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The Spring Walk at the Royal Botanic Garden is a five minute stroll through paradise. At its peak in September and early October, a walk down this path will overload your senses with the vibrant colours and heady perfume of the blossom. If you work in the city, it's well worth stopping by here for a lunch time walk - I challenge you to see this in the middle of your day, and not feel revived just a little.
It's a small area of the Garden that is no more than 50 or so metres in length, but what it lacks in distance it more than makes up for in splendour. I stumbled across this part of the gardens purely by accident as I was looking for a bathroom, and I literally stopped in my tracks and gasped, it was that stunning.
As it's been cold up until very recently, I think people will be able to enjoy this breathtaking sight for a week or two leading into October this year (2015) (usually September is when this spot is at its blooming best), making this a good choice for an October long weekend activity.
Very good question. At 30 hectares in size, trying to locate a 50 metre long section in the Botanic Garden is a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. You can download a map from their website which labels the Spring Walk as the number 20 point of interest on the map, but the way I found it was probably the easiest, which is just to follow the signs to the Palm Grove Centre (there are signposts for this building all through the gardens), and when you get there, walk around the building looking about until you see an explosion of colour and dappled sunlight. The other clue is the statue of Spring which marks the creek end of the Spring Walk, which is close to the Palm Grove Centre.
If you want to know more about the flowers you are looking at, pick up a free 'Must See' black and white print out from the Palm Grove Centre as recommended by the Volunteer Guides. Otherwise, just do as I did and revel in the riot of colour and beauty of this amazing spot while taking a few deep, perfumed breaths.
Looking down Spring Walk towards the Palm Grove Centre
You can learn more about the plants and the history of the Royal Botanic Gardens by joining a free guided walk. These are offered at 10.30am every day and go for an hour and a half, and also at 1pm Monday to Friday (1 hour in length), through the months of March to November. These go from the Information Booth by the Garden Shop.