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27 Jul 2020

Let your kids grow wild at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan

With walks through the wilderness for the hikers, mountain biking trails for the two-wheeled adventurers and a playground that’s perfect for the little escapee, we’ve got your weekend covered.

Two Wheel Adventure

Starting near the Bottlebrush Garden, the MTB Trail (mountain biking trail for those not in the know) was built in the Garden back in 2010. Then in 2017 due to the need to remove an aggressive weed (African Olive) from the site of the trail, the trail closed. A little later, the Gardens was approached by the Macarthur Wollondilly Mountain Biking club to repair and rework the trail. After a lot of love and hard work from their volunteers, the trail reopened last year. With an additional family trail in play, the Garden MTB Trail is perfect for newbies who’d like to give mountain biking a try.

In an interview last year, President of the Macarthur Wollondilly Mountain Bike Club, Wes Turner, said the club undertook the project on behalf of all mountain bike riders across the community. "From young families to experienced riders looking for a challenge - sharing and growing our sport is what it's all about, and the trail will fill a much-needed gap for mountain bike trails across the greater Sydney region," Mr Turner said.

"The track will be suitable for families and those new to mountain biking, allowing them to enjoy cycling off-road and in an environment free of motor vehicles.” (Kayla Osborne, 31 October 2019, “Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan mountain bike trail finally set to reopen” Wollondilly Advertiser).

The trail is free to use but please check the open/close status of the trail before heading out for a visit. The status can be checked at the trail Facebook page.

"From young families to experienced riders looking for a challenge - sharing and growing our sport is what it's all about and the trail will fill a much-needed gap for mountain bike trails across the greater Sydney region."
Wes Turner, President of the Wollondilly Macarthur Mountain Bike Club

Wildlife Wanderings

If two-wheel adventuring is not your thing, and you prefer the safety of two legs, then the Garden has several walking tracks across its 1000 acres. With acres of native bushland, keen hikers will often be rewarded with the siting of a kangaroo or two. If you’re a keen twitcher, the birdlife found at the Garden is sure to delight. The monthly bird survey held at the Garden since it opened, has recorded over 190 species in the Garden. So, bring your binoculars and see how many you can find.

If you are out for some wildlife sighting, the Woodland Walk is sure to reward your efforts. Just head to the Visitor Centre to pick up the Woodland Walk brochure or download it from our website.

Things for the little people

For those less adventurous and perhaps with little people in tow, we’d recommend the playground which offers a flying-fox (for the active and fearless of your little people), slides, swings, climbing nets and forts, all in a fully fenced enclosure (just in case you have a little Houdini on your hands).

Playground, children playing with adult supervision

Parents will be super excited to know that the playground is located right next door to our takeaway café. Furthermore, the playground sits right next to some very welcoming turf where we encourage you to lay back and catch some rays. You get to relax while the small people run themselves ragged on all the play equipment.

And of course, there’s gardens too!

And of course, don’t forget to wander around all of our beautiful horticulture displays. The Garden showcases around 4000 species of native Australian plants in several theme gardens. These include:

Connections Garden: (showing plants through time, their connections to humans and animals), Bottlebrush Garden: (or for those in the know Callistemons), Wattle Garden: (BBQ’s and really lovely picnic spots here), and Banksia Garden: (loads of flat open space for ball games and just simple running around).

The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan is free to enter with free BBQ’s around the site. Garden gates open at 8:00 am and close at 5:00 pm. New visitors are encouraged to stop into the Visitor Centre to get some advice from the helpful staff before heading out to explore and discover the beauty and ruggedness the Garden has to offer. For more information on the Garden and how to get there, head to our website here

Category: Education, Kids

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