Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Buildings & art

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Darug Paintings
Original artwork displayed in the Visitor Centre. Created by local Darug artists Robyn Caughlan, Ian Bundeluk Watson and elder Mrs Edna Watson. The artwork is also featured on the interpretative signs throughout the Garden and in the booklet ‘Mount Tomah Darug Aboriginal Connections’ by Suzanne Kenney. These paintings portray the strong link between the Darug people and the environment. 

Click here to find out more about the Indigenous display at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden.

TOMAH-JUNGLE-MAP   Click on map to enlarge


A. Northern Pavilion
An architecturally designed shelter that complements the stunning textures and shapes of the heath & heather garden. The shelter provides magnificent views over the Wollemi National Park. Designed by Michael Eles to harmonise with the surrounding landscape with its stunning cedar construction. Ideal for relaxing or for that special function.

B. De Ferranti Pavilion
'Discreet, secluded, peaceful’ are some of the terms used to describe this new pavilion at Mount Tomah. Designed by our Horticultural Development Officer, Mr Ross Ingram, the De Ferranti family donated the funds to provide a special place in the Garden for contemplation and meditation. Incorporating elements of Asian design and philosophy the building floats lightly on the landscape. There is a gentle transition between the built and natural environment, providing a feeling of being in the garden yet with a sense of protection.

Built from mainly recycled materials, including Australian hardwoods, the De Ferranti Pavilion is located off the main trail with its own discreet access, perfect for that quiet picnic (or ask the restaurant to provide their gourmet cuisine).

C. Brunet Pavilion
Adjacent to the Brunet meadow, the Brunet pavilion was built to commemorate Alfred and Effie Brunet who donated their land to the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust. A secluded shelter surrounded by magnificent mature trees that were planted by the previous owners. These include large deciduous maples, elm, chestnuts and ash trees. French born Alfred Brunet established a cool-climate flower farm here in the 1930s. The Brunet Pavilion tells their story and provides a pleasant haven near the site of their original home.

D. Visitor Centre 
Perched on top of Mount Tomah, the Garden’s Visitor Centre is a passive solar design maximising the winter sun and magnificent views. The centre is accessible by wheelchair and provides a shop, restaurant, conference facilities, toilets, baby change room, conservatory, information & displays about the Garden. The centre includes a viewing deck, the perfect place to relax and enjoy the changing panorama as cloud drifts over the surrounding valleys and mountain ridges. Views extend north to the Hunter Valley overlooking the natural wilderness of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

E. Cockatoo sculpture  
Created by well known artist Silvio Apponyi, this statue of a large black cockatoo is located adjacent to the lilacs in the Brunet meadow. Constructed in a rich black granite the smooth texture of the bird adds a pleasant touch to this area of the garden. Kindly donated to the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust by Betty Green prior to moving interstate.

F. Equatorial sundial
The sundial was designed and constructed by Margaret Folkard and John Ward of Sundials Australia, and funded by the Friends of The Gardens. Located at the start of the Formal Garden, opposite the entrance to the visitors centre, the sundial provides an interesting feature that welcomes visitors to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Equatorial sundials are one of the few sundials that can be used to tell the time accurately at any place on earth. With a six-sided symmetry, the sundial incorporates brass and basalt into the shape of a magnolia flower to beautifully compliment these blooms in the garden.

G. Lyrebird sculptures
Created by sculptor Steve Weiss, three giant lyrebirds grace the rainforest along the Gondwana walk and forest boardwalk. Donated by the Sydney Skygarden, these works of art were originally part of their public art program in the early 1990s. Constructed from welded steel with an epoxy finish, standing at over 2.5 m in height and 3 m in length, they are quite a sight for our local real lyrebirds.

H. Stone Walls
Extensive rock walling creates the strength in structure and texture throughout the Garden. Utilised from local and central coast sources, the rich basalt rocks are used in walls, paths, stairs and building construction. The distinct hexagonal columnar structure and dark colour provide a stunning feature throughout the Garden. A visit during the summer months will reveal the many lizards that nest in these rocky homes.

I. Nursery & Depot area
No public access to these areas.

J. Residence
Located adjacent to the Visitor Centre the Residence was initially built for the superintendent of the garden. Nestled in the beautiful surrounds of the Residence Garden it is screened by lush vegetation. The design is a classic 1970s style with simple structure and discreet use of colour.

K. Caley Cafe
A new quality facility completed in 2002 to provide extra dining options for visitors. Designed by Eales Trelease Architects with easy access to car and coach parking. Provides an all weather shelter for large groups with seating for approximately 150 people. A stunning feature of this new cafe includes the extensive basalt rock landscaping created by the team of Tomah staff.

L/17. Boardwalk & viewing platform
Designed and constructed by the staff of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. The boardwalk, made mainly of Tallowwood, an Australian hardwood, provides easy access for all visitors. It passes beneath Rhododendrons and towering Brown Barrel trees (Eucalyptus fastigata) into the rainforest. Here, views towards the coast of Sydney may be seen.

Equatorial sundial

Northern Pavilion