The Botanic Gardens cover quite a large area, but only a small portion is laid out as gardens; the rest is untouched native bush crisscrossed with dirt paths. As a horticulturist, I couldn't hep but notice the large number of noxious weeds in the "wild" areas; asparagus weed is prevalent and I saw several cane toads. But the cultivated areas are quite pretty; I would have liked more labels on the plants, however. There is a bush chapel that looks a bit unkempt.
The Chinese Garden was pretty and a lovely tranquil spot to sit and relax for a while.
Entry is free but there is a small fee ($2.50) to access the Orchid House. I would recommend paying the fee (a cup of tea or coffee is included) as they have a glorious array of orchids, most of which were in bloom when I visited in winter.
Pleasant, with a few reservations.
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