A Travellerspoint blog

The Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney - NSW

rain 22 °C

yellow_flowers.jpg
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is a major botanical garden located in the heart of the city.
Victoria_Cross.jpg
Opened in 1816, the garden is the oldest scientific institution in Australia and one of the most important historic botanical institutions in the world.
FD85D36A04C0EE6217D835F9E87A030B.jpg
Its stunning position on Sydney Harbour and immediately adjacent to the Sydney CBD, the Sydney Opera House and the large public parklands of The Domain ensure it is one of the most visited attraction in Sydney.
FD7098A2C97C826F8E722AEDE870774C.jpg
The gardens occupy 30 hectares (74 acres)
fat_tree.jpg

Ficus macrophylla - the most remarkable characteristic of this plant is it's lack of a single trunk.
fig_tree.jpg
Instead, it has 10 or more trunks, each having arisen from an aerial root.
fig_close_up.jpg
In 1882 it was recorded that the largest of the old trees like this covered an area of about 1 hectare!

A single rose from the Rose Garden
FD9CE703DA258FCE9342C2A009C8EE04.jpg

The Lake
FD97673A9E3EA2490F7280EFD6E680DA.jpg
The lake contains Australian native freshwater eels, which colonise the ponds themselves. Even when the ponds are drained and refilled, the eels are back within weeks - staff have seen them squirming across the damp grass at night from the harbour!

Other wildlife includes plenty of Australian White Ibis
FD91D0EEF0065E270B9B6590CED6AD38.jpg

and the frst Kookaburra I've seen since Tasmania!!
Kookaburra_in_tree.jpgFD9601A1B5E6C69DF9B208FB61055A5C.jpg

Some of the statues include the four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, donated by Philip Geeves, historian, author and broadcaster
spring.jpg summer.jpgautmn.jpgFDA03A39F3F95F37EE4E5BD2AE347AA0.jpg

a Nymph
nymph.jpg

and the Girl & Boy
FD8CDD1D092B621EDB076DE17BA25391.jpg FD7EA127EAC85DF69DE7049CE49A0D36.jpg

A gunman and his dogs
gunman.jpg

Mare and Foal by Arthur Jacues Leduc (1848-1918)
FD8FAB3BA21E8013386E8F85A91F7EB0.jpg

Mrs Macquarie's Chair is an exposed sandstone rock cut into the shape of a bench, hand carved by convicts from sandstone in 1810 for Governor Macquarie's wife Elizabeth. It is on a peninsula named Mrs Macquarie's Point, and is part of the The Domain, near the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Ms_Macquarie_Seat.jpg
Mrs Macquarie was the wife of Major-General Lachlan Macquarie, Governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821. Folklore has it that she used to sit on the rock and watch for ships from Great Britain sailing into the harbour. She was known to visit the area and sit enjoying the panoramic views of the harbour.
opera_house___bridge.jpg
Above the chair is a stone inscription referring to Mrs Macquarie's Road. That road was built between 1813 and 1818, and ran from the original Government House (now the Museum of Sydney) to Mrs Macquarie's Point. It was built on the instruction of Governor Macquarie for the benefit of his wife. There is no remaining evidence of the original road, other than a culvert over which the road ran.
The peninsula sits between the Garden Island peninsula to the east and Bennelong Point (where the Sydney Opera House resides) to the west. The chair itself faces north-east towards Fort Denison and the Pacific Ocean. The area around it on Mrs Macquarie's Point is a popular lookout position for the view to the north-west of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
rocks_bridge.jpg

Posted by charlystyles 13:47 Archived in Australia Tagged royal_botanical_gardens_sydney

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

Comments on this blog entry are now closed to non-Travellerspoint members. You can still leave a comment if you are a member of Travellerspoint.

Login