Royal Botanic Gardens
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Thought to be one of the oldest public gardens in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens date back to 1810 when Governor Lachlan Macquarie and his wife had a vision for an "English parkland setting with a grand house". Over the years, this 30-hectare oasis has withstood fires, cattle grazing, invasions of flying foxes, a windmill, an aviary, and even a zoo. Today, save a few sulphur-crested cockies, it's an oasis of calm in an urban jungle.
If it's not raining, rug-up and take a free guided walk through the gardens...which should help all you urbanites to separate your Begonias from your Camellias. Although, as this month heralds the peak flowering season for banksias, you might find yourself becoming familiar with some native species as part of the Bountiful Banksias tour. Alternatively, if it's a wet weekend, warm up over brunch at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant, where you can watch the rain pour down whilst cradling your steaming cup of coffee. Exquisite.
Best For... Amateur botanists, hippy nature lovers & anyone in need of a break from the city.
Worst For... Couch potatoes.
Tours from 10.30am, daily. Free entry.
Mrs Macquaries Rd
|Opening hours:||Daily 7am-5pm (or later some months)|
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Note: Unfortunately, the organisers of Oyster Gardens announced on Wednesday, October 14 that the event will be postponed to 2021 "due to Covid-19 related complications". We'll keep you posted on when it's back and running. With New South Wales' bevy...Saturday November 21 2020 - Sunday November 22 2020