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Spring into Sydney

Jacarandas in Spring bloom, SydneyCREDIT: Destination NSW

Sydney bursts with colour in spring, with jacarandas colouring the skyline from the Royal Botanic Garden to the North Shore.

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Spring
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Jacarandas in Spring bloom, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sydney bursts with colour in spring, with jacarandas colouring the skyline from the Royal Botanic Garden to the North Shore.

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Warmer weather and longer days make spring an attractive time of year to visit Sydney, with locals making the most of the extended hours of sunshine by lingering over alfresco brunch or lunch, then spending the evening sipping rooftop cocktails. And then there’s the flowers on show, from streets lined with eye-popping purple jacarandas to gardens draped with cherry blossoms. Here are five great ways to spend a spring day in Sydney.  

Snap a selfie under a jacaranda  

From Paddington to The Rocks, large swathes of Sydney are painted with the lilac hues of jacarandas throughout spring. Arguably the best place to snap a selfie under a blooming canopy is in the North Shore suburb of Kirribilli. Here, McDougall Street is transformed into a fairytale of flowers every year, with tree branches arching over the road to create a dreamlike purple dome.  

Sip a cocktail at Henry Deane 

Australia’s Harbour City has its fair share of cocktail bars with a view. None are quite as pretty as the Henry Deane, perched atop the historic 1915 Hotel Palisade in the inner-city harbourside enclave of Millers Point. Celebrated local designer Sibella Court decked the split-level space out in dusty pink and rose gold, her interiors only outshone by the view. Order a spritz and settle in to watch the spring sun dance over the water and Sydney Harbour Bridge

Jacarandas, Kirribilli CREDIT: Destination NSW

Jacaranda trees in full bloom along McDougall Street, Kirribilli.

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Jacarandas, Kirribilli CREDIT: Destination NSW

Jacaranda trees in full bloom along McDougall Street, Kirribilli.

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Henry Deane, Hotel Palisade, Millers Point CREDIT: Destination NSW

Drinks with harbour views from Henry Deane's rooftop cocktail lounge at the Hotel Palisade, Millers Point.

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Henry Deane, Hotel Palisade, Millers Point CREDIT: Destination NSW

Drinks with harbour views from Henry Deane's rooftop cocktail lounge at the Hotel Palisade, Millers Point.

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Do brunch at The Grounds  

Arriving at The Grounds of Alexandria, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to the country, thanks to the sustainable garden, small farm animals, themed laneways, fountains and canopies of green overhead. In actual fact, you’re just 5km from the centre of Sydney in a former industrial precinct turned urban oasis. Pick up jam doughnuts from old-fashioned stalls while you decide where to eat: in The Café (brews are made using house-roasted beans); the Potting Shed (try and nab a swinging seat); or in the courtyard Garden (where wood-fired pizzas and barbecue rule).  

Wander the Royal Botanic Garden 

Australia’s oldest continual horticultural display, The Spring Walk has been a feature at the Royal Botanic Garden, on the fringe of the city centre, since 1855. From mid-August to early October every year since, the 50m trail between Royal Botanic Garden creek and Lion Gate Lodge is transformed with a riot of colour, all manner of perfumes filling the air. Take the five-minute stroll for a sensory overload of wisteria, rhododendrons, osmanthus, waratah and grevillea, among many other floral species. While you’re here, refuel at the rainforest-shrouded Botanic House, a dining concept that mingles Asian flavours with native Australian ingredients courtesy of applauded chef Luke Nguyen.  

Attend a flower festival  

Travel 20km west of Sydney’s centre to attend one of New South Wales’ largest floral festivals at the Auburn Botanic Gardens. Every August, the two-week Cherry Blossom Festival here pays homage to these delicate pink and white blooms. Head to the Japanese Garden to wander beneath a canopy of fragrant blooms, over decorative bridges to a traditional tea house where snacks are served. For more olfactory excitement, the Scented Garden is designed in a way to enhance the aroma of the frangipani, lavender and sage planted here.  

The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria CREDIT: Destination NSW

Dining in The Garden at The Grounds of Alexandria.

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The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria CREDIT: Destination NSW

Dining in The Garden at The Grounds of Alexandria.

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Cherry Blossom Festival 2018, Auburn Botanic Gardens CREDIT: Destination NSW

Geese waddling under cherry blossoms in the Auburn Botanic Gardens.

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Cherry Blossom Festival 2018, Auburn Botanic Gardens CREDIT: Destination NSW

Geese waddling under cherry blossoms in the Auburn Botanic Gardens.

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