Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania
September 14-21, 2013
I went to Australia September 2013 to check out gardens and
other places of interest for a possible tour. Needless to say I
was totally stunned with beauty of the cities I visited -
Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Tasmania.
It was a jam packed trip made so much easier by all the parties
involved working together to put a great trip together full of
beauty, history, great food and people I will not soon forget.
My ground handlers were simply super and plan on seeing a tour
I arrived into Sydney at about 6 a.m. was met by my guide and
off we went to visit our first experience.
Arrive at Sydney Flower Markets to explore Australia's largest
flower market for fresh cut flowers. The diverse group of
growers at the Sydney Flower Market primarily supply florists in
the Sydney area, regional NSW and the ACT, but the market is
also open to the general public. It is estimated that the Sydney
Flower Market has an annual turnover in excess of $150 million
and accounts for approximately 75% of the wholesale cut flower
trade in NSW. Potted plants and florist supplies such as ribbon,
wrap, foam and other sundries are also sold. The Sydney Flower
Market has been a part of Sydney's market tradition since the
First Fleet. The first market was set up on a site that now
houses the Maritime Gallery, before moving to The Rocks and then
to a more permanent site at the Queen Victoria Building in
George St, Sydney. As Sydney expanded, the markets relocated to
Haymarket. This proved to be too small for the needs of the
exploding Sydney Metropolitan area, so the NSW Government
commissioned construction at Sydney Markets 2129 where the
Sydney Flower Market is currently located. Today, approximately
170 traders hold stands in the hustle and bustle of the modern
day Sydney Flower Market at Sydney Markets 2129. NSW is very
fortunate as it has a wide range of climates within the state,
meaning that a wide variety of flowers can be locally grown,
with the main flower growing areas being on the Central Coast,
around Horsley Park and Leppington, and in the Hills area at
Dural and Glenorie. All these areas are within 2-3 hours travel
of the Sydney Markets and fresh cut flowers are brought in from
these farms each day. All traders in the Sydney Flower Market
must be flower growers, however many traders also act as
wholesalers or agents for other growers throughout Australia.
Some flowers are also imported, particularly when local supplies
are low. All traders are shareholders of Sydney Markets Limited.
Due to the use of a central market, Sydney can enjoy some of the
lowest prices of fresh flowers in the developed world.
After this I was taken to my hotel, the Novotel Sydney Darling
Harbour to check in and rest before meeting my guide again to go
to the Royal Botanic Gardens for lunch before a tour of the
Situated in the heart of the Royal Botanic Garden, the Botanic
Gardens Restaurant is a stunning venue surrounded by tropical
rainforest boasting wide verandahs with glimpses of Sydney
Royal Botanic Gardens, an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of
Wrapped around Farm Cove at the edge of Sydney Harbour, the
Gardens occupy one of Sydney's most spectacular positions.
Established in 1816, it is the oldest scientific institution in
the country and is home to an outstanding collection of plants
from Australia and overseas. From the provocative rare and
threatened plants of the world to the romantic rose garden, the
themed garden areas show the diverse beauty of nature. Special
features include: Cadi Jam Ora - First Encounters is a garden
display that remembers and acknowledges the Cadigal - the
original inhabitants of Sydney's city centre - and their
relationship with this land.
Dinner this evening was at the beautiful Waterfront Restaurant
Right in the historic heart of the world's most beautiful
harbour, Waterfront restaurant offers unparalleled views of the
Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
DSC0 5237 - 5384