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AUBURN BOTANIC GAR­DENS

These sprawl­ing ur­ban gar­dens cover 9.2 hectares and fea­ture a range of unique plant and an­i­mal life. The gar­dens are pop­u­lar for pic­nics, and ev­ery Au­gust Auburn Botanic Gar­dens hosts its an­nual Cherry Blos­som Fes­ti­val. Cor­ner Chisholm and Chiswick Roads, Auburn. cum­ber­land.nsw.gov.au/ auburn-botanic-gar­dens

AUS­TRALIAN BOTANIC GAR­DEN, MOUNT AN­NAN

The Aus­tralian Botanic Gar­den, Mount An­nan is Aus­tralia’s largest botanic gar­den with more than 416 hectares for vis­i­tors to dis­cover. The Gar­den fea­tures themed ar­eas such as the Wat­tle and Banksia gar­dens, 7 kilo­me­tres of moun­tain bike trails and more than 20 kilo­me­tres of walk­ing tracks. Narel­lan Road, Mount An­nan. Daily 8am–5pm (un­til 7pm dur­ing sum­mer). 4634 7900. aus­tralian­b­otan­ic­gar­den.com.au

BARANGA­ROO RE­SERVE

Baranga­roo Re­serve of­fers spec­tac­u­lar views of the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge, AN­ZAC Bridge and sur­rounds. The six-hectare head­land has been planted with over 75,000 trees and shrubs. Stroll around the fore­shore on the Wu­lugul Walk, lie back on the Stargazer Lawn or bask in the vast mul­ti­pur­pose space of The Cut­away. En­ter via Ar­gyle Place or Towns Place, Walsh Bay. 9255 1700. baranga­roo.syd­ney

BLUE MOUN­TAINS BOTANIC GAR­DEN, MOUNT TOMAH

Stroll through 78 acres of mag­nif­i­cent land­scaped gar­dens hous­ing Aus­tralia’s most ex­ten­sive cool­cli­mate col­lec­tion. Themed dis­plays in­clude the Plant Ex­plorer’s Walk, the an­cient Gond­wana For­est with pre­his­toric Wollemi Pines and the south­ern hemi­sphere’s largest rock gar­den. Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah. Mon–fri 9am–5.30pm, Sat–sun 9.30am–5.30pm. 4567 3000. blue­moun­tains­b­otanic gar­den.com.au

CEN­TEN­NIAL PARK­LANDS

Cen­ten­nial Park­lands is a beau­ti­ful re­cre­ation area in the mid­dle of Syd­ney’s iconic East­ern Sub­urbs. Home to a di­verse range of flora and fauna, Cen­ten­nial Park­lands is a play­ground for both adults and chil­dren alike. It is one of the few in­ner-city parks with horserid­ing fa­cil­i­ties as well. En­try via Ox­ford Street, Padding­ton. 9339 6699. cen­ten­ni­al­park­lands.com.au

CHI­NESE GAR­DEN

A gift from China’s Guang­dong prov­ince in 1988 to cel­e­brate Aus­tralia’s Bi­cen­te­nary, the Chi­nese Gar­den of Friend­ship is one of the few tra­di­tional gar­dens of its type in ex­is­tence out­side main­land China. Pier Street, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily 9.30am–5pm (Apr–sep), 9.30am–5.30pm (Oct–mar). 9240 8888. chi­ne­segar­dens.com.au

HYDE PARK

Hyde Park is Aus­tralia’s old­est park, and one of its most well-known. Lo­cated in Cen­tral Syd­ney, it is the per­fect spot for a pic­nic or if you just want a break from the bustling city streets. You’ll also find that Hyde Park is home to nu­mer­ous spe­cial events through­out the year. El­iz­a­beth Street, Syd­ney.

PADDING­TON RESER­VOIR GAR­DENS

Housed be­low street level, the Padding­ton Reser­voir Gar­dens are a se­cret hid­den trea­sure of the city. The reser­voir was a vi­tal source of wa­ter for res­i­dents in the 19th cen­tury, to­day it has state her­itage list­ing sta­tus. Stroll through the gar­dens, which are rem­i­nis­cent of the Hang­ing Gar­dens of Baby­lon, and en­joy a sense of peace from the bustling city streets above. 251 Ox­ford Street, Padding­ton. city­of­syd­ney.nsw.gov.au

ROYAL BOTANIC GAR­DEN SYD­NEY

Come into the gar­dens and dis­cover hid­den botanic trea­sures set against one of the most mag­nif­i­cent vis­tas in the world. Of­fer­ing ar­guably the best views of the Syd­ney Opera House and Syd­ney Har­bour, a visit to Syd­ney isn’t com­plete with­out a walk through the beau­ti­ful Royal Botanic Gar­den Syd­ney. Mrs Mac­quar­ies Road, Syd­ney. Daily from 7am, check web­site for sea­sonal clos­ing times. 9231 8111. rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

WENDY’S SE­CRET GAR­DEN

Loved by lo­cals and gar­den en­thu­si­asts, Wendy’s Se­cret Gar­den is a se­cret no more. Hid­den away in beau­ti­ful Laven­der Bay, the gar­den was cre­ated by Wendy White­ley, wife of the late Aus­tralian painter Brett White­ley. In the after­math of her hus­band’s pass­ing, Wendy put all her ef­fort and grief into clear­ing the over­grown land near her home. She then be­gan cre­at­ing the gar­den, in a very painterly way driven by colour and aes­thet­ics. To­day, the gar­den is a spec­tac­u­lar tes­ta­ment to Wendy with its lush greenery and beau­ti­ful views of­fer­ing a sense of peace and tran­quil­lity. Laven­der Street, Laven­der Bay. wendysse­cret­gar­den.org.au

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