Monday, 10 April 2017

GARDENS AND PARKS IN SYDNEY

Enjoy a free tour of the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden, on the edge of one of the great natural harbours in the world and near the iconic Sydney Opera House. In Hyde Park, stroll under a canopy of fig trees to the Archibald Fountain and visit the Pool of Reflection and the ANZAC Memorial.

SYDNEY'S NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

Relax in beautiful gardens by the sparkling blue Sydney Harbour and enjoy picnics in tranquil green oases. There are parklands perfect for cycling and horseriding and stroll in a pretty park with World Heritage-listed convict sites.

The Royal Botanic Garden is in a spectacular harbour setting, next to the Sydney Opera House. There are free guided walks, daily at 10.30am, except public holidays, and at 1pm on weekends. Reserve a place on the fascinating Aboriginal Heritage Tour and see captivating exhibitions in the Calyx.

Hyde Park is a short walk from the garden. Take the Morshead Fountain Gate exit from the garden for Macquarie Street and the grand Mitchell Library, NSW Parliament House, The Mint and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed convict site across the road from Hyde Park.

The Archibald Fountain is a striking attraction in Hyde Park, which is right next to the city centre shopping precinct. Stroll under a canopy of fig trees to the southern section of Hyde Park for the tree-lined Pool of Reflection and the ANZAC Memorial – inside is the bronze sculpture Sacrifice.

You’ll find many more gardens and parks to enjoy in Sydney. Centennial Parklands in Sydney’s east is popular for picnics, cycling and horseriding. The Chinese Garden of Friendship is perfect solitude in Darling Harbour and Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney’s west is great for outdoor activities and sports.

Take a train or rivercat to Parramatta for Parramatta Park, a delightful family park and a World Heritage-listed convict site. You can also explore a famous children’s author’s enchanting garden. Take a ferry across the harbour to Neutral Bay and Nutcote, the charming home and garden of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie author and illustrator May Gibbs.

ENJOY THESE PARK EXPERIENCES IN SYDNEY

NUTCOTE - MAY GIBBS' HOME - HOUSE MUSEUM - MOSMAN

Nutcote is the beautiful harbourside home of May Gibbs (1877 to 1969), Australia's foremost children's author and illustrator and best known today for her iconic story The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

Located in Sydney's Neutral Bay and now a house museum surrounded by delightful gardens, May Gibbs' Nutcote is an enchanting venue to be enjoyed by everyone, all year round. The house was designed by renowned architect B.J. Waterhouse. Take a guided tour around the house museum and enjoy the tranquil gardens on the shore of Neutral Bay.

Refreshments available from the Bib and Bub Tearoom. The garden is available for hire for weddings, children's parties and other special occasions.

For more information: www.maygibbs.com.au

CENTENNIAL PARKLANDS - MOORE PARK

Located moments from the CBD and easily accessible by car or public transport, Centennial Parklands is a must see location in Sydney. Made up of three major urban parks covering 360 hectares, the Parklands are aesthetically beautiful as well as historically significant, housing Australia’s Federation monument, The Federation Pavilion.

Free to visit, the Parklands are home to over 15,000 trees, Australian wildlife, ponds, flowers beds, statues, as well as offering a selection of cafes and restaurants.
When visiting the Parklands do as the locals do – take a walk, hire a bike, enjoy a round of golf, go horse-riding, or enjoy a picnic in the vast and beautifully maintained open green spaces.
You can learn more about the Parklands by taking one of their free discovery walks. Download the History Walking Tour app or pick up a Heritage and Wildlife brochure from the Visitor Information Counter.
To start planning your visit the website or download the Centennial Parklands App "My Parklands" (for iPhones and Androids), which has a built in GPS to help guide you around the Parklands.

For more information: www.centennialparklands.com.au

MACARTHUR PARK 

Macarthur Park was opened in 1906 and has a number of different areas including a heritage rose garden, the wisteria walk, the Cenotaph honouring World War One soldiers, and a shelter built in 1913 in memory of Mrs Elizabeth Macarthur-Onslow. 
Mrs Elizabeth Macarthur-Onslow, a granddaughter of John Macarthur, gifted Macarthur Park to the people of Camden in 1905. The park is home to Camden's War Memorial and the Faithfull-Anderson Fountain, which once stood where the roundabout is now, at the intersection of John and Argyle Street. The park is well known for its heritage rose garden.

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