This beautiful forest drive can be found on the road between Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine just off the Bells Line of Road on the beautiful Blue Mountains of NSW in Australia. This drive comes highly recommended with the scenery varying between this magnificent forest of stringy bark eucalypts, dark pockets of ferns and the magnificent gardens of Mt Wilson. The road is sealed, well maintained but a little narrow. Be prepared for fog and misty rain as this is common to this mountain area. This low light though presents the photographer with wonderful deep green colours and contrasts. With autumn fast approaching a visit in the coming month will provide the visitor with the magnificent colours that this time of the year presents. For those who wish to stay over and walk this area there are many Bed & Breakfast spots and a cafe. Just one word of warning! Its best to take your own picnic basket as there is no general store or petrol available.

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  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 5 years ago

    ok Bev youve sold me easters coming up

  • Definitely Philip – some leaves were turning already but I’d say about 2-4 weeks, Regardless though the area is magnificent. The road further through to Mt Irvine is spectacular but nothing really to see at the other end and it is a “No Through Road”. There are plenty of picnic tables dotted through Mt Wilson and one cafe although not open when we were there. I’d kill to get onto the grounds of the old Wynne property but its padlocked plus electric fences everywhere. Hopefully when its fully restored the general public will be allowed on site.

    – Bev Woodman

  • Jan Stead JEMproductions
    Jan Stead JEMp...over 5 years ago

    ohhhh! so emtoive, evocative and brilliant Bev….So, when do you start work for Blue Mountains Tourism? Or have you already?? You should at least get some referral
    But truly this is a gem…I can even smell the moist air, feel the cool dampness, and hear the bellbirds echoing around certain bends and in particular fern lined hollows!!!

    Ah the memories of a long ago childhood come flooding back..hmmmmmmm!!

    I LIKE!

    Well done!..xxxxxxxxxxOOOOOOoooooooxxxxxxx

    :D :D :D : ))))))))))))))))

  • Oh thank you Jan for this wonderful comment and encouragement. I certainly have enough enthusiasm to do the job if they would have me. We had a wonderful four days up in the Blue Mountains and despite the usual fog and misty rain we managed to get a lot of great images. I know what you mean about childhood memories as I spent a lot of my growing up on Kurrajong Heights just down the road a bit from hear – the bellbirds, whip birds and the smell of pine, eucalypt and wood fires still bring tears to my eyes. Thank you again, its soooo appreciated.

    – Bev Woodman

  • jchanders
    jchandersover 5 years ago

    Fascinating indeed! So different from here! And then imagining that you are going on to autumn! We are so longing for SPRING. And it is around the corner!

  • … and the world goes round!! always a different season from one country to the next. Its all magic isn’t it – thank you for your lovely comment – I also get delight from looking at your wonderful forests in your gallery.

    – Bev Woodman

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 5 years ago
    there must be some apples on the trees in that direction too what is the wynne property?
  • Richard Wynne was one of the first settlers of the area in about 1875 onwards and he built a magnificent property (most of it hidden from view). There are a few buildings seen from the road and one is the Turkish Bath that is now a museum of local history operated by the Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine Historical Society. I found a website stating that the museum is open 12.30pm – 3.30pm every Sunday during Spring & Autumn, Third Sunday other months and some public holidays. I wonder maybe if a trip was organised up that way that maybe contact with this group might be worthwile beforehand to gain access. Let me know what you think.

    – Bev Woodman

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 5 years ago

    Found it The Wynne Property:

  • Well done – you were looking at the same time as I was. It looks most interesting. I’ll put up a few more images tomorrow.

    – Bev Woodman

  • jacquei
    jacqueiover 5 years ago

    Love those tall trees standing like sentinels beside the road….You have some wonderful places to go with your camera Bev…..great shot…j:)

  • Thanks Jacquei – You’re desribing them as sentinels is actually spot on. These magnificent trees were standing guard over the beautiful fern that command the lower and more protected areas. I am so lucky to have so many spots within a few hour’s drive of my home – there’s always something to capture.

    – Bev Woodman

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballover 5 years ago

    wow Bev, the destroyed trees add so much to the beauty of this image! well done my friend!

  • Thank you my friend for this wonderful comment – this image just jumped out at me when I downloaded it to the computer. It was raining and somehow this provided the even light I needed to capture the depth and character of the trees. When these trees shed their bark in these huge stringy forms, they reveal this beautiful clean bark.

    – Bev Woodman

  • Jeff Palm Photography
    Jeff Palm Phot...over 5 years ago

    Wow what fabulous trees!! Such great character!!! Nice work Bev!

  • Thanks Jeffrey – I took 350 images on this trip to the Blue Mountains and when I downloaded them to the computer this was the one I chose to go on first. It didn’t need any adjustment at all.

    – Bev Woodman

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 5 years ago
    You’ve captured our gums perfectly Bev!!! Sounds like a great place to explore!!! *-)
  • Thanks Deb – I loved this one when I first saw it. The rain I think added to the depth of colour of the bark and greenery with no sun to play games amongst the trees – it gave this one a nice even light.

    – Bev Woodman

  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanover 5 years ago

    Just beautiful Bev, I am green with envy! Is Mt Wilson a day trip from the central coast or is it far enough to be an overnight job? Looking at your work makes me want to go there now!

  • Thanks for the comment. It’s easy for you from there – I’m just half an hour north of you anyway. If I was going down I’d take the Wiseman’s Ferry road through to Pitt Town and onto Windsor, follow this to Richmond then up the mountain on the Bells Line of Road until you come to the turn off (right) just not too far after the Mt Tomar Botanical Gardens – that’s another glorious spot. You can do it all in a day trip while the days are still longer but if you want to stop over you will need to book somewhere as accommodation especially at weekends is difficult.

    – Bev Woodman

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