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A large grass tree just inside the entrance provides a great introduction. to the garden. To the left out of view is a stunning Grey gum, but unfortunately, I did not take a good photo of it.

Seats are scattered throughout the garden offering beautiful views and an opportunity to stop and listen to the birds.

We recently went to visit Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve at Kareela & what a delightful find this turned out to be.

Established in 1968 by Sutherland Shire Council, the reserve is to honour British Botanist Sir Joseph Banks who visited Botany Bay on Lieutenant James Cook’s sailing ship the Endeavour in 1770.

The reserve is a total of 2.2 hectares with 4kms of paths that meander around a hill of quite stunning sandstone outcrops.  All paths are sealed, but they wind down the hill with steps that would make it difficult for wheelchairs to navigate.

There are, however, very beautiful spots with seating at the top of the reserve close to the car park that are accessible to everyone.

About way down the hill is a barbeque area with bench seating.  It would not be hard to carry cooked food back to people seated at the top of the reserve.  There are accessible toilets onsite near the car park.

All plants & trees in the reserve are Australian natives & most are labelled, which I particularly liked.  All sorts of trees & plants were in flower & there were lots of birds.  Despite being near a road, it was nice to listen to the birds & the wind through the trees.

I talked to a very helpful staff member who spoke about his love for the reserve & how the landscape changes with every season.  Winter is particularly good when the Banksias flower.   People get married here often.

This place is a gift to the Sydney community from Sutherland Council.  If you enjoy being in the bush I think you will really like this place.  I would definitely take visitors from overseas here for an easy walk in a beautiful setting.

The Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve is open from 9am – 5pm 7 days a week EXCEPT Good Friday & Christmas Day.  Parking is available onsite.  To enter the gardens is free.

I highly recommend visiting the reserve.   The Australian Plants Society – Sutherland Group holds monthly gardening working bees & welcomes volunteers.  Contact Council on 9710 0333 for more information.

Both Sutherland Shire Council & the Australian Plants Society – Sutherland Group have excelled & I thank them for such a beautiful place to visit.

Looking down to the barbecue area. There is no litter, no evidence of vandalism or any graffiti.

This is a garden where you look up often. The sandstone and the plants make it worth doing so.

I took almost 600 photos because everywhere I looked was gorgeous.

I took almost 600 photos because everywhere I looked was gorgeous.  This shows thewalking  path.  

I last visited Sylvan Grove Native Garden in December 2014 and wrote about it here –

Native Australian Orchids that were still in flower.  They are very small.

Native Australian Orchids that were still in flower. They are very small.

We returned today hoping that we were not too late to see all the native orchids in flower. We were late for most of the orchids, but thankfully some were still in flower. To see them in flower, you need to go in late August, early September, so this is planned for next year.

A lovely & very helpful staff member told me that June is when the Banksias are in flower & when there is lots of fungi.

Bankstown City Council has gone all out to provide a gift not just for their residents, but for all of Sydney & further afar. This would be in my Top 5 places to take visitors from interstate or overseas.

It is an easy meandering walk with plenty of bench seats available to rest or stop & take in the scenery & listen to the birds….. & there are lots of birds! This is the only place I have seen King parrots. I saw some last visit & again today.

Blue flowers. I didn't get their name.

Blue flowers. I didn’t get their name.

This garden is constantly evolving. The plants & trees grow, but there is also continued planting that goes on all year round. There were dozens of new plants that I noticed this visit.

Being spring there is much in flower. Many of the plants are drop dead gorgeous, while others are so subtle that you need to really look to notice their flowers. It’s exquisite & gardeners can learn a lot from walking slowly around here. The garden has over 500 species of native plants.

I highly recommend a visit to Sylvan Grove Native Garden. 7 Sylvan Grove, Picnic Point. Parking is easy.

Open weekdays throughout the year from 7am to 3pm.

Open weekends from mid August to the end of November from 9am to 4:30pm.

Male Australian King Parrott.  Isn't he beautiful.

Male Australian King Parrott. Isn’t he beautiful.

A species of Grevillea I have not seen before.

A species of Grevillea I have not seen before.



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