Sight Seen : Australian Delights - Royal Botanic Garden

Sydney - Royal Botanic Garden

These expansive gardens are the city's favourite picnic destination, jogging route and snuggling spot. Bordering Farm Cove, east of the Opera House, the gardens were established in 1816 and feature plant life from Australia and around the world. Within the gardens are hothouses with palms and ferns as well as the Calyx, a striking new exhibition space whose curving glasshouse gallery features a wall of greenery and temporary plant-y exhibitions. Grab a park map at any of the main entrances.

The gardens include the site of the colony's first paltry vegetable patch, but their history goes back much further than that; long before the convicts arrived, this was an initiation ground for the Gadigal people. Free 1½-hour guided walks depart at 10.30am daily and 1pm on weekdays. Book ahead for an Aboriginal Heritage Tour.