Reconnect with nature and spend quality time with family this summer by taking a drive out of the city. These three day trips all offer unique experiences at expansive green space with varied landscapes. From 45 minutes to 90 minutes, these family day out ideas will transport you to a cool-climate oasis or a rainforest teeming with wildlife.
45 minutes to the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan
The short 45 minute car trip to the Australian Botanic Garden is great for all ages and a wonderful new experience for Sydney families. Showcasing approximately 2,000 species of Australian native plants and 160 animal species across 416 hectares, there is a lot to discover! The garden is also home to the Australian PlantBank, a major scientific research and conservation centre for New South Wales flora. The seed vault inside the PlantBank hold millions of seeds including 50 percent of New South Wales' threatened species.
Fun, passionate volunteers can take the family around the Garden on a free walking tour in the morning. The kids will also love the non-stop activities on offer during the school holidays. Make this short trip a family day out by taking a picnic or having a sausage sizzle at one of the free BBQ spots. Wander through the varying bushland, grassland and gardens and you might be able to spot wildlife along the way.
In 2018, the Australian Botanic Garden will turn 30 so there will be a lot of celebrating throughout the year by staff and visitors. Don't forget to bring your camera!