Botanical Gardens, Sydney
We walked from downtown through Hyde Park into Domain Park and then the Botanical Gardens. It is a long jaunt but rewarding, both physically and photographically. This is the place to be on a Saturday afternoon in Sydney. Filled with birds, many ibis, and beautiful people jogging. Passing the swimming pool with tanned bodies, we arrived at the point and gazed on the Opera House. Bring camera with zoom lens and use the gamut of options from wide to tele.
Botanic Garden is situated opposite Sydney Opera House.
It's a big green area in the very heart of the city with many native Australian plants and also plants from other parts of the world.
We were struck by the massive tree trunks we saw there (most were fig trees).
Since the territory is huge we didn't venture everywhere, but what we did see made us wish to go back one day.
One things for phobiacs... we noticed big spider webs with spiders in them practically everywhere, so be careful when posing for a pic too close to the trees/bushes. I doubt any of the spiders were poisonous, but since I have a phobia of spiders..... checked my surroundings very carefully.
We loved the large green expanse behind the Opera House consisting of coastal walks, a botanical garden filled with exceptionally noisy fruit bats, the wide open space of the domain and Hyde Park with its cathedral, prison and monuments. You can easily spend hours here.
The Royal Botanic Gardens cover 30 hectares in a spectacular setting on the shores of Sydney Harbour, with over eleven thousand plant groups from Australia and overseas, on display.
The Intercontinental Hotel overlooks these gardens as can be seen in the photo.
The Royal Botanic Gardens, right on the harbour, are a great place to walk around right in the heart of Sydney.
Wonderful harbour views, a thirty hectare park with beautiful trees, shrubs, flowers, water features, statues and heritage listed buildings. You'll see plenty of native birds and bats too.
It's a great place to learn about the plants or to just relax, maybe with a picnic or eating in the restaurant.
The Huntsman and Dogs statue is one of the many statues found in the Botanic Gardens. During our last visit we happened upon this statue. The statue shows the huntsman listening as if he hears a noise in the distance and the dogs are on the alert for potential prey.
During one of our many explorations of the Botanic Gardens we happened upon this statue. The Satyr is a bronze statue by Frank Lynch. A Satyr looks like the mythical Pan creatures but are different creatures altogether.
With over 45,000 plants (where do they put them all) and 9,000 plus species this is one heck of a garden. It's popular not only with tourists but locals as well. Those interested in gardens, getting fit or just getting away from it all.
One of the things you'll find here is the rare and endangered Wollemi Pine, a blast from the past whose existence only became known in the late 20th century. Since then it's been propogated and sold via nurseries so its longevity is assured, if not in the wild than at least somewhere.
Another favourite is the tropical area which is located not far from the restaurant.
There's so much to see here - the Succulent Garden, Herbarium, Rose Garden and Pavilion, Wishing Tree, Australian Native Rockery, Old Mill Garden, Maiden Pavilion etc, etc.
When you're tired of all that you might decide to repair to the Gardens Shop and Restaurant, located more or less central in the garden but the whole place is well signposted.
Should you not want to walk there's a trackless train that continually travels around some of the paths giving you a laid back guided tour.
I took the grandchildren and, frankly, they couldn't get enough of the place. After over an hour we had to drag them away to our next destination but they would have been happy to spend hours there.
Scattered throughout the park are sculptures, including one of my favourites (pic 2). There's also the special fountain (pic 3) dating back to the 19th century, whose granite base was cut and polished in Cornwall, England. It is one of the few public drinking fountains left in Sydney.
The Royal Botanical Gardens & The Domain are located close to the waterfront precint and is one of the cities most attractive areas, with major sights like the Sydney Opera, Harbour Bridge and the Skyline of Sydney. The gardens were created in 1816 and today is an oasis in the middle of the city.
This is a beautiful park to walk in and see plant species from all over the world, along with plenty of animals and a wide variety of birds. This is a great place for a quiet walk or a jog, and is popular for picnics. There are also a couple of restaurants.
You can get a free guided walk at 10:30 AM daily, starting at the visitors centre, or take a self-guided walk with a map.
You can get here by walking east from the Opera House.
The botanical gardens are a must visit if you're in Sydney. They're fairly extensive, and house numerous collections of flora from all over the world. The gardens are also very beautifully landscaped, with lots of cozy paths, ponds, islands, and streams criss-crossing
every which way. You can easily spend hours exploring the grounds, looking at exotic plant (and even animal) species, including counting the large, yet very vegetarian, fruit bats resting in some of the trees above you.
The gardens are also home to the Government House, a beautiful Gothic building which in the past used to be home to the Governor, and which is still occasionally used today for some events by the Governor. It is accessible to the public at other times, and I believe there is even a free tour that you can go on.
The Royal Botanic Gardens is an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city.
On the shores of Sydney Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens occupy one of Sydney's most spectacular positions.
Established in 1816, it is the oldest scientific institution in the country and is home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas.
Apart from regular walking tours, you can save your legs, if you are a busy tourist by using the trackless train around the gardens, which operates between the Botanic Gardens Cafe and the Queen Elizabeth II Gate near the Sydney Opera House. Daily (weather permitting) every 20 minutes.
If you have time, have a picnic. Its great fun!
If you only have a few days you really MUST walk around Sydney.
My favourite city walk starts at Hyde Park in the centre of the city (Museum Train Station) and wanders through Hyde Park past St Marys Cathedral and the Archibald fountain, before heading down through the Domain, past the Art Gallery of NSW and into the Botanic Gardens.
The Gardens, which hug the harbour, are home to many of my favourite city spots, including the Rose Garden, Mrs Macquaries Chair and the palm garden. Free guided tours operate daily, check the website for details.
This walk lets you discover the harbour from a few different angles. If you have any energy left stroll over to the rocks and finish up under the Harbour Bridge. If not catch a ferry for a relaxing end to the day on the water.
In the Botanic Garden is a statue called "I Wish". From the first time my wife saw it; she loved it. She said it has a hopeful sadness about it. The girl looks as if she is wishing for something out of sadness.