It might be a big city but Sydney is blessed with a wide variety of outdoor spots including incredible national parks in every direction. If you want to get out and about in nature, here are our faves:
Royal Botanic Garden
The oldest scientific institution in Australia, and one of the most important in the world, the Royal Botanic Garden first opened in 1816. Its views across the city, Opera House and Harbour Bridge are spectacular too.
Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden
When Wendy lost her husband (renowned artist Brett Whitely), she grieved in her own, profound way – by cleaning up an overgrown garden. The results have made the garden a destination for locals and tourists alike.
Paddington Reservoir Gardens
One of Paddo’s hidden treasures, the Reservoir Gardens are tucked away in a sunken courtyard off Oxford Street. The reservoir has been out of use since 1899, but the gardens preserve an ancient and peaceful vibe that feels much older than Sydney itself.
Lane Cove National Park
It’s hard to imagine you’re deep within Australia’s biggest city when strolling through the tranquillity of Lane Cove National Park. Abundant green hugs the peaceful river on its way to join the Parramatta river and out to Sydney Harbour.
Another hidden gem in Sydney’s East, Trumper Park feels a bit like the land that time forgot. One of the city’s first quarries, we like it much better as a secret city rainforest.
Parks and public gardens also provide inspiration for your own green space, so head on down to your local! Then find your nearest Greener Spaces Better Places-approved nursery and get plantin’.