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Mount Wilson
New South Wales
Mount Wilson.jpg
Mount Wilson in Autumn
Population 99 (2016 census)
Established 1880
Postcode(s) 2786
Elevation 1,008 m (3,307 ft)
LGA(s) City of Blue Mountains
State electorate(s) Blue Mountains
Federal Division(s) Macquarie
Localities around Mount Wilson:
Bell Blue Mountains National Park Mount Irvine
Bell Mount Wilson Mount Irvine
Blue Mountains National Park Mount Tomah Mount Tomah
Mount Wilson
Tributary to Waterfall Creek, Waterfall Reserve
Highest point
Elevation 1,008 m (3,307 ft)
Parent peak Bell Range
Mount Wilson is located in New South Wales
Mount Wilson
Mount Wilson
Location in New South Wales
Location Blue Mountains,
New South Wales, Australia

Mount Wilson is a village located in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia. The village is about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) east of the township of Bell, and about 100 kilometres (62 mi) west of Sydney. At the 2006 census, the village of Mount Wilson had a population of 99 people.


Mount Wilson is a long, low mountain formation that sprawls for 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) in the northern Blue Mountains area. It is completely surrounded by the Blue Mountains National Park, a World Heritage Area. It has been partly developed as a residential area, with elaborate gardens that have become a tourist attraction. The area is particularly popular in the autumn, when the red and orange leaves give it extra colour. According to some, the "well organised locals have managed to resist the tidal wave of development which swept through the other mountain towns."

The autumn colour of the Bebeah Private Garden in the town of Mount Wilson, New South Wales
The autumn colour of the Bebeah Private Garden


The Mount Wilson area was surveyed in 1868 by Edward Wyndham. It was subsequently named after John Bowie Wilson, the then Secretary for Lands in the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales. The new township became popular as a summer retreat for the wealthy in the latter part of the 19th century. Extensive gardens were planted around the houses there, taking advantage of the volcanic soils. Historical features that can still be seen include St George's Church, which was built by the children of Henry Marcus Clark and consecrated in 1916; and the house Withycombe, in The Avenue, which was built by George Henry Cox, a grandson of William Cox, who built the first road over the Blue Mountains.

The novelist Patrick White spent some of his youth there, writing about the place in his 1981 memoir Flaws in the Glass; his parents had lived in Mount Wilson between 1912 and 1937. In Flaws in the Glass, he referred to "one of those tedious Australian, would-be tourists attractions called Chinaman's Hat," a reference to a local rock formation.


Apart from visiting the gardens for which the area is famous, it is also possible to do a number of walks in places like Waterfall Reserve, the rainforest pocket in Davies Lane, the Cathedral of Ferns, Pheasants Cave, Chinamans Hat and, for more experienced walkers, the track to the Wollangambe River. There are also lookouts, e.g. Wynnes Rocks Lookout and Du Faurs Rocks Lookout. There are no authorised camping areas, but it is possible to camp in the Waterfall Reserve picnic area. The area offers plenty of scope for photography.


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