Royal Botanic Garden – Great place to be close to nature and sea
The Royal Botanic Gardens is the largest botanical gardens open to the public in Sydney. There you can find vast and lush green, hundreds of plants and flowers, what is better, the park was built along the sea.
Royal Botanic Garden is the best place to take a perfect entire Opera House in your photo, as the angle is just right for that whole building. It only take 2 minutes to go to Opera House from its seaside exit, so it also quite convenient if you want to visit Opera House as well.
Another highlight is Mrs Macqurrie’s Chair. The Chair is not that special, just with some inscription, but Mrs Macqurrie’s Chair is a famous sightseeing in Sydney, maybe I don’t know the background behind. Still worth visiting, because the seaside way leading to the Chair is fabulous. [more]
Sitting in peace at the most stunning gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens in the heart of Sydney´s are a beautiful expansion of trees and plants originally planted here during colonial times. When I was there in summer it was great area to sit and relax, away from the sun and crowds. The buildings were striking, my favorite being the pyramid of glass. These gardens were located next to the Opera House and for my point of view, was one of the most beautiful and privileged locations in Sydney. At the Visitor Center anyone can join one of the daily organised tours around the gardens. [more]
Searching for an oasis in Sydney
Sydney is no doubt the most visited and the most populated city in Australia. In downtown Sydney, towering skyscrapers pressed against each other and there is barely any spare space. Everywhere you look; there is always a maddening crowd. Tourists and Sydney-siders brush past one another in every direction. Sometimes, even a walk in central business district can be a stressful. It’s fast-paced and full on mad. The miniscule Hyde Park doesn’t quite cut it. (Unless your idea of relaxation is reading next to a group of dodgy-looking people, skateboarding teens, and picture-snapping tourists. ) Kudos to the founding fathers of Sydney to offer its offspring a far better alternative-Royal Botanic Gardens.
Sitting right on the edge of downtown, RBG is the oasis to go to get away from it all.To start with, this natural wonderland offers panoply of native plants and exotic bird species (Cut to the cockatoo and flying foxes!!) Apparently, the sight of hundreds of grey-headed flying foxes (fruit bats) can be quite the draw card for the photo geeks but for some reason, it gives me the heebie-jeebies so I’m just as happy to take pictures of the lovely flowers. Then there’s the immaculately-manicured lawn which looks incredibly lush and inviting. (Actually, there are signs everywhere that invites the visitors to walk on the lawn, so feel free to go shoeless!) It’s also worth-noting that there are a number of interesting-looking sculptures throughout the place. My personal favourite is “Cometh up as a flower” by an English Sculptor named Shakespeare Wood. (Check out the picture.)
A stroll around Farm Cove to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is a must as it provides an unobtrusive harbour views. Appreciate Sydney from a different angle and snap a picture here that will surely boost your confidence of your photo-taking skills. Mrs. Macquarie’s chair has become an iconic feature of the park as well, and the name says it all. It’s Mrs. Macquarie’s favourite spot in the park. Story has it that the Governor’s wife liked to sit there and watch the ships coming in the harbour. In fact, she liked it so much that Governor Macquarie had his workmen carved a special seat out of the rock for her.
Although it has its fair share of plants and flowers, the garden itself does not really have an elaborate collection as one might expect of a botanic garden, instead, it is a massive parkland that provides a great retreat for the city dwellers. You see people from all walks of life here. Impeccably-dressed business professional sits on the bench while texting away on Blackberry. Folks on their long lunch breaks, blokes tanning on the lawn. (Ladies, bring your sunnies!) kids come here to fly kites, families on a picnic, workout buff jogging along the picturesque harbour. In here, everyone is entitled to a corner of solitude.
The garden is beautiful all year around. On a stuffy summer day, the trackless train is a pretty ideal way to get around this enormous space. (It’s not free though.) In winter months, come here for a dose of green and grab a cuppa at one of the pavilions. Entry to the garden is free of charge, however, the pyramid-shaped tropical centre charges admission. A free guided tour of the park departs every morning at 10.30. It’s an insightful way to explore and learn about the history of the park and it lasts only about an hour and a half.
The easiest way to get there is entering from the gate adjacent to the Opera House.
The domain is a massive lawn connected to RBG, but mostly for footy practice and outdoor events.
More pics to come. [more]
The Royal Botanic Gardens
Walking through the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney is a fantastic way to see the harbour and immerse yourself in Australia´s natural beauty. There are hundreds of different varieties of plants, trees and flowers and you certainly see your fair share of animals too!
At the far end of the gardens is Mrs Macquarie´s Chair, the place for that “here I am in Sydney” photo, with its backdrop of the harbour, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Be prepared to queue up for your spot on the wall though!
At dusk the Royal Botanic Gardens are the perfect place to see hundreds of huge flying foxes (bats) take to the skies. [more]
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