Posts tagged Sydney flora
A royal day out

Yesterday Sydney Nimble Tours took a small group to the Royal National Park. The day started with a stopover at the perfectly still waters of Audley Weir. This was followed by a walk along the Jibbon Loop Track to the Jibbon Headland Aboriginal engravings and Shelley Beach.

At this point of time it was essential to have an all important coffee at Bundeena before heading to Garie Beach for a picnic lunch. The main event for the day was a bush walk from Garie Beach to Thelma Head.

The group showed off its fitness on the ascent to Thelma Head. The views of Garie Beach to the North and Era Beach to the South reveal the grandeur of cliffs and lushly forested hills abruptly ending before the Pacific Ocean.

On the way to Thelma Head the shoreline has a significant area of tessellated pavement which in parts was rectangular and in others triangular. The name tessellated originates from the resemblance of the rock to the tiles of a mosaic floor.

The day was completed by a refreshing body surf at Garie Beach.

See www.sydneynimbletours.com.au/royal-national-park-tour/ for the Sydney Nimble Tour that includes Wedding Cake Rock.

Enchanting reflection of gum trees at Audley Weir

Enchanting reflection of gum trees at Audley Weir

Smiles all round for a picnic lunch of rice salad, meatballs, rocket, avocado and chicken salad and fresh Italian bread

Smiles all round for a picnic lunch of rice salad, meatballs, rocket, avocado and chicken salad and fresh Italian bread

Alien messages or tessellated pavement?

Alien messages or tessellated pavement?

The beginning of an era… (North Era Beach)

The beginning of an era… (North Era Beach)

Blooming Waratahs

The photographs below were taken two days ago in the bushland of the Blue Mountains. The first photo shows both a red and yellow Waratah. The yellow Waratah is less common than either the crimson or red Waratah and is a hybrid, created by cross-pollinating Waratah species from several states of Australia. Hope you enjoy!

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Somewhere in the Blue Mountains - yellow and red Waratahs

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The NSW floral emblem sets a high benchmark

Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney

The Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney (‘Gardens’) are one of the most delightful and expansive places in Sydney. The land area is 30 Hectares. Whilst there you have the option of visiting the NSW Art Gallery, Government House (inside tour by appointment only) and the Music Conservatorium as these three buildings are in the broad area.

The Gardens are centrally located to the east of the city, offer a perfect location for photographs, and the Opera House can be accessed from the Gardens. There is a lot to see and the only limitation is the amount of energy you have.

If I had only a few days in Sydney a reasonable time allocation would be one and half to three hours. There are plenty of spots to have a picnic and enjoy the ambience and vistas of the opera house and harbour bridge.

Some of the highlights for me include: Calyx, Southern African Garden, succulent garden, native plants and trees, Mrs Macquarie chair and the gardens of Government House.

As we are in Spring the next few months are a perfect time to visit. The Waratah is the floral emblem for New South Wales and one of Australia’s most brilliant native plants. A patch of these plants are currently in full bloom. Sydney Nimble Tours can include a visit to the Gardens in any of our days out.

The photos below in top to bottom order: crimson coloured Waratahs, Government House gardens with photo bomber, flowers in Southern Africa Garden and Government House entry.

Waratahs in the Gardens

Waratahs in the Gardens

Government House with photo bomber

Government House with photo bomber

Southern African Garden

Southern African Garden

Entrance to Government House

Entrance to Government House