The Albury Botanic Gardens are not only a serene place to visit – they take you back in time by revealing pockets of the city’s heritage.
Opened by Mayor William Jones in 1877 with the planting of a single elm tree, the grounds were once fashioned to resemble the Union Jack with straight rows of elms and pines. Quite the landscaping achievement, complemented by heritage buildings like the 1890 band rotunda and the 1909 curator’s residence. History buffs can take a self-guided Heritage Walk around the gardens, discovering 19 sites of such significance.
Since then, the four-hectare grounds have been adapted to become more fluid, which means you can lose yourself on meandering trails through a cornucopia of more than 1,000 plant species.
Be sure to wander through the rainforest collection, extremely rare in gardens this far south in the country. Along your route you’ll also spot a 46m Queensland kauri and a Lone Pine from Gallipoli, planted on Anzac Day 1936.
Kids are well catered for thanks to enchanting children’s gardens, replete with trails that offer fun (yet educational) insights into flora and fauna. Expect a life-sized dinosaur with interactive speaking tubes, a fairy temple and the troll cave.