Gardens in Sydney

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Gardens in Sydney

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  • linnman
    singapore278 contributions
    A nice and spaced out garden for a relaxing walk. Worth a visit after visiting the Opera House as they are just next to each other. Although nice, it felt like a huge park unlike the Botanic Gardens in Singapore which is a UNESCO Heritage Site. There is a Government House (the NSW Governor's official residence) within the Sydney Botanic Gardens that is worth visiting.
    Written May 17, 2022
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  • Ron B
    Brisbane, Australia6 contributions
    Our visit to this most impressive and expansive garden was made so much more interesting and enjoyable because of the wealth of knowledge our delightful guide from the Friendship Garden, Carolyn, provided on the complimentary tour.
    Written January 9, 2021
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    If you didn’t know it was here, you’d walk right past this subterranean garden on busy Oxford Street. It’s only small and is set below street level, so it’s easily missed. However if you’re in the area, it’s worth a quick stop.
    Stairs lead down to a small but beautiful sunken garden and pond which is set in the preserved ruins of an old 19th century reservoir.
    Ferns, flowers and green leafy plants are planted around the remnants of historic walls and brick vaults. The empty water chambers have also been retained and you can peer through into the cavernous spaces. Elevated boardwalks allow you to look down upon the whole thing.
    It is reminiscent of ancient Roman ruins. Whilst it’s on a much, much smaller scale, you can almost imagine yourself at the Roman Forum.
    The reservoir is an interesting part of Sydney’s early history. Fresh water was always a problem in the new colony. Right from the start the search for a reliable and permanent supply of clean water had plagued the colony.
    Throughout the 1800s, reservoirs and dams were being constructed. The Paddington Reservoir was built in 1866 and as the city expanded and demand increased, a second chamber was added in 1877 to ensure a holding capacity of 2 million gallons. Unfortunately the location wasn’t elevated enough and by 1899, the reservoir was decommissioned.
    Later it was converted into a garage workshop and later a service station, until 1990 when the old roof finally collapsed, forcing the whole thing to be closed. Finally in 2006, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer were taken on to create a public space and garden on the site.
    NOTES:
    * Entry is free.
    * For anyone with mobility issues or pushchairs, there is an elevator at the back of the garden area.
    Written April 3, 2022
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  • Jamjmm
    Uckfield, UK60 contributions
    Always enjoy visiting Nurragingy Reserve. Really love the Chinese Garden - makes a fantastic backdrop for wedding photos.
    Always disappointed that the cafe is shut when we have been there, even on days when it is advertised as being open.
    This year, the drought meant that the water in the lake was very low, which was a shame, especially for the birds.
    Written March 7, 2020
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  • Manickjg
    1,201 contributions
    When we heard about Lisgar gardens in Hornsby it was much to our surprise as we had never heard of it even though having been residents n the Hornsby Shore for more than 6 years. A HIDDEN GEM in Hornsby for sure! Not too big but enough to enjoy and appreciate and spend few hours if you pack a picnic. Easy to get to and there is some seating and a lovely undercover wide open area. Just beware of leeches. Limited opening hours.
    Written February 18, 2022
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  • Funambulator
    The Rocks, Australia1,770 contributions
    In central Sydney’s northern portion of Hyde Park, a bit off the main path where walkers tend to conglomerate and stroll, you’ll find a quiet little nook of a garden hidden away in a corner. The garden is dedicated to the memory of two royal Georges of Anglo-German ancestry, George V and his dutiful son George VI, whose reigns on the British throne converged in the year 1936, separated only by the brief interregnum of a renegade and always unmentioned Edward. The small circular garden with a shallow central fountain was intended actually to celebrate the royal visit of George VI in 1952 until the sudden and inconvenient death of the reigning monarch during that year. As it was, when completed and opened in 1954 it was as a memorial to both father and son. The garden is the result of the joint contributions of sculptor Lyndon Dadswell and the architect Henry Epstein (the latter had designed the distinctive Modernist style Chaim Hillman House in Roseville in the late 1940s).
    Raised up above the garden are bronze patterned memorial gates comprising the ‘official’ entrance. The gates—decorated with crests and heraldic motifs of flora and fauna—are flanked at either end by segments of stone walls, inscribed on which are the two kings’ names and reigning dates. The garden’s multi-coloured flower beds get a regular overhauling, Wisteria pruning was the go on the day I visited Sandringham Garden.
    Written February 12, 2022
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    This is one of the very best play areas for small kids. Located within Sydney’s Centennial Park, the whole thing is quite magical and it’s free.
    There are all sorts of activities here for the adventurous child who wants to explore and climb and dart through tunnels. Equally, for the less adventurous, it is a beautiful space to walk through, with interesting little paths, quiet corners, hidden surprises and secret areas.
    The highlight is the central water play area. Shallow pools with a number of fountains provide endless water play. Timed water jets prompt shrieks of delight as small children are continually caught unaware. It’s a very safe area. The jets are all very gentle and the water is so shallow that an adult can walk across the pool in running shoes without getting wet.
    The whole area is securely fenced and there are plenty of spaces where you can sit.
    There were only a couple of drawbacks. Firstly, it is reasonably easy to lose a small child if you have ‘a bolter’. The greenery along the paths is so dense that you can’t always see very far ahead and the maze of paths take so many little twists and turns, intersecting at different points that a child can dart off very quickly. The other thing is that the park benches in the more heavily shaded area, had quite a lot of mosquitoes.
    Apart from this, the park was easily the best one I’ve seen in ages. Afterwards, take the kids to Duck Pond and watch the swans, ducks and fish. This is also a lovely spot to have a picnic beside the water.
    Written April 4, 2022
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  • AndyJohn74
    Sans Souci, Australia2,002 contributions
    Located just to the north of the Macquarie Place a park, this is another small gardens. It is nicely maintained and contains a couple of sculptures and an eatery to the northern side.
    Written January 17, 2022
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