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Published August 13th 2012
If you have been hibernating over winter, then it's almost time to venture out and enjoy all that spring has to offer. There is no better way to welcome this lovely season than to visit a beautiful garden with fragrant flowers and exotic plants. Whether you are organising a special date, a picnic with the family or a reunion with friends, plan a trip to one of the following gardens.
Have you visited Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens recently? If not, then it's time to pack a picnic basket and head downtown. Right in the centre of Sydney's CBD, these incredible gardens offer plenty of quiet spots for you to enjoy, read a book or just wander and explore. The contrast of high rise buildings and beautifully manicured gardens is simply breathtaking. Not to mention the incredible views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Sydney Botanic Gardens is divided into several feature gardens including Cadi Jam Ora, Herb Garden, Begonia Garden, Oriental Garden, Rainforest Walk, Palm Grove, Australian Native Garden and so many more.
Entry to the garden is free, although there is a small charge if you wish to visit the Tropical Centre. The gardens are open 7am to 5pm every day and during summer they are open until 8pm.
The perfect destination for a day or weekend getaway, Wollongong Botanic Gardens feature an amazing variety of flowering plans from around the world. You will find a Rose Garden, Azalea Bank, Woodland Garden, Rainforest, Succulent Mound, Herb Garden and Sandstone Collection amongst others. For children, there is an incredible enclosed playground and although there are no cafes located on the grounds, you will find a mobile café parked near the entrance.
Entry to the garden is free and there is plenty of street parking as well as a car park. During school holidays you will find special programs for children and during school year, many schools organise excursions for their students. You can also host your wedding at the gardens or a special event. Opening hours are 7am to 5pm weekdays and 10am to 5 pm on the weekends. During summer weekends are open until 6.45pm.
Mount Wilson Gardens are privately owned gardens, many of which are open to public throughout the year, although spring and autumn are most popular, as the gardens are at their most colourful. Enjoy a quiet walk, amazing lookouts or bring a picnic and stay for the day relaxing with family and friends. Some of the gardens open to public include Yengo Sculpture Gardens, Nooroo, Breenhold, Windyridge, Bebeah and others.
The best way to get to the gardens is by car or you can take a garden tour with TCP Garden Tours which leave from Katoomba Railway Station every Saturday morning.
Many of the garden owners charge a small entry fee, so don't forget to bring some money, as there are no banks nearby.
If you are after something different, then try camping, pick your own walnuts or chestnuts or go bird watching.
One of the most spectacular places you can visit in the Hunter valley region, Hunter Valley Gardens stretch out over 16 hectares with 8kim of walking paths. You will find a number of incredible sections including Formal Garden, Chinese Moongate Garden, Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Storybook Garden and more. The garden has a café and a store, but if you prefer to relax, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Cost is only $25 for adults and $13 for children. There is plenty of parking and excellent amenities. The gardens are generally open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Sunday, however, during special events such as Christmas Lights Display, the gardens are also open at night.
If you are after some fun, then try your hand at Aqua or Putt Putt Golf. Aqua Golf allows you to hit floating golf balls into a 5000 square metre lake. If your ball lands in a target net, you can win vouchers to restaurants, wine cellars, hot balloon rides, etc.
Putt Putt Golf is great for the whole family including young children. Giggle your way through all 18 holes of the picturesque putt putt course.