Everglades Historic House & Gardens

Leura, NSW, 2780

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Everglades is one of Australia's foremost heritage gardens. This treasure from the 1930s sits in twelve and a half acres of European-style gardens and native Australian bush with breathtaking views over the Jamison Valley in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains.

Opening Times

Spring & Summer Open daily 10am - 5pm (commences when Daylight Savings begins) Autumn & Winter Open daily 10am - 4pm

Entry Fee: $13

National Trust Members - FREE ENTRY Concession $8 Children $4

Location & Contact Info

  • 37 Everglades Ave
  • Leura, NSW, 2780

Local Climate Zone: 9 - Cool Temperate

Summer avg. Max: 25°C Winter avg. Min: 3°C
Avg Frost Days:43
 
Annual Rainfall avg: 1269mm. Summer avg. 402mm.
No. of rainy days: 53 Winter avg. 216mm.

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Garden Guide

Situated on one of the highest points of the now World Heritage listed greater Blue Mountains, Leura in the 1930s was just starting to come into its own as a Blue Mountains hill station. Like the already established Mount Wilson, it offered the wealt ...

Highlights of the garden

Extending from the courtyard is the Cherry Terrace with its line of weeping Japanese cherry trees. It is defined on the right side by an ironstone wall, softened by a 'floating hedge' of conifers. The effect was achieved by planting the tree roots into weep holes in the wall.

A stepped walkway leads down to the Terrace View which traverses the edge of the Jamison Valley. Here the exotic plantings of the upper terraces merge with the natural bushland. Pathways become more informal as they lead down to the Lookout, and its dizzying views to the Gordon Falls below, deliberately concealed until the last minute when it presents the grandeur of the Valley as a surprise. A low, ironstone wall curves along the edge of the Lookout, complemented by wrought iron fencing featuring Art Deco curves, chevrons and the clouds of the Blue Mountains, their patterns reflected in shadows on the ground.

Turning back from the Lookout, a path leads towards the Grotto Pool. The grotto is concealed from view until the last minute by a weathered cliff rich in ironstone and foliage. The waterfall which cascades some eight metres down a rockface into the pool below looks entirely natural.

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