Gardens of Stone: In Focus

Photographic Exhibition

Weekend of 17 – 18 September 2016

Opens Saturday 10AM, closes Sunday 2PM 
FREE Award ceremony and refreshments from Saturday 2PM

The New Law Building, University of Sydney

In 2015, groups of professional and non-professional photographers crossed the Blue Mountains on various expeditions into the rugged landscapes of the Gardens of Stone. An area of internationally and nationally significant natural assets, from stunning rock formations to endangered swamps, the Gardens of Stone region is a place worth saving.

Sadly coal mining in the region continues to degrade its creeks and rivers and contribute to the collapse of cliff faces, and if we do not act soon, this natural wonderland, Sydney’s equivalent to the Bungle Bungle Range, will be damaged beyond recovery.

The photographers returned with hundreds of exquisite images that capture the breathtaking beauty of the Gardens of Stone. This September, 160 of the most striking photographs will come to Sydney in the “Gardens of Stone: In Focus” Photographic Exhibition, curated by Anthony Bond OAM, former Director Curatorial at the Art Gallery of NSW. A caleidoscope of images that showcases why these extraordinary landscapes deserve protection for both conservation and recreation will be presented. 

Visit the exhibition for free and meet some of the photographers who ventured out into this spectacular part of Australia to captured its beauty on camera. Be inspired to follow in their footsteps – by visiting the Gardens of Stone for yourself or by sharing their passion in their talks and workshops about landscape photography and conservation during the exhibition.

Entry to the exhibition and the catered award ceremony is free. Workshops and talks are accessible with day passes.

Celebration event

Join our host, Julie McCrossin, and MC, Joan Domicelj AM, in Celebrating the Gardens of Stone. This catered function starts on Saturday 17, from 2PM and refreshments will be served.


  • Launch of Gardens of Stone values report – Ian Brown
  • Winning Photographers Awards presentation 
  • Julie McCrossin interviews a Special Guest 
  • Gardens of Stone Video launch PLUS
  • Refreshments and fun

Talks & Workshops

Register and purchase a day pass ($30) or a two day pass ($55) to join us at the talks and workshops, with refreshments included.