ON A beautiful winter’s Sunday recently, The Hungry Mum household visited the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney to check out the plant life.
It is the perfect outing for little people: free (monetarily), fresh air and more than you could see in a day.
The gardens stretch for 30 hectares and take in everything from Wollemi pines from dinosaur days to a re-creation of an Aboriginal gunyah and midden. Then there’s the sculptures scattered throughout the grounds, the succulent garden, the Oriental Garden, rainforest walk, duck ponds and so much more.
History is never far away and you can discover lots about the first colonial farm which once stood on the grounds.
Misses 4 and 6 loved the Fernery, set inside the former farm’s kitchen gardens. Beyond the old sandstone walls is an enclosed garden full of ferns from around the world, and, according to Miss 4, plenty of fairies.
It is the walk around to Mrs Macquarie’s Point and the stunning harbour vista that stopped us in our tracks. Despite being Sydneysiders it is hard to tire of the view of the sparkling harbour, Opera House and bridge.
The harbour was so clean it was possible to watch fish darting through the seagrasses. We continued walking until we reached Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel for lunch.
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