Well off the Blue Mountains’ tourist trail, the secret of Mayfield Garden helps to put the small town on Oberon at number 19 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Richard Unsworth, garden designer, garden editor for Belle and owner of Garden Life.
Keep going past the Blue Mountains’ usual tourist haunts – Leura, Blaxland, the Three Sisters and Katoomba – and you’ll eventually come to a turn-off to Oberon, a pretty country town where bric-a-brac stores and country-town Chinese restaurants still jostle for position among the heritage façades of the main street.
It’s not your ‘usual’ tourist haunt (although there are plenty of affordable farmstays and cottages for rent, which come into their own during winter when it regularly snows), but “there’s a huge garden here (Mayfield Garden) that is totally unexpected and quite breathtaking,” says Unsworth.
“Personally I think it’s worth a trip to Oberon just to see it; 65 hectares of stonework, plants and water features, with a café, restaurant, great coffee and a garden shop.”
Time your stay right and you can also join a wild mushroom foraging expedition with Bella and Katriina from FinSki’s, who’ll take you to a secret forest location in search of the cup-shaped treasures.
Top it off with a wander around the local markets (on the first Saturday of the month) and you’ll even have the ultimate feed for the evening’s dinner and dessert – gobbled beside your cottage fireplace, no doubt.
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