Top 4 Most Beautiful Spring Gardens in Sydney
What do you think are the best day trips in Sydney this spring? There are plenty of great places to enjoy the warm spring breeze after your time learning English at Scots. Below, we list Sydney’s 4 best gardens to sit back and smell the roses.
- Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, St Ives
This 123-hectare urban bushland is situated in St Ives, on the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, 20km north of the Sydney CBD. Featuring bushland, gullies, ponds and waterfalls, this spot is great for bush walking, picnicking and special events. You may love to relax, breathe in the fresh air and feel the sun on your skin. Alternatively, you can walk from 900m to 2km along the Solander Trail, which features some of the most prominent flowers in the garden and some gorgeous rock formations. Another great idea is to go along the 4.5km Mueller Wilderness Path, where you will find wallabies, crayfish, red gums, waterfalls and lively creeks.
Admission is free and opening hours are from 8am to 5pm daily.
2. Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
This 416-hectare botanical garden is located in a hilly area of the south-western Sydney suburb of Mount Annan, about 60km southwest of the CBD. As the largest botanical garden in Australia, it is home to over 4000 species of native plants.They are arranged by species for your best observation and learning. In Wattle Garden, you will find over 950 species of Acacia, while the lush streams of Banksia and Grevillea Gardens are home to waratah, banksia, hakea and rainforest.
It’s open daily between 8am and 5pm in the fall, winter and spring, and 8am — 7pm in the summer. Admission is free.
3. Sydney Wildflower Nursery, Heathcote
Located at 9 Veno Street, Heathcote, about 40km south of the CBD, Wildflower Nursery is the largest supplier of finest quality Australian native plants. There are over 1200 species of plants here. Wildflower Nursery also have an extensive range of tubestock, including grasses, rainforest plants, indigenous and bush tucker plants.
It’s open daily between 9am and 5pm.
4. Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve, Kareela
Located at Kareela in Sutherland Shire, 23 km south of the CBD, this is one of the few specialised gardens in Sydney solely dedicated to Australian native plants. It was established in 1969 as a tribute to Joseph Banks, who collected numerous flora specimens when visiting nearby Botany Bay in 1770. The landscaped garden covers an area of 2.2 hectares, with 4km of sealed paths. A wide range of Australian native plants are showcased in planted theme gardens, including sun-loving plants, rainforest, an acacia garden, silver foliage garden, bush tucker, shade garden, fern garden and lily garden. There is also an unplanted natural area showing the original remnant Sydney sandstone vegetation.
Opening hours are 9.00am — 5.00pm daily with the exception of Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Originally published at scotsenglish.edu.au.