I don't care where you are heading or where you have been - you need to make a detour to these gardens. They are amazing and well worth a visit.
The gardens have something for everyone, regardless of age. This middle-aged writer visited with her 30-something daughter and 3 year old granddaughter. Anyone with small children know how short their attention span can be and how quickly they can become bored. Well, that won't happen here.
Once you have arrived, and sorted out the parking (read the signs carefully), you have to pay the entrance fee. We were very pleasantly surprised to find it was only $10 for each adult and my grnaddaughter got in for free. This was really appreciated and made us feel good before we even got into the gardens. Oh - but you do have 1 extra expense. Duck food! At only 50c a packet, don't just grab a couple. Grab heaps as you will need it. Our 4 packets were not enough so 1 of us had to go back to purchase more. Why did we need so much? Well, as soon as we entered the
gardens, the ducks heard us and arrived at high speed, making sure we knew they hadn't seen anyone for weeks (yeah, right). Then there were the peacocks and the ducks and then more ducks...... You get the picture! My granddaughter loved the ducks and 1 long-suffering 1 even let her get it in a strangle-hold because she thought it was 'so cute'.
Miss 3 enjoyed the space to run round in, the wildlife and the fake spider (you'll know it when you see it). I loved having so many things to photograph. My daughter loved the humorous signs scattered all through the gardens (I have added photos of just a few of them - someone there has an interesting sense of humour). We all loved the way the gardens were so clean and well looked after and the toilet facilities were very good. There were tables where we could sit and have a picnic and then the next highlight, for my granddaughter, was the playground. This was a nice way to end our time there and it wore her out so she slept all the way home.
The gardens are easy to get round
so are suitable for just about anyone. I have Sjogren's/Lupus and managed it without any problems at all. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and will go back again soon.
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