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Published August 9th 2014
It's almost Spring now and ever since we were kids we've all known that that's when the flowers bloom. There are flowers in our local parks and gardens, but what about further afield? Where is the best place to see Sydney's wildflowers?
Living in northern Sydney, I know of two places around me where you can see them:
Muogamarra Nature Reserve: You probably get the best views of wildflowers at Muogamarra Nature Reserve but there are some downsides to visiting this area. First is its isolated location past Cowan in Sydney's north, then there's the entrance fee (it's only $10.00 though) and the fact that you can only explore it for six weekends of the year, during August and September (but that is when the flowers are in bloom).
Nevertheless, on a visit to Muogamarra Nature Reserve you're guaranteed to see a whole lot of colour, even if you just do the short Point Loop Walk with your family. However, if you do the longer Peats Crater Walk, you'll get extras like aboriginal carvings, animals, the remains of historic houses and join the water down at the Hawkesbury River.
There's flowers all around at Muogamarra Nature Reserve
Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens:This place is free and open all year, but it has less flowers than Muogamarra Nature Reserve in my experience. It does have very accessible walks though, some of which you can even ride your bikes on, and is more centrally located too, being off Mona Vale Road in St Ives.
Flowers right by the road at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens
These are the two places I know about and between them I'd vote for Muogamarra Nature Reserve as being the best place to see wildflowers. However I'd expect they're not the only places in Sydney where you can enjoy such sights. A little research turned up nothing, so need you to help me, where are some other places to see wildflowers?
Lockley's Pylon walking trail (a short walk) near Leura in the Blue Mountains has wildflowers along the sandy trail off Mt Hay Rd. You can see irises, pink flannel flowers, red lambertias, and boronias among others, and great views.