Mount Annan’s Nature at its Best!
Sydney is perhaps better-known for its vibrant arts scene and trendy urban lifestyle; with visitors filling up their itineraries with stops at the iconic Bondi Beach, the Harbour Bridge and, of course, the Opera House. But just 45 minutes from the CBD, nestled in the rolling hills of Sydney’s suburban south-west sits an oasis of natural beauty. Sprawling across 416 hectares, the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan offers visitors an ever-changing tapestry of gorgeous gardens, wondrous woodlands and luscious lakes to explore.
Breathe In The Air
If you’re heading to the Garden for the day, pick up a map from the Visitors Centre and head out on a self-guided tour, like the Central Valley Walk. After a leisurely stroll, take in just a few of the 2,000 species of exotic plants cultivated at The Garden. The Garden is also home to over 55,000 trees, and after a rejuvenating walk, this is a perfect spot to unwind under the shade of 200 year old ironbarks at the western boundary.
Avid bird watchers should bring their binoculars, and if you pick up a brochure at the Visitors’ Centre on birds in the garden you’ll find some great tips on the best lookouts and places to spot them. Challenge your brain at the Federation Flower Maze or Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living, both permanent installations at The Garden.
On Your Bike!
The Garden is a mountain biker’s paradise, with trails to suit all riding levels – you can download a trail map here. Bring your bike and sense of adventure into the hidden wilderness wonderlands, set amongst plush fields and lakes. The general public is welcome to cycle the marked trails during normal operating hours (10am – 5pm), and garden members are allowed to cycle from sunrise to sunset if carrying a current membership card.
If all the nature activities have you tuckered out, take a break with a picnic or have a BBQ at one of the provided facilities. There’s even a restaurant adjacent to the visitors centre with a landscaped playground, perfect for the kiddies.
Plenty To See All Year Round
The Garden changes with the seasons so there’s always something new to see. The Australian Botanic Garden offers different events each month that highlight what’s going on around the Garden, like the current Autumn Highlights Tour & High Tea or the Autumn Sketching Safari. A list all of their events can be found on their website but a word of warning – tours and special events are popular, so book early to avoid missing out!
The Australian Botanic Garden is situated 57 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. You can get to The Garden via public transport by taking the train from Central Station to Campbelltown and then catching a bus from Campbelltown to Camden (via Mount Annan).
Alternatively, it’s a short 45-minute drive by car, and what better way to see the gardens that on your own clock. Why not check out one of Europcar’s great car hire deals and head out of Sydney’s hustle and bustle to the plush tranquility of The Garden? The Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan has something to offer all visitors; entry is free and The Garden is open all year, except Christmas Day.
Top image courtesy of Garden Visit.