The Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney is now one of the most popular go to destinations in the world. It is attracting hundreds of thousand visitors of annually. It is the front garden to the lucky few who live and work in the city. The gardens were established as a food garden when the first fleet arrived in 1788.
One of the many monuments scattered around the gardens
To the disappointment of the first gardeners, the plants failed, leading to near starvation for convicts and soldiers alike before successful crops were planted at Parramatta. Rum became the currency of the colony; not great for a convict settlement. Known for many years as Farm Cove, it was established as Botanical Gardens in 1816. Governor Lachlan Macquarie arrived in Sydney in 1810 and set about planning a city he believed would one day became one of the great international destinations of the British Empire. The gardens cover 74 acres owned by the NSW government. Today it has 28,000 plants and trees.
Before you visit, go to website rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au. Planning your day is essential to take full advantage of all there is to marvel. A great way to start is via the Opera House gate. First collect a visitor guide. Then board the 'choo choo' train. The ride takes half an hour and costs a$10. No credit cards or foreign currency is accepted, much to the disappointment of many visitors [strange but true]. The train makes 2 stops, you can get off and re-join the 'choo choo' at your leisure.
Five restaurants are scattered around the gardens, but there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy lunch. Why not take a picnic and sit under one of the many trees and watch the joggers who start their daily exercise from opening time every day at 7a.m. to sun set.
Among the many highlights are the rose garden, spring walk, carnivorous plants [yes, you can watch feeding time each day], palms, ferns succulents and the oriental garden. Just some of the 38 different gardens.
Rose garden venue for many weddings
New Year's Eve 2019 is one of the many special events organised in the gardens. For over 18 visitors there are 5 different locations set aside for viewing the spectacular fireworks display organised by the City Sydney Council. For tickets go to: rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au./nye19. Sydney knows how to party.
Don't leave these gardens to tourists, you will be surprised at the beauties the city has to offer. A stroll down Macquarie Street reveals some great architecture. It is impossible not to be impressed by the Harbour and the Opera House and surroundings. Free entry every day.