The alpha city of Sydney in Australia is a busy metropolis buzzing with numerous global economic activities. To balance the way of life of Sydneysiders, there are many parks and gardens located in the city are where local dwellers and tourists alike can have picnic and relax from the hectic bustle of work.
There are three major botanical gardens in Sydney which can be accessed free of charge on whatever day of the year. One among them is the Royal Botanic Gardens which are located on an location that overlooks Farm Cove. This 30-hectare area is found on the east direction of the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and Macquarie Street. The Southern edge border of the gardens is the Cahill Expressway and on the eastern border is the Art gallery road. This garden has one of the most beautiful settings with large trees and a shade canvass that could serve as a stopover site for eating picnic lunch on the green grass.
Aside from gardens, the city of Sydney also boasts of other prominent parks. One among them is the Hyde Park. This huge park is located on the eastern side of Sydney’s central business district. This park is southernmost part of the parkland chain extending north towards Port Jackson shore. Hyde Park is rectangular-shaped, squared at the southern end and rounded at the northern extremity. Measuring 16 hectares in land area, this park is bordered by Elizabeth St.(west), College St.(east), St. James Road and Prince Albert Road (north) and Liverpool St.(south). The Archibald Fountain is the famed centerpiece of the park. The Nagoya Gardens found at the northern end of the park features a giant outdoor chess set as well as the underground entrance leading to the St. James railway station. While at the southern end can be found the Anzac War memorial at the back of the ‘Lake of Reflections’ and the opening towards the Museum Railway Station. Other amazing monuments and entrances are included as features of the park.
Sydney, Australia is also rich with national parks. Just 20 kilometers north of central Sydney is the Garigal National Park. The park’s name ‘Garigal’ is derived from the clan Ku-ring-gai aboriginal tribe who once lived in that area of the park in the past. This is the largest national park in uptown Sydney that has a land area of 22 square kilometers. This April 19, 1991-established national park is managed by the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service. The trails found in this park are Cascades Track, Heath Track and Bare Creek Track.
If Garigal is large then the Lane Cove National Park is a small national park that can be found within metro Sydney (10km northwest of Sydney CBD). This 6km2 national park became open to the public on April 24, 1992. On all sides, this national park is surrounded by developed suburban areas. Most of the park’s ground consist of rough landscape especially on the river valley slopes. The park itself is covered by forest with weed swarm. Within the Lane Cove National Park is the Lane Cove River Tourist Park which is also operated by New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service.