Eleven of the Blue Mountains’ most spectacular gardens will open as part of the Leura Gardens Festival from 30 September to 8 October. Have a look at stand-outs: The Braes, which has had an extensive revamp; and the Waldorf Leura Gardens Resort (above). There will be music, an art show and plant sales as part of the festivities. An allgardens ticket is $25 (or $8 per garden). Visit leuragardensfestival .com.au.