There is so much to do around the Blue Mountains area if you are prepared to drive out of the way a bit, so we jumped in the car and headed off for a day of exploring.
Jenolan Caves are well worth a visit, if you haven't been in a cave system before. There are heaps of caves to explore on a tour. There is also some smaller self guided tours that you can do. Being school holidays the tours were heavily booked, and we had a wait of just over an hour to get on a tour. We were a bit concerned when the tour descriptions said things like "light show" or "coloured lights", so had to pick a tour with the least man made distraction. We've visited Buchan Caves a couple of times, and it was interesting to compare the two.
So after an hour underground, we headed to Oberon for some lunch before making our way to the Mount Tomah Botanic Garden. It is so beautiful. There is 252acres of gardens set on top of the mountain looking back towards the coast, and on a clear day you can see Sydney. You could so easily spend a whole day there, so I'm going back next spring with my sister and Mum.
The Rhododendrons, Flowering Cherry Trees, Camellias and Waratah are out at the moment, and are just spectacular.
We also dropped by the Rhododendron Garden at Blackheath, but was short of time to explore. So this is on the list to see better when we have a "gardening girls" weekend away next spring.
Left - Blackheath Rhododendron Garden
Right - View from visitor centre at the Botanic Garden
Such a day of contrasts!