Sydney is a nature lover’s playground, surrounded with an abundance of lush parks and gardens. While away the day upon a grassy knoll, savour an afternoon picnic, or enjoy quiet contemplation beneath a leafy, native tree. Below is our selection of Sydney’s top green spaces to explore.
Mrs Macquarie’s Point
Home to one of Sydney’s most famous vantage points, this harbourside park offers breathtaking vistas of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Venture to the space’s edge to sit in Mrs Macquarie’s Seat; a historic sandstone rock shaped as a bench.
Explore the Eastern suburbs’ most loved, labyrinth-like park. This natural wonderland is made up of three individual parks: Centennial, Moore and Queens. With more than 360 hectares to explore, there are many activities available, from horseback riding to cycling and running. Sprawl out and laze around with friends, or retreat with a book for some quiet time.
Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens
Adjacent to our hotel lies a diverse and beautiful gardens boasting over 1 million specimens. Soak up sights of rare and native flora as you enjoy a morning jog or leisurely lunch. Or enrich your day with a unique and indigenous cultural tour.
Chinese Garden of Friendship
Resting between the entertainment quarter of Darling Harbour and Chinatown is one of Sydney’s most unique gardens. This walled space was built to symbolise Sydney’s friendship with sister city Guangzhou in Guangdong, marking Australia’s bicentennial in 1988. Modelled after classical Ming Dynasty gardens, a small entry fee will allow access to water dragons, colourful koi fish and an array of exotic flora.
In the divine Vaucluse area, Nielsen Park is an idyllic spot for a nature walk or sun-soaked afternoon overlooking the beautiful harbour. Known for its incredible outdoor picnic spots, the park includes three sheltered barbecue and food areas.