Tuesday 13 September 2011

Botany, Sir Joseph Banks Pleasure Gardens

The Sir Joseph Banks Pleasure Gardens are located in the eastern suburb of Botany. They were the main attraction of the old Sir Joseph Banks Hotel in the 19th Century. From 1845 through to the 1910, the hotel and its famed pleasure gardens were Australia's equivalent of a European spa resort. It was bought by entrepreneur Frank Smith in 1884 by who set up famous running races from 1884-92. When the hotel was sold in the 1920s and much of the land subdivided, the remnant gardens became a public park. In 1988, an interpretative recreation of the former gardens was created featuring a sports oval, thematic gardens, a maze and pergolas. Structures in the park include this arbour and formal terrace.


  1. How wonderful would it have been to see the Sir Joseph Bank Hotel and these gardens in their heyday in the 1850's hey Jim, just the description 'holiday pleasure ground' makes it sound like it would have been decadently luxurious