Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney – Featuring Trees, Birds and Sculptures
After visiting the Opera House and having lunch, take an afternoon stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney and Domain (Yurong Precinct). There are lots to see, an afternoon it not enough time, but the route I followed gives a flavour of what’s on offer.
Leave the Opera House, enter the gardens at the Opera House gate and follow the path passing Government House and the Native Rockery. Stroll through the gardens towards Mrs Macquaries Point in the Domain. There are some stunning views and photography opportunities along the way, Jacaranda mimosifolia with its glorious purple flowers and the Bridge and Opera House viewed across Farm Cove. After visiting the point, backtrack to the botanic gardens via Victoria Lodge Gate passing the Boy Extracting Thorn statue, the main ponds, lotus flowers, towards the Garden shop and Palm House. Explore this corner of the Gardens and then pass the Lewis Wolfe Levy Fountain head for the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Catch a bus, number 441 for the short journey back into the city, alighting at Market/York Street. It’s a five-minute walk to Hyde Park.
Fountains and Sculptures
There are over fifty fountains, sculptures and memorials in the gardens, I photographed just three: La Ballarina (spelled as engraving on the plinth) sculpture by the Australian Charles Summers, a copy of a sculpture by Antonio Canova. An eyesore in the 70’s and removed from the garden but re-introduced back into the garden in 2009. La Ballarina not La Ballerina, see engraving on the statue plinth. Boy Extracting Thorn sculpture is a replica of a bronze original ‘Boy with Thorn’ original. Lewis Wolfe Levy Fountain, drinking fountain, has a bronze sculpture of Water Nymph Diana on a granite plinth.
Common Resident Birds
There are about twenty resident birds and maybe forty migratory or visiting bird species. The four common species I photographed are not only resident but also breed. I was particularly lucky to encounter the pied currawong feeding on a dead flying fox in one of the trees. Two species of flying fox have colonies in the garden: Grey-head and Black. Powerful Owl predates both species so I guess currawong was helping itself to the Owls leftover.