During our short stay in Sydney in January we stayed with friends in Drummoyne. Its on the flight path and the noise from the planes is pretty incredible although I suppose you get used to it. We don’t have anything like it in Melbourne. They were pretty constant overhead when we went for a walk alongside Iron Cove near where we were staying.
On our way back, along Louisa Road, which we are told is one of the most desirable addresses in Sydney because you get views of the harbour on both sides, we caught a glimpse of the Harbour Bridge over some tennis courts. Its certainly a landmark.
Next day we went to the Botanical Gardens. Not off the beaten track I guess, but I’ve never been there. It was very hot, but this magnolia grandiflora didn’t mind (nor the bees). This beautiful yellow hibiscus flower seemed to be revelling in the heat.
These gardens have lots more tropical plants than Melbourne’s, like this exotic Atherton’s fig, a rainforest tree with flowers that grow directly out of it’s trunk. It was the garden’s plant of the month. Looks weird. Despite the heat and humidity the gardens included a pretty herbaceous border.
After a terrific breakfast we walked the short distance to the Art Gallery of NSW to see the Dutch Masters which I write about here.