When on a river cruise we had these gardens pointed out to us from below and decided to take a look the next day. To get there, we jumped on a blue CAT bus [ free service] and got off at Stop 19 then walked down the road to the Adelphi Hotel, hung a left turn and climbed the 242 steps to the top. The locals apparently call these steps 'Jacob's Ladder" and they were being used by a steady stream of younger, but courteous, fitness fans for training. From there it was a short walk up the road to the Park. First stop was the Bali Memorial and we then followed the path to the main area where we got a map from the Information booth - recommended. In retrospect I am pleased that we entered the gardens via this route as I think that otherwise we would have missed some parts.
We spent around four hours walking around these extensive gardens atop the hill overlooking the city and could have enjoyed it even longer had we not had protesting legs. I enjoyed seeing the boab trees, banksias, gravilleas and peppermint trees. The Pioneer women's garden honoured the contribution made by the Pioneering women which I thought great while the Water Garden was relaxing. We took the Federation Walkway and enjoyed the views over the river as well as the treetop experience. Throughout the day we heard many birds and sat a while to locate them and watch a while.
Lunch was had at the cafe - expensive and with a limited menu. There are other food outlets there with outside seating.
Our return to the city was by the bus for which the stop is located just outside the carpark on the main road. Amazingly this service was also free.
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