Botanical Gardens, Sydney

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    Statues of the Botanic Gardens: "I Wish"

    by cjg1 Updated Feb 10, 2011

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    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.

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    Botanical Garden: Queensland Bottle Tree

    by cjg1 Updated Feb 10, 2011

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    The Bottle Tree hails from the Queensland area of Australia. The tree gets its name "Botle Tree" from it swollen trunk. The trunk is where the tree stores a large capacity of water which makes it quite drought resistant.

    We found one of these bottle trees in the Botanic Gardens.

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    Botanical Garden Reflection Pool

    by cjg1 Updated Feb 1, 2011

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    The Reflection Pool is a serene little spot in the Botanic Gardens. On every trip to Sydney we have come to this spot to sit on a bench and relax. It's a quiet and peaceful place to enjoy naure in the heart of the city.

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    Royal Botanic Gardens

    by ValbyDK Updated Sep 17, 2010

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    The Royal Botanic Gardens were established in 1816, and feature plant life from the South Pacific.

    The Royal Botanic Gardens is a favourite picnic spot and jogging route for many people in Sydney.

    When you pass through the Royal Botanic Gardens, you must also take a look up in the trees… There are many bats hanging in the trees. They are called flying foxes or fruit bats – fruit bats because they look like dark fruit hanging in the trees. There are several species of bats, and the largest has a weight around 1 kg.

    We passed through the botanical gardens when we were walking from the area near Circular Quay to our hotel at Kings Cross. I don't think it's a shortcut, but it's a nice walk.

    Royal Botanic Gardens Flying Foxes
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    King Edward VII

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 23, 2010

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    Liz and I were walking through the Botanical Gardens when we came upon this large bronze statue of King Edward VII on horseback. This statue was made in 1922 by Sir Thomas Brock.

    King Edward was the son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert; he waited a long time until he was 60 years old for his crown. He was a popular King but known to have many mistresses. His favorite mistress was Camilla Parker Bowle's Great Grandmother..I guess being a Mistress runs in her family but Charles did eventually marry Camilla.

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    Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens

    by dustmon Written Jun 6, 2010

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    There is a sizable colony of Grey-headed Flying Foxes in the gardens, that they are actually trying to move to another location, using noise deterrents...These large size bat-like creatures are destroying some of the habitat in the gardens, but they are really cool looking, so if you want to see them, you might want to hurry!
    For birdwatchers, there are tons of cool birds to see as well!

    Big Bats!!
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    Royal Botanic Gardens

    by ELMinthebreeze Written Jan 30, 2010

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    What a lovely place to spend a few hours!

    The Royal Botanic Gardens are right in the middle of downtown Sydney. When we went (October), it was Spring in Australia, and the gardens were really putting on a show.

    We also saw lots of unique Aussie wildlife. Our favorites were the very odd Ibis birds, and the dozens of bats (specifically "Grey-headed Flying-fox" bats) hanging from the branches of trees. (Don't worry, they're nocturnal. You can enjoy them in the daytime from the ground.)

    There are also tons of very curious cockatoos. (In the States, people own them as pets. The Aussie ladies we spoke with couldn't believe it.) They request you don't feed them, though. Clearly, people do, though. They totally gave me the "stink eye" when I didn't. =/

    Most beautiful of all about the Royal Botanic Gardens is they're FREE. =) If you're coming towards the end of your Sydney trip and running low on funds, this is a great way to see some local flora and fauna -- and some locals, too. We met an adorable pals of senior gal pals who regaled my hubby and I with stories of growing up and living in Australia over the past 70+ years. That was a real trip highlight.

    Be sure and stop by Mrs. Macquaries Chair at the Northwestern corner of the gardens for an unbeatable photo op w/ both the Opera House and the Darling Harbour Bridge in the shot.

    View of downtown Sydney Sleeping, Grey-headed Flying-fox bats Getting the stink eye from a cranky cockatoo! G'day mate! Got any crackers? Classic shot at Mrs. Macquaries Chair
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    Botanical Garden Walk

    by LadyRVG Updated Jul 29, 2009

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    The Botanic Gardens are situated overlooking Farm Cove, east of the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and Macquarie Street. The Botanic Gardens were founded on this site by Governor Macquarie in 1816 as part of the Governor’s Domain.

    The Botanic Gardens has ponds, flora, fauna, birds, reptiles, flying foxes, statues and benches. It's a great place to sit and relax on a nice sunny day with a picnic, people watch from a bench, explore the gardens or take a leisurely stroll. We found oursleves here many times enjoying the interesting trees and wildlife of the gardens and taking a romantic stroll along the waters edge.

