Where To See Australian Wildflowers Near Sydney
It's a special time of year, when the winter chill abates and the newness of spring sets in, and Sydney comes alive with an abundant bloom of wildflowers.
Blooming in natural, bushland settings amidst the urban jungle, these are some of the best places to feast your eyes on divine native flora.
Muogamarra Nature Reserve, Hawkesbury
Just north of Sydney in Muogamarra Nature Reserve, you’ll find one of the most striking displays of native wildflowers. However, there is only a small window of opportunity to behold the magical spectacle - it opens for just six weekends a year around August and September when the brilliant flora blooms. The reserve closes for the rest of the year to protect the sanctuary. With hundreds of different plant species, you'll see waratahs, banksias, boronias and orchids among the exotic, natural landscape. Native animals also come out to play, Aboriginal rock engravings adorn the area, there are lookouts with spectacular views and vibrant walking tracks. You can also take a guided tour.
Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, St. Ives
Enjoy a natural, bushland experience at this 123-hectare flower-fest on the edge of Ku-Ring-Gai National Park in Sydney’s north. There is a huge variety of wildflowers and native flora throughout Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, and a network nature walks, adventure tracks and a wilderness path - all named after early botanists - to guide you through the extensive gardens. They also have a wildflower nursery that cultivates local indigenous plants so you can pick up your own natives to take home!
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney’s stunning Royal Botanic Garden on the harbour foreshore is a vibrant tapestry of native plants. With thousands of diverse plant species within this bountiful oasis, highlights include The Bicentenary Garden with its collection of uniquely Australian flora and wildflowers carpeting the area, the Australian Rainforest Garden, home to some of the most primitive flowering plants on earth, and The Australian Native Rockery bursting with Gymea lilies, red-flowering Gum trees, grevilleas and seasonal wildflower displays.
Wendy’s Secret Garden, Lavender Bay
As well as expecting to see a swath of native flowers, spotting a fairy or two within this whimsical oasis would hardly be surprising. Tucked away in the Lavender Bay Parklands, on Sydney’s North Shore, the entrance is marked by an iconic Moreton Bay fig tree. Wendy’s Secret Garden is a flourishing treasure trove of native trees and flowers: Port Jackson Figs and Bangalow palms, lilies, camphor laurel. Created by Wendy Whiteley, the delightful space is considered a living work of art and includes an intriguing collection of artefacts throughout the greenery.
Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve, Kareela
With over two hectares of landscaped gardens and four kilometres of walking paths in the Sutherland Shire, Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve is a unique haven devoted entirely to Australian native plants. It boasts displays of banksias, grevilleas, lilly-pillies, rainforest, cycads, ferns, and acacia and silver foliage gardens plus indigenous bush tucker and medicinal plants. The expansive array also provides a habitat for native birds and fauna.
Sydney Harbour and Royal National Parks
Our national parks are thriving hotspots for finding wildflower, as all flora, fauna and rock formations are protected to preserve our natural and cultural heritage. Dobroyd Head and Manly Scenic Walkway in Sydney Harbour National Park, are flush with plant species including an impressive expanse of flannel flowers, fuchsia heath and banksia. Australia’s oldest national park, the Royal National Park, just south of Sydney, is another flourishing conservation area ripe for spying native flora, with bushwalking trails covered in vivid banksia, flowering heath, waratahs and eucalypt forests.
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