It’s another hot and sunny day and the gardens are inviting in a fantasy world kind of way. You know what I mean; a magical place where unicorns, fairies and mythical creatures live in perfect harmony.
It is a peaceful place separated from the busy city, where skyscraper sentinels over look the tranquillity; a reminder that civilisation is nearby and watching. In this calm oasis the beauty of nature abounds. Colour and vibrancy are the order of the day from breathing taking rose blooms to the verdant greenery of the rainforest.
My lovely husband and I soak up the atmosphere and tense muscles ease and the strains of daily life flitter away, leaving a peaceful contentment. Maybe, this is what the designers of the area were aiming for. If it was, then they have succeeded; creating an Australian Shangri-La!
We sit in a secluded spot under an amazing rock face with natural cut- out patterns eroded by time. Passers-by stroll along the wide pathways in front of us enjoying the scenery and soaking up the sun.
The view is spectacular, with the Opera House’s lotus leaf roof, reaching out towards the sky and the graceful arch of the grey, iron Harbour Bridge behind. Sparkling ruffles of satin water, ebb and flow against the sea wall.
In the distance, a jet boat bobs silently across the water and an archaic water wheel steam boat gently traverses the bay. A luxury yacht is anchored in the bay; a fitting tribute to the expensive and glitzy paradise that is Sydney!
Over head a helicopter whirrs looking down on the scene as walkers, joggers, families and couples enjoy the space and freedom that the gardens have to offer; a far cry from the bustling city which borders it.
What a lovely way to start a day!