competition with commercial waratah growers from across the state competing for the title of ‘Champion Bloom’. The blooms will be publically judged on Saturday 20 September and will stay on display for the duration of the festival.

Other Wild About Waratah Festival events include a guided Waratah Wander in the Garden with a senior horticulturalist, the annual National Parks Discovery Wild Waratah Walk at Pierces Pass, plant sales and growing information. The Wild About Waratahs Festival is sponsored by Proteaflora, Wildflower Industry Network NSW Inc and East Coast Wildflowers.

Are you Wild About Waratahs?

Enter our photography competition on Instagram and Facebook! Simply take a waratah inspired photo and use the hashtag #wildaboutwaratahs

The photographers taking the top three images will win a waratah plant.

Open now until end of October

Extract from a Darug Waratah Creation Story… 'As her man failed to return from battle, the red-cloaked and brightly adorned, Krubi, willed herself to die at her lookout atop a sandstone ridge, here in the Blue Mountains. Aboriginal legend says that the first waratah rose up, redder and more glowing than this tragic maiden. The first Australians knew these blooms as Warada, "red flowering tree".'

Waratahs are not the only stunning spring flowers at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, you can also enjoy dramatic displays of colour with camellias, rhododendrons, tulips, daffodils, bluebells, crocus, lily of the valley, snowdrops and snowflakes to take your breath away.

You can also see the famous Wollemi pine - and this year is the 20th anniversary of the discovery of this amazing tree. For this year’s Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism’s Festival of Walking we will be celebrating the Wollemi pine with a Wilderness Walk and Wollemi Talk. We are also offering children’s theatre amongst the Wollemis.

Also this spring join local nature artist Fiona Lumsden on one of her popular drawing workshops, this one themed on Butterflies, Bees and Beetles. Or Get the Buzz On Native Bees at our workshop with native bee expert Megan Halcroft.

See What’s on for further details.

Spring events program for the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Wild About Waratahs Festival

Sat 20-Sun 28 September 9.30 am-5 pm

Our annual festival to celebrate the waratah and inspire a love of waratahs in the wild. Program includes the state-wide waratah bloom competition and display, Waratah Wander guided walk, National Parks guided walk, information and plant sales.

Celebrate the Wollemi - Blue Mountains Festival of Walking

Sat 4 - Sun 12 October

Join the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden on one of our specialist walks as we celebrate the anniversary of the discovery of the Wollemi pine. Go on an adventurous Wilderness Walk to Tomah Spur or bring the kids to the Wollemi Adventure interactive performance theatre.

The Buzz on Native Bees - Australian native bees of the Sydney, Blue Mountains and Illawarra regions

Sat 18 October, 10 am-1 pm, Waratah Education Centre,

Join Megan Halcroft PhD to learn about bees and how they drive biodiversity and support food security. While most bees live solitary lives and don’t store honey, they are the world’s most efficient flower pollinators. They are beautiful, diverse and fascinating to watch with about 200 species of native bees calling Sydney and the surrounding regions home. Learn how to encourage many bee species into the garden by conserving or providing nesting habitat. N.B. Chance to win the lucky door prize of a hardwood native bee nest!

Butterflies, Bees and Jewel Beetles

Sun 9 November 10 am-3 pm, Waratah Education Centre

Join wildlife artist Fiona Lumsden to explore the essential link between insects and flowers as bees, butterflies and other insects add life to botanical compositions. See the tiny marvels of engineering and bizarre beauty that are our insect cousins and team them with their flower partners. Refreshment are included. Participants to bring their own lunch. Suitable for children aged 6-12 years. $95 non-members, $85.50 members.. Bookings essential phone 9231 8182, email foundation.friends@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au.

Mystery of the Munchers

Every day through spring, 9.30 am-5 pm, collect your kit from the Visitor Centre

Explore the Garden to find the six mystery stops. It’s a wild world out there ... and who is munching who? Enjoy fun hands-on activities and discover some amazing relationships between plants and animals. $5.00. See What’s on for details and to book.


Entry to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is free.
Contact details:
Call: 02 4567 3000
Email: tomah@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
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The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah NSW 2758

T: 4567 3000 • E: tomah@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

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