    Posing with an interesting Tree I love the natural beauty Strange stone formation Enjoying our walk Simply beautiful
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    Royal Botanic Garden

    by ratherboutside Updated Feb 19, 2009

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    I kept going back even though I was only in Sydney for 5 days. The grounds are very well kept and the landscape is wonderful. But that was not the main attraction for me--it was the bird life and bats. It is very deserving of a stroll and if you find it as fascinating as I did, you may just find yourself heading back to see more.

    Destructive critter Bats just hanging around In the air--hard to photograph! They were LOUD!! spur-winged

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    ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL BOTANICAL GARDENS

    by DennyP Written Feb 2, 2009

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    Just around the bay from the Opera House is The Sydney Botanical gardens..such a huge gardened area in the centre of the city..wheather you are walking from the Opera House or from Hyde Park the Botanical gardens is not more than a few minutes away..There are plants, flowers and trees from all over the world here to look at and enjoy..beautiful manicured gardens with all types of flowers..and quite frankly a photographers joy..Join the many locals that just lay on the manicured lawns under huge trees in the shade on a hot Sydney summers day..Take in the peace and quietness of being in the heart of the city..while enjoying the fragrances of the miriad of wild flowers and rows of garden flowers around you..You will see many different birds here also attracted by the various trees and nectars...everybody that has enjoyed the sight of the Sydney Botanical Gardens always talks of the experience..

    ONE OF MANY WONDERFULLY DIFFERENT TREES THE PEACE AND QUIET OF THE PARK SO MANY SERENE AREAS TO SIT AND RELAX BOTTLEBRUSH BANKSIAS..
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    Botanical gardens

    by mallyak Updated Aug 28, 2007

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    The Royal Botanic Gardens, which are just a short walk around the water's edge from the Sydney Opera House, is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful settings you will see anywhere, with the gardens filling an area of land between the harbour and the eastern part of the central business district. The gardens sit on the side of an undulating piece of land and the harbour views from up on the hill are superb. There are large trees with a wonderful shade canvas and this makes the best spot imaginable to stop and have lunch - sitting on the grass and taking in the harbour views.

    A walkway skirts around the harbourfront at the lower part of the gardens and is popular for lunchtime walks or jogs. The gardens have more than one million specimens and there is even a hop-on hop-off "train" for the less energetic.

    The gardens are an excellent place to escape

    Get married in the Garden-NOT US! hop-on hop-off View from lady macquarie's chair

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    Botanical Gardens

    by Marlfox Updated Mar 22, 2007

    Located on the coast between Woollomooloo harbour and the Opera House, the Botanical gardens are my favourite place in Sydney.

    Its just a great big garden to walk around, to sit under a tree and have a nap, to read a big, or just to watch the world go by. Has some cracking views accross the harbour and Opera House.

    You can do a tour of the gardens on an electrc train for $10, bu its more fun just to wander round the place yourself.

    Look up in the trees and you can see hoardes of bats sleeping, waiting for the night.

    Go and spend and afternoon chiling out here- guarentee that you will love it.

    The rare plant garden Some local birds... Twin Lakes Bats

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    Royal Botanic Gardens

    by lisha74 Written Oct 21, 2006

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    See the cockatoos! They fly free in the gardens, and if they believe there's a chance of getting food from you, they'll even land on your shoulder (or head, as happened to me). Don't worry, they're gentle. Even if birds aren't your thing, the Gardens are worth a walk-through. Very beautiful landscape, with small placards illustrating indigineous Australian plants and wildlife.

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    Royal Botanical Gardens

    by saw50st8 Written Sep 13, 2006

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    Located in the heart of Sydney, the Botanical Gardens are a nice place to relax during a hard day of sightseeing! Go jogging or just look at the beautiful flowers and the large fountain. Make sure to enter at the Palace Garden Gates, which are beautiful and bring you right to the Fountain of Neptune!

    November-February: 7 am–8 pm
    March & October: 7 am–6.30 pm
    April & September: 7 am–6 pm
    May & August: 7 am–5.30 pm
    June & July: 7 am–5 pm

    Free!

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    Royal Botanic Garden - Huge Tree

    by imstress Updated Apr 26, 2006

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    This huge tree found at the Royal Botanic Garden must have been rooted here for a very long time.

    The tree is very healthy as there are many green leaves and the branches are very thick.
    It will provide a very good shade for a picnic under this tree.

    Royal Botanic Garden - Huge Tree
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