Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne & Sydney, December 2017

Back in November/December 2017 I jetted off to Australia to visit family – I’ve never been in summer before so I was really looking forward to exploring all of the lovely gardens and parks of Sydney and Melbourne.

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney is up there in my favourite places in the world. Situated right next the Opera House, the gardens offer something for everyone – fitness fanatics on their lunch time runs, tourists taking in the spectacular views, and loved-up couples enjoying picnics on the lawns.

I was really excited to take a look at The Calyx, the main exhibition currently on show in the gardens. The plants and flowers are housed in a lovely glass arc-shaped building and entry is of course free – it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

It’s important to take a couple of hours to fully take in the gardens and exhibitions. There’s a couple of lovely cafes on site, so you can always stop for a drinks and snack (and a delicious Bundaberg ginger beer – seriously, the obsession is out of hand now!) or a rest to break up you wander.

Although I’ve been to Melbourne a couple of times, until now I’ve unfortunately not been able to fit in a trip to The Royal Botanic Gardens. On our first couple of days in the city we had lovely weather so it was the perfect excuse to go for a wander around the gardens.

It’s very different to the Sydney garden but I really enjoyed walking round – it was mainly the trees and plants I was interested in here because there were just so many of them. Sydney also has lovely trees and plants but the flowers are definitely the main event.

If you’re planning a trip to Australia I’d absolutely recommend exploring the Botanical Gardens.

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