Everyone knows Sydney as the ‘harbour city’, but did you know that Sydney is also a haven for green thumbs?
If you’re making the trip to Sydney for the Australian Garden Show Sydney this September, why not visit some of the other gardens that Sydney has to offer?
Royal Botanic Gardens
Set on thirty hectares in the heart of Sydney, the Royal Botanic Gardens will showcase another side of Sydney. The gardens showcase Australia’s unique plants in a celebration of its indigenous cultures as well as offering different themed gardens for gardening enthusiasts. Threatened and rare species of plants from Australia and across the world are on display and the gardens are dotted with cafes, restaurants and galleries. The gardens also make the perfect place to meet with friends and have a picnic by the waterside, located just a short stroll from Circular Quay.
Chinese Garden of Friendship
At the southern end of Darling Harbour, and just a short stroll from Chinatown, resides a haven amongst the bustling metropolis of Australia’s largest city. The Chinese Garden of Friendship combines running water, drowsy willow trees and cool ponds to create an atmosphere of calm – the perfect place to take a break and relax. Be sure to visit the Dragon Wall, the Rock Forrest and Twin Pavilion.
Paddington Reservoir Gardens
A unique slice of Australian history sits in the suburb of Paddington – just a short trip from the city. The Paddington Reservoir Gardens are housed in the repurposed grounds of an old Sydney reservoir. The layout of the gardens among stone arches and steel reinforcements, as well as the vibrant graffiti art, shows a unique connection between urban spaces and nature.
The Australian Botanic Garden – Mount Annan
Covering more than 410 hectares, the botanic garden at Mount Annan is the largest botanic garden in Australia. Located just fifty minutes south-west of Sydney, the garden is designed to display the diverse Australian flora. The garden also offers picnic areas, walking trail and free barbecues – making it fun for the whole family.
Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
Perched at one thousand metres about sea level is the suburb of Mount Tomah in the Blue Mountains, home of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. The gardens are located just ninety minutes from the city and overlooks the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Offering a glimpse into Australia’s cool climate plant species, the gardens also contain a number of formal gardens and a protected area known as ‘The Jungle’.
We hope you enjoy your trip to the Australia Garden Show Sydney. Be sure to take the time to visit some of Sydney’s own amazing gardens. If you’d like to learn more about Sydney, including what’s on, accommodation, things to do and more, visit the official tourist website, Sydney.com.