paddington reservoir gardens - a sydney wander

A few weeks ago I was watching Gardening Australia and the programme featured the Reservoir Gardens in the Sydney suburb of Paddington. I've lived in Sydney's eastern suburbs for more than 20 years and even though I've driven past the site many times, I had no idea what was hidden behind the big white wall. I decided as soon as I had some free time I was going to investigate.

The gardens are obviously known to locals as a few people were down there reading or having lunch and a yoga class was in full swing.

As they're below ground,you enter the gardens by a flight of stairs, or there is ramp or lift access. The impression once you arrive, is a little as I'd always imagined the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

There is a serene reflection pool, grass trees and banksias, all lush and verdant.

As you know I love gardens and distressed buildings so I loved what I saw.

The reflection pool was my favourite feature of the garden, far removed from the hustle and bustle of busy Oxford Street.

Paddington Reservoir Gardens can be found on the corner of Oxford Street and Oatley Road, Paddington Sydney.

I hope you enjoyed this week's Sydney wander. I'm off to see Farmer Andrew and will probably return with some photos of 'the girls'.

See you all next week,


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