Conservation and Restoration

The property lies across the junction of two creeks, the Gordon Creek and The Braes Creek, forming a setting for a dramatic and beautiful cool climate garden. Part of the garden near Grose Street has the added distinction of having been established with input from Paul Sorensen (Australia's Master Gardener - Richard Ratcliffe 1990).

This is a most unusual property in the Blue Mountains area, combining a dramatically changing topography with the added element of heritage status and bounded by the World Heritage National Park wth distant views to the Gib in the Southern Highlands.

When the work envisaged by this plan is substantially complete, the new garden areas being established on the steep, south facing slope and the boundary areas will provide a graceful setting complementing the established heritage gardens and terraces.

The Braes and surrounds including Leura Oval and the Blue Mountains Heritage National Park.

Restored eastern terrace walls and pathways – late 1990s

Restoration of southern terraces using stone from the original Echo Point,
Katoomba site, following its restoration.

State of the principal dam prior to remediation.

Pond after restoration