Giles relaxing on a wooden bench in the gardens
There are thousands of fruit bats that live in the gardens. They spend all their daylight hours there and then fly off in to the suburbs to feed off fruit trees and flowers. At sunset, you can see them leaving the gardens all at once as a constant trickle heading south west across the sky.
The botanic gardens has a rare and endangered plants area near a slightly more defensive succulent garden. Both were beautiful. It was nice to visit many succulents like the ones I grew so successfully in frosty Canberra.
If you've read my post about The Bad Tree, you will be happy to know that there are pines of the same species wandering freely in the gardens. These pines are Wollemi pines and are as old as the dinosaurs. It's a nice idea to walk by plants that dinosaurs once walked by.
We stopped for lunch and a nice rose at the Opera Bar. Giles had the veal and I had my first order of fish and chips since coming to Sydney. The food was not bad at all. The sun burnt us a little. After this we continued on to the Rocks and saw the dig site they have unearthed under a 1970s carpark.