Mt Wilson, the heritage garden village, it is completely surrounded by the Blue Mountains National Park only 2 hours from Sydney. The area has magnificent natural bushland and rainforest, walks and canyons as well as historic houses and grand exotic gardens, some of which are open to the public.
Even though I have visited Blue Mountains a couple of times before, I have never been to the Mount Wilson area before. I have only found out about it recently when I was browsing photographs on “flickr” trying to find the best place for photographing Autumn trees around Sydney. So after I have done some research Steve and I hit the road and drove 2 hours and 10minutes west to this beautiful Autumn wonderland.
I really enjoyed that day, the colorful trees and their smell reminded me of the Autumn back home in Slovakia.
Here is a collage of photos I took that day:
An Autumn Collage of the Mount Wilson region – This is my other version of the originall collage where I used a certain type of cross processing and the “lomo” effect.
An original Autumn Collage of Mount Wilson region
About Mount Wilson :
Mount Wilson and, nearby, Mount Irvine, are two basalt capped peaks on the northern edge of the Blue Mountains. Blessed with rich volcanic soils, these two peaks were heavily timbered with temperate rain forests of sassafras, coachwood, lilli pilli, tree ferns and a thick understorey of ferns. The forests are teeming with wildlife and birds.
European settlers had difficulty reaching Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine, however there is much evidence that indigenous people camped in the area. There are many rock carvings and paintings, implement-sharpening grooves, and stone axe-heads to be found among the caves and forests, and chips of chert, a rock not of this district, have been found along creek banks.
By 1880, eight houses had been built for use as retreats from the summer heat of lower altitudes, creating at what was known at the time as a ‘hill station’. Many of these early landholders had made their mark already on NSW society, business and government. While laying out their extensive gardens in the rich volcanic soil, they never lost sight of the magnificent environment of luxurious native rainforest and bushland which surrounded them at Mt Wilson. Eucalypts and tree ferns are still featured among the exotic trees and shrubs which make Mt Wilson famous as a ‘heritage garden village’.
Among those early settlers were familiar names from NSW history, including Eccleston Du Faur, a foundation member of the NSW Academy of the Arts, later President of the NSW Art Gallery, and also responsible for the establishment of Kuringai Chase. Richard Wynne, first Mayor of Burwood and benefactor of the Wynne Art Prize for Landscape bought several of the original portions. Three grandsons of William Cox, who built the road over the Blue Mountains, were among the first landholders, and GH Cox’s property ‘Beowang’ was purchased by Mr & Mrs V. White, parents of Nobel Prizewinning author Patrick White, who spent time here as a boy.
Not only did these and other settlers establish extensive gardens but they also planted the magnificent avenue of trees from Sefton to Wynstay Lodge. They built the School and Cottage in 1891 and later St George’s Church, built as a memorial to Henry Marcus Clark by his children, and consecrated in 1916. Land was donated for Founder’s Corner, a sports ground named Silva Plana, and almost 3000 acres of native bushland, including some rainforest, was placed in Crown Reserves.
Mt Wilson remains a fascinating and charming village with many English-style houses, gardens and avenues, now over a century old, in a setting of Australian bushland and rainforest.
Website for Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine : https://www.mtwilson.com.au/
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