Let me introduce myself: my name is Linda, I am a Dutchy but have been living in Australia for the past decade with husband and 1 year old son. Together we enjoy city life, places of natural beauty, hanging out with our friends, discovering new eateries and designers. Together with my sister I have a webshop in the Netherlands: Kiwi & Koala. Through Kiwi & Koala we are hoping to introduce the original, beautiful brands of Australia and New Zealand, many of which are run by mums like us.
In each of the big cities in Australia you will find a botanic garden, a beautiful park in the middle of the city. Sydney’s botanic garden is magical: it is amazingly quiet despite its location in the middle of a city of 4 million people. The old trees against a background of skyscrapers and office blocks is an amazing sight. Huge lawns, large flower beds and herb and- vegetable gardens form a lovely patchwork. You can walk and explore for hours, enjoy a break at one of the cafes, take a picnic or go for a ride on the kids’ train. In short: the gardens are 100% fabulous!
There is so much to discover in the botanic garden
There are hundreds of fruit bats! Thank goodness they prefer to sleep during the day … you will discover them hanging upside down high up in the trees. Parrots fly around freely: small rainbow-colored parrots and large screaming white cockatoos that fly overhead. Ibises have made the botanic gardens their home too as have possums, though you won’t see possums before sundown. You will discover amazing plants: you can find almost 9,000 different species here. Australian kangaroo paw is planted alongside English lavender.
Another great tip are the fabulous ponds and fountains. They are impressive for young and old. In the garden shop you will find lovely souvenirs and a great collection of gardening books and tools.
Behind the Opera House
Sydney’s botanic garden is located centrally, with an entry just behind the Opera House. The smell of hundreds of eucalypts is almost overwhelming. The gardens are so peaceful and quiet that you will almost forget that the bustling streets of Sydney are just a stone’s throw away. Even if you only have a half hour to spare, visit the botanic garden. You don’t pay an entry fee and who doesn’t love filling their lungs with some fabulous fresh air!