This walk is recommended as a seasonal excursion. It is a wonderful opportunity to see a botanic garden, both natives and exotics, across each of the four seasons.
With at least 23 different gardens and features (that’s how many are listed in the brochure), there are plenty of opportunities to be stopped in you in your tracks for a “Wow” moment.
Not listed, and very unexpected, was the emu wandering across the open grassland but I cannot guarantee this appearance for every visitor. Be open for the unexpected.
Next door to the botanic garden is a specially designed and quite marvelous adventure playground for children.
Orange is about 100km east of Parkes (1 hour 15 minutes) on the road towards Sydney. Not far into the 60km zone, there’s the left-hand turn for the Northern Distributor. The gardens are located near the intersection with Hill Street.
Length: As with any well designed botanic garden, there are various combinations of paths you can take. The overall area is not huge, just 17 hectares. Its possible to travel every path in a couple of hours.
Type of path: Combination of paved and gravel.
Gradient: The site is undulating, and is described as ‘gently sloping’.
Nearest public toilets: There are two public toilets. One is near the entrance of the children’s playground. The other is not too far from the main entrance of the Gardens.
There is a large map at the front entrance.
There are two options for this type of walk.
You could have a look at the map and decide which gardens you really want to see. You might prefer roses to conifers, or orchards to cedar trees. Then map your route to ensure you see those things.
Or you could just start walking and take it all in.