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Best Spring event - but get there pronto
Spring Walk, Macquarie Wall, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
The delicious Spring Walk - comes by only once every year to light our hearts with joy.

Most Sydneysiders know about the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney. Unless you intentionally avoid gardens or have intense agorophobia, you have most likely visited Australia's oldest botanic garden and 30 hectare public showcase for over 8,800 different species of plants.

What is less well known about this green oasis of peace in the heart of the city, is that it is a superb place to view spring blossoms and bulbs.

Spring Walk, Macquarie Wall, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Annual splendour of the Spring Walk - not so well known.

Make sure to book in a visit in early September. The blooming of the Spring Walk is one of the highlights of the year. It is personally an anticipated annual event on my calendar.

This year, warmer temperatures ensuing through August (daily temperatures an average 2 degrees celsius higher) have resulted in an early blooming season. The Royal Botanic Gardens report (phone call on 29 August 2012) is that the Spring Walk is currently at it's most delicious peak. Thus, if you want to see the Spring Walk at it's best, you need to get there pronto.

Spring Walk, Macquarie Wall, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Spring Walk - best outing this week.

Few sights can rouse joyful emotions so well as the sight of an avenue of cherry tree boughs filled with creamy pink froth. The Japanese, with their cherry blossom festivals, know this. Symbolic of spring, youth, hope, joy and the passing hardship of winter, these showy blossoms have captured the hearts of people all over the world. Plantations of colourful bulbs and flowering shrubs like May add to the sumptuous spring feast.

Spring Walk, Macquarie Wall, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
The joyful sight of cherry blossoms - few things can match it!

No need to book a flight to Japan in May or drive all the way to the Mountains. Cherry blossoms, tulips and other colourful spring bulbs are close at hand in our very own Royal Botanic Garden.

Spring Walk, Macquarie Wall, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Ranunculus are some of the stars on the Spring Walk

Location of the Spring Walk
The Spring Walk is on the Macquarie Walk within the Royal Botanic Garden. It is behind the Botanic Garden restaurant and to the side of the gardening shop. You can find all three locations on the map supplied by the Royal Botanic Garden. Click on this Link to view the map and the exact location of the Macquarie Walk.

For those who haven't been to the gardens before, they are located on Mrs Macquaries road, within the midst of Sydney city's cultural and harbour hub on the eastern edge of the CBD. Nearby landmarks include the open parkland known as the Domain and the Art Gallery of NSW (Cahill Expressway side) as well as the Conservatorium of Music (on the Macquarie st side). The gardens are bounded by Macquarie Street, the Cahill Expressway and Mrs Macquaries Road.

Spring Walk, Macquarie Wall, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Well planned colour scheme - purple wisteria and yellow tulips.

Parking and Transport Matters
Unfortunately, you will have to think about these practical matters before you can lose yourself amongst the whimsy and mystery of the garden.

Metered parking is available outside the gardens but will cost you heavily. There may be spaces available in the Domain carpark. To avoid parking hassles, and for those of you who don't own cars, catching a bus or train is an option. If you are catching the train, get off at either Martin Place or Circular Quay.

There are several gates by which you can access the gardens, including two on Macquarie Street (near Government House and the Conservatorium of Music respectively) and one on the Tarpeian Way (closest to Circular Quay station). There is also one near the Opera House. However, most people seem to access the gardens via the gates near the Domain entry.

Spring Walk, Macquarie Wall, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Blue Irises feature in the Spring Walk and blossom a little later.

Best dates to visit the Spring Walk
Timing is everything if you want to see the cherry blossoms and bulbs at their best. These wonders of Springtime only have a short window of bloom - about three to four weeks at most. Early September is your best bet, though spring can arrive early or be delayed depending on the weather. As mentioned earlier, this year (2012) the Spring Walk burst to it's glorious peak in August.

Spring Walk, Macquarie Wall, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Yet another photo of the sumptuous Spring Walk.

Contacting the Royal Botanic Gardens
For all queries concerning the Spring Walk or the Royal Botanic Gardens, you can contact them on 02-9231 8111 (weekends 02-9231 8125). There is also a plethora of information, including maps of the garden, to be found on their website. Click on this link to go direct to the Royal Botanic Gardens website.

Spring Walk, Macquarie Wall, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
According to my 3 year old, all flowers are made by the fairies.

Are you feeling weary, stressed or burnt-out? Let the gardens heal you with their magic balm. According to the research, and as every healer of merit knows, gardens have unexplainable healing properties, and the act of gardening, can help cure both stress and depression.

Want a romantic respite with your lover or something to delight a garden loving child. Lighten your heart with a stroll through the Spring Walk. May spring sunshine and blossoms fill your soul with all the hope and joy it can contain.

Spring Walk, Macquarie Wall, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Gardens such as these have unexplainable healing properties.

If you make it this weekend, look out for me. I'll be there with my flower loving child who believes all gardens are made by the fairies.

Spring Walk, Macquarie Wall, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
The rare and beautiful sight of tulips in the city can lift the heart.
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Why? Lighten your heart with the joy of Spring.
When: Approx August-Sept.
Phone: 61-2-9231 8111
Where: Macquarie Wall, Royal Botanic Gardens
Cost: Free
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Linda, what wonderful images.
by tcpga (score: 1|49) 2699 days ago
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