Picnic at Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

I met my friends Jan, Ross and Sue for a picnic at the Botanic Gardens overlooking Sydney  Harbour today.  I took the ferry from Neutral Bay wharf and met the others at Circular Quay.  Our wharf is fairly new and the view from it was marvellous.


The sight of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House from the water always gives me a thrill no matter how often I see them.


From Circular Quay we walked across the front of the Sydney Opera House and found a spot for our picnic in the gardens.  We had to keep a close watch on the ibis, the sulphur crested cockatoo and pigeons who were all eyeing our lunch.  While we were trying to keep them away we saw tourists trying to attract them with food.



The tulips were out but the poppies were finishing.  I caught a bee!  (On camera).

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We stopped at the Friends of the Garden nursery but with Jan reminding me that I have NO ROOM in my garden I managed to leave without buying anything!

Ross pointed out a new feature at the gardens – a native bee hive!  Our bees are tiny and they do not sting.  There was no way you can see the ‘pollen on the bees’ legs’.

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We decided to have  coffee and watch the naughty ibis jumping on tables and making a mess.


Within minutes of this photo being taken the family in the photo took their eyes off their lunch and the ibises swooped and everything went flying.


After coffee we strolled about a little; then J, R and S decided to take the ferry with me just for the ride.  I jumped off at Neutral Bay and they did the circuit back to Circular Quay.  I’d walked downhill to the wharf this morning but decided to take the bus that meets the ferry on the journey home.



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7 Responses to Picnic at Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

  1. mattb325 says:

    It looks like a lovely day out! I’m glad we don’t have the ibises here in the mountains, they are the one bird which I used to get very tired of in the city, they used to rummage through public garbage bins and their stinky guano – boy, oh boy, you could render walls with that stuff!
    It’s funny to see the tulips in full swing – only 90kms away, mine are only just starting to push through the soil!

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  2. Lots of good photos. I’ve actually been there :)

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  3. Cynthia says:

    Sounds like such a fun day. So many beautiful scenes. I love hearing stories about those naughty Australian birds.

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    • Mary Tang says:

      Yes, my old friends (since 1970) live in the bush so it was always good to see them. Sydney is so beautiful that we actually asked ourselves why we want go anywhere else. :) Australia is such a young country that we need to travel to see more mature civilisations.

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