Lindfield Books and Gardens

Walk through the leafy streets of Lindfield to enjoy beautiful gardens, natural bushland and homes associated with some Australian literary figures. We meet to start this walk at Lindfield Station. The first part of the walk is through the leafy streets of Lindfield past the distinctive Federation era houses for which this suburb is famous. One of the houses we pass was the residence of Billy Hughes for much of his Federal parliamentary career. After learning some of the features of the Federation style we arrive at Seven Little Australians Park, an area of pristine bush land on the shores of Gordon Creek. The walk at first is through typical Sydney sandstone woodland but once we reach the creek the vegetation changes to rainforest species, primarily coachwoods and ferns.  We emerge from this fairy wonderland to another walk through the leafy streets to Wombin Reserve, an area of natural bushland  where many native epiphytic orchids can be seen. This reserve adjoins the Swain Gardens, a little paradise created over many years by Sydney bookseller Mick Swain. There will be a chance to explore the terraced garden where magnolias, azaleas, rhododendrons, historic roses and camellias flourish in the shade of mature eucalypts. The main point of interest on the return walk is the home where Ethel Turner wrote her most famous children’s story, Seven Little Australians. We will also see the home 0f the family who inspired the story.

Length: 3.2km

Grade; Easy

Duration: 3 Hours

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