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TALKS AND WALKS
Note: Program may be subject to change.
Free Guided Walks throughout autumn
Explore the heritage and plant diversity of the Royal Botanic Garden with a knowledgeable Volunteer Guide.
Aboriginal heritage tours
Join one of our Aboriginal Education Officers for a journey of discovery. Uncover the Royal Botanic Garden's rich Aboriginal heritage, by exploring plant uses, culture, artefacts, and taste some bush foods. Learn the richly diverse history and culture of the Aboriginal people of the Sydney region with an Aboriginal guide in the heart of the city. An important ceremonial site for many of the Sydney Aboriginal clans and home to the Cadigal clan. Wogganmagule (Farm Cove) and its surrounds offered an impressive and carefree existence. With a diverse array of bush foods, ample fresh water and a plentiful supply of seafood from the harbour, it was paradise for the local Aboriginal people for thousands of years.
When: 10 am Fridays - 1.5 hours (bookings essential), no tour on Good Friday.
Free Guided Walks
at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah
A guided tour is available most days departing from the Visitor Centre at 11.30 am, led by a trained Volunteer Guide - contact us on 4567 2154 to ensure there will be a tour on the day of your visit.
African plants: their similarities and differences to Australian plants
Join the Volunteer Guides on this 1 hour to uncover the origins of plants that you may have growing in your own garden.
When: 9 March 2014, 11 am and 2 pm, 1 hour duration
Twilight Highlights Tour
See fascinating wildlife on this early evening tour of the Garden aboard the Gardenís mini bus. Discover the wallaroo population that call the Garden home and the beautiful landscapes as the day comes to a close. Look to the trees as your hear the native call of some of the 180 different species of birds, including a multitude of parrots, finches, cockatoos and owls. You can then farewell the setting sun from the top of Sundial Hill.
When: Saturday 15 March, 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Breakfast with the Birds
Meet some of the Gardenís feathered friends on an early morning walk followed by a delicious breakfast. Since opening in 1988, the number of bird species in the Garden has increased considerably to more than 180 species. Enjoy the sounds and sights on this delightful morning tour.
When: Sunday 23 March, 8 am to 10 am
The Garden after Dark
Discover the Garden after the gates are locked. The sights, sounds and smells at night are quite different to those of the day. Be ready for encounters with some of the Gardenís residents, such as owls, tawny frogmouths and possums, that may be out and about. Hear stories about some of the plants as well as the history behind this botanic garden. If you feel eyes are following you in the shadows, it may only be those of the resident marble statues. Hear their stories as well. Bring a torch and be prepared for two hoursí walking in the dark, including on uneven surfaces and steps. Refreshments at 5.30 pm and walk from 6 pm.
When: Friday 11 April, 5.30 pm-8 pm
The Australian PlantBank - behind the scenes tour
Enjoy a Ďbehind the scenesí look at this new impressive scientific facility to safeguard plant species for the future. Your expert guide will show you through the landscape, laboratories, learning lab and seed vault. Discover more about the important conservation work that takes place at this internationally significant facility which was opened in October 2013. After the tour, you will be treated to a delicious morning tea.
When: Sunday 4 May 2014, 10 am - 12 pm
Autumn Highlights Tour and High Tea
Join an experienced guide and discover wonderful autumnal highlights of Australiaís largest Botanic Garden. After the tour, enjoy a stunning High Tea with all the trimmings in the Gardenís Bowden Centre.
When: Sunday 18 May 2014, 10 am - 12 pm
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