The Waratah /Annual Celebration was in full swing. The Waratah grow in patches of sandy loam on ridges and plateaus in the Sydney basin, NSW Central and South Coast districts and in the Blue Mountains. They are shrubs or trees that grow between 9 and 16 ft. tall! Spectacular! They are more often seen in parks and reserves than in nature now. The Waratah is the floral emblem of New South Wales and there is an Aboriginal story. I love this!
Visit a rock garden, a bog garden, rrhododendrons conifers, Gondwana Walk, woodlands, jungle rain-forest and more. The views are breathtaking, the walks winding and peaceful, the flowers colorful and the birds beautiful. My favorite bird is the Superb Fairy -wren with such a blue color and a tail that sticks straight up! The female has the same form but is a brown.
|Male Superb Fairy-wren|
|Female Superb Fairy-wren|
Back to Sydney to catch a plane to Cairns!
Note: Google Gondwana http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/238402/Gondwana