Parks / Gardens, Sydney
Visit Mrs Macquarie's chair. Mrs Macquarie,wife of the first Governor, spent her days just looking out across the waters and beyond everyday so the Governor had a chair especially built for her. These days it is considered a tradition for women to sit in the Mrs Macquarie's Chairs to look out yonder and make a quiet wish.
Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, a veritable oasis of greenery boasting views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, the city skyline and the Opera House. The gardens were the first area of cultivated land on the Australian continent and are home to the Sydney Tropical Centre with the Pyramid Glasshouse, the Herb Garden, the Fernery, the Rose Garden, a walled Cactus and Succulent Garden and, the latest addition, the Oriental Garden. It's a very nice place to spend your time on a sunny day and make a lazy day out of it. Visit for more views the Botanical Gardens travelogue please.
Take a visit at the Fitzroy Gardens in the heart of Kings Cross. This patch is less about the plant world and more about the underworld. For decades this local landmark has been a handy meeting spot for tourists, alcoholics, prostitutes, drug dealers and users. Everything that is not allowed in the park (park signs) happens. The police station is only about 30 metres away. So, they can keep an eye on what is happening and interfere when necessary. Some people are afraid of this place, but it's busy enough to be relatively safe during the day, and it can be fun to sit and watch the goings-on. On Sundays there is an outdoor market and has about 50 stalls selling a mixture of new and old wares, including everything from arts and crafts and Indian jewellery to second-hand and new clothing, bric-a-brac, crystals and candles, pottery, pot plants, and paintings. There's nothing to eat, but you'll find a wide selection of fast-food outlets and cafes on nearby Darlinghurst Road. It's really worth a visit. See for more pics in the City Views travelogue please.
Favorite thing: Relax in Sydney's central green spaces - especially the lovely Royal Botanic Gardens, which runs up to the harbour - you can find out more about this place on the Botanic Gardens website. Next to the Botanic Gardens lies The Domain - concerts are sometimes held here. Not far away is Hyde Park, which has a war memorial worth visiting.
Favorite thing: Visit The Botanical gardens and The Domain. This is the site of the country’s first park and an oasis in the busy city where you can enjoy the vast collection of native and exotic flora. Lovely place to rest a while and just sit and think.Look at the flowers and plants.
Favorite thing: Visit the botanical gardens. There are so many beautiful flowers in so many colours. You can spend a day there wandering through the extensive gardens are lounging about on the grass - people watching.
Favorite thing: When visiting Sydney there are 2 things that are a must. Firstly take a nice stroll around the Botanical Gardens along the shoreline of the harbour. Secondly to relax, sit at the end of the Opera House pier and watch as the world passes you by. You won't regret it & it costs you nothing. Remember to take some bread for the ducks.
A walk through Hyde Park after sunset is one activity. the Path from the War Memorial to Phillip Street (South to North) is lined on both sides with gigantic Moreton Bay Fig Trees, the branches of the trees are lit with thousands of miniature white lights, lovely sight. The Botanical Gardens at the foot of Hyde Park & the Domain, is alive in the Spring and Summer of the year with rare and exotic flowers, trees and plants, with a fine restaurant set right in the centre.
Fondest memory: This is a Killer! I'm a 'SYDNEYSIDER!! !' I was born in the suburb of Summer Hill, less than 30 minutes travel west of Sydneytown. When I was a Lad (:-))) the City of Sydney was composed of buildings built with native sandstone carved from the cliffs around Sydney, and as the city is oriented north & south, with the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, the air would be filled with wave upon wave of shimmering light of Golden tones, all reflections from the sandstone buildings, hence sydney was always known as and called 'The Shimmering City' Now it looks like ?????
What do I miss? I miss SYDNEY, which to us LOCALS was and still is called 'The Big Smoke' If you want to know why this name, then go - then you'll know.
Favorite thing: This photo is taken near the bottom of the Sydney Harbour Bridge... There are some nice parks around Sydney but some might take a bit of looking for...this was the first time I'd seen this one...
Favorite thing: Nice to have a walk around this park, not a far away from the AMP Tower. You will find a museum in the middle to for free.
Favorite thing: The Sydney Opera House of coarse, but i reccomend the outside over the in, the Botanical Gardens are right next door...and THEYRE FREE!
Fondest memory: Parks are a great way to escape of the city business for a while, and usually are near the place you are. Picture: a 'rare' bird in the Botanic Gardens...