Saturday, March 5, 2011

Royal Botanical Garden of Sydney

The Royal Botanic Gardens were first established in 1816 and they are now one of Sydney's finest natural assets. The gardens also offer some of the best views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge possible. The 74 acres of gardens is home to over a million specimens, some of which were planted by the newly arrived European colonists almost 200 years ago. Sightings of possums and flying foxes, dragonflies, blue-tongued lizards, Australian birds, butterflies and an eel or two. People may enjoy discovering the giant lily-pads, the Herb Garden, the Glass Pyramid and the amazing Succulent Garden. The Royal Botanical Gardens attract more than 3 million visitors a year. The gardens were home to Australia's first vegtable patch planted by the British colony's first governor, Governor Arthur Phillip, who was the founder of the site which is now the city of Sydney.

Photos and Video from the Garden
video
An Ibis coming too close for comfort.
Me at the gates of the Royal Botanical Gardens
 Statue of a Ballerina
View from garden of the Sydney Opera House
 
Fountain at the garden
Bats roosting in a tree at the garden
 An Ibes near the pond
 Short red and yellow billed duck
Brendan sitting atop Mrs. McQuarie's chair
 
Water lilies in a pond

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