Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, Blue Mountains

Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, Blue Mountains

The falling leaves drift by my window
The falling leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sunburnt hands I used to hold

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

                                                  – Johnny Mercer, American songwriter

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On a recent weekend to the Blue Mountains, Mysaucepan wanted to explore beyond Leura, Katoomba and Blackheath. So on our last day, we drove to Mount Tomah, a leisurely half hour drive from Leura.

It isn’t quite the thick of autumn yet but the deciduous trees are beginning to change into a beautiful mix of yellow, orange, crimson and gold.

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons because of these colours and it reminds me of the beautiful song, Autumn Leaves. The music and lyrics were originally written in 1945. Legendary American songwriter and lyricist Johnny Mercer wrote the beautiful English lyrics in 1947.

Pictures really do paint a thousand words and I believe there is little need for words when the autumn colours are so vibrant and beautiful.

Listen to Eva Cassidy‘s hauntingly beautiful rendition of this song as you walk through the Mount Tomah Botanic Garden. For me, it was an exhilarating experience listening to this song whilst walking through this beautiful garden.

(Click on video below to listen to Eva Cassidy sing Autumn Leaves)

Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Lush green lawn, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Lush green lawn, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Falling autumn leaves, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Falling autumn leaves, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Falling autumn leaves, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Falling autumn leaves, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

A sky of red, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

A sky of red, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Japanese maple, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Japanese maple, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

A cosy nook, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

A cosy nook, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Pretty in pink, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Pretty in pink, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Lady in Red, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Lady in Red, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Autumn blossom, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Autumn blossom, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Autumn blossom, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Autumn blossom, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

There's always room at the top, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

There's always room at the top, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

The path less traveled, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

The path less traveled, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Epacris, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Epacris, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

A busy bee, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

A busy bee, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

A sea of green, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

A sea of green, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Flamingo pink, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Flamingo pink, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Fiery red, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Fiery red, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Water feature, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Water feature, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Nasturtium, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Nasturtium, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Delicate foliage, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Delicate foliage, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Venus Fly trap, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Venus Fly trap, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

View from the top, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

View from the top, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Under a canopy, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Under a canopy, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Spiral path, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Spiral path, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Cafe and restaurant, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Cafe and restaurant, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Lady in black, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Lady in black, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

The sounds of flowing water, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

The sounds of flowing water, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Explore and wander, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Explore and wander, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

One step at a time, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

One step at a time, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Enter and discover, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Enter and discover, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Light at the end of the tunnel, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Light at the end of the tunnel, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Follow the path, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Follow the path, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

A view of the Blue Mountains from Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens

A view of the Blue Mountains from Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens

Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Mount Tomah Botanic Garden
Bells Line of Road via Bilpin
New South Wales 2758
Australia
Tel: + 61 2 4567 3000

The garden is open every day except Christmas Day
Monday to Friday 9am – 5.30pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 9.30am to 5.30pm

Admission is free.

For more information, visit www.mounttomahbotanicgarden.com.au 

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23 Responses to Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, Blue Mountains

  1. Such a wistful song. I like your photos – it looks like such a gorgeous garden!

  2. Winston says:

    Oh woooow, Chopin… You’ve really done it with this one. I just realised that I actually held my breath a few times admiring your photos. I can’t imagine how much more gorgeous they are in real life if the photos are literally as breathtaking as this already. You couldn’t have picked a better anthem for this post with the sweet, sweet sound of Eva Cassidy. Beautiful. My Mum would really, really love to be here, hope I can bring her here one day. Thanks!

    • Chopinand says:

      Dear Winston,

      Glad you enjoyed the walk. I suspect this garden will be even more beautiful come May when the autumn colours explode in all its glory.

  3. Sissi says:

    The first photo is so extraordinary it is difficult to believe that nature is able to produce such miraculous colours! Thank you for this magical walk.

  4. I start to really appreciate this kind of travel posts more especially after writing mine. It’s so fun to read but it’s not easy to write one, at least for me. You always have a complete story with gorgeous pictures. I need a post in mind to take pictures and travel. This is a beautiful place and your flower photos are stunning!

  5. Carolyn Jung says:

    What a breathtaking place to explore and get lost in. The flowers are so striking and magical looking.

  6. Hannah says:

    Eva Cassidy’s version of Autumn Leaves is one of my favourite recordings/songs of all time. I also love her take of Fields of Gold :) Perhaps you could find a sunflower patch for that one?

  7. These gardens are so beautiful aren’t they! we really enjoyed walking around them :)

  8. Those pictures are all gorgeous, but I especially love the one of the moss growing on the side of the path. Stunning. Looks like something out of Middle Earth!

  9. Row says:

    Such beautiful photos! Very breathtaking! :)

  10. That’s a really calm and soothing song to listen to as I scrolled down each of the photos. Really loved the detailed shot of the nook in the Botanic Gardens.

  11. Raymund says:

    Very Beautiful Autumn pictures

  12. Such a beautiful adventure. I love Autumn too, it is so calming and colourful. This is also true of your photos.

  13. sophia says:

    I just remembered the seasons are flipped in Australia. What lovely Fall colors!

  14. msihua says:

    Such beautiful pictures! You truly have captured the beauty of Autumn :)

  15. sugarpuffi says:

    love your flowers and leaves shots!

  16. Autumn is such a beautiful season – thanks for sharing your photos.

  17. Juliana says:

    Oh! Thank you so much for this virtual tour at the botanic garden…I really enjoyed…so pretty the colors of the leaves and the variety of flowers. I wish I could “smell” it :)
    Again, thanks for the tour and hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

  18. Spring over here, autumn over there … such simple things just amaze me. :)

    Thank you for all those beautiful pictures! This was just what I needed today! :D

  19. Shiri says:

    Beautiful photos and looks like it’s definately worth the trip (I’ll be visiting Australia, including Sydney in August-September). Personally autumn is my fav. season aswell. Though here in Finland it’s September-October months that are my favorites. Warm enough days and chilly “romantic” nights :)

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