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Royal Botanic Gardens

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by Sandra Moore (subscribe)
I write for fun, enjoy sharing places that cater for food allergies and the like.
Published November 1st 2012
Serenity in Sydney
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney is something everybody writes about and is a place that deserves to be written about.

Saturday morning, my best friend and I decided to revisit the fabulous Rocks Market for the umpteenth time, but instead of lunching at The Rocks, we decided to buy some sushi and then walk over to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Moving through the hordes of people at 10am, we made our way through the chaos of Circular Quay where the buskers were entertaining the tourists. We walked over the temporary footbridge just past the Opera House and then into the gardens.

It isn't just the natural beauty of the very much loved harbour surrounding the garden with views of boats and Fort Denison, but the perfectly manicured lawns, beautiful trees, all equally beautiful and all equally breath taking.

Fort Denison

We had our lunch not far from the entry gate under an enormous Moreton Bay Fig tree with such dynamic shaped roots. Opera Bar sushi wasn't bad, but coffee was needed, we decided to find the much talked about Garden Café.

We moved on up the path with Government House on our right and a sky writer in the air.

We knew it was on one the paths somewhere, but not sure exactly where. We stopped suddenly at the aroma of coffee that filled our nostrils. I thought it was close by but no hut, shop or café was in sight. We walked further, coming up now to the herb garden, and there it was, the Coffee Arabica plant.

Arabica Coffee Plant

Up close, the smell disappeared, but as you walk away from it, the smell of coffee is quite strong. We stuck our noses into the bush and took a deep breath and nothing, not a hint of a coffee smell. It was amazing.

We walked through the herb garden and tasted the oregano, thyme leaves and the sumac plant as well (we hoped it was edible). Rubbed some mint leaves into our palms for fresh minty smells and went on our way a tiny bit embarrassed but quite happy with our little interaction with nature.

Mint Tea?


Further down the path we found the café but funny enough, we didn't stop, we were too excited by the main pond, my lily pond. The wind had picked up and the sky had darkened, one willow tree had her branches swaying away from the water and was absolutely exhilarating to watch.

Windy Willow

I love Willow trees and this particular one is probably one of the more beautiful ones that I have seen. She has pale green leaves and is the perfect size for its species. The pond just complimented her fine form.

We walked over to the Folley dedicated to Governor Macaquarie's wife, Mrs Macquarie, we sat and enjoyed the views that God has given us and the views of the male runners that, God has given us also. Very cheeky but very satisfying.

Parents with young children walked around the area, the Garden train was filled with passengers at $10 per adult and only $5 per child, it's a bargain guided tour for the whole family to enjoy.

It didn't cost us more than a train ride into the city, we walked everywhere and thoroughly enjoyed our day. Satisfied with the flora, the runners, and the harbour, great for a lazy Saturday morning in Sydney.

Always a beautiful place to visit with so much to take in.
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When: Everyday, any day
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Where: Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney, NSW 2000
Cost: Free
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