Once you go past the Opera House and round the headland you come to the Botanic Gardens which are huge and glorious. Before 1788 of course the land belonged to the local aborigines but once Governor Phillip arrived he decided he’d make it his private reserve. So he brought over some botanists and they got to work over the next couple of hundred years and turned it into a very popular and pleasant place to spend a day.
It covers a large area and when you’re in there you don’t even notice there’s a city right behind you. Except of course for the tall buildings you can see, but it’s quiet and relaxing I mean.
Lots of ponds full of various birds and ducks and EELS! There was a sign near this pond saying not to be too disturbed if you saw a fluffy baby duck being taken by an eel as it was the way of nature. Apparently the ducks eat the baby eels so I guess that evens out although that image is not disturbing at all really.
This girl was feeding the eels. You can see the water rippling near her. (She was feeding them bread mind you, not baby ducks).
There were a lot of ducks roaming about. You can’t see here but there were little ducks swimming in the water and the mother was running along the side watching them. She’s on the left and they’re just tiny ripples in the water.
And this duck had set up her nest in a really exposed place. That little one escaped and made a run for it and when she went after it all the others that were under her made a run for it so then she decided they could all just stay on the loose and have a feed.
There are miles of paths and gardens and grassy areas to explore; you can walk, rest, picnic, run or even have an afternoon nap. You can’t bike though, no bike riding allowed which is good because you don’t have to worry about your kids getting knocked over.
Safe back bending technique being used here.
I wonder what Charles Moore, who was the director in the late 1800’s would think of the place now. He bought in regulations then that kept out – ‘all persons of reputed bad behaviour, persons who are not cleanly and decently dressed and all young persons not accompanied by some responsible adult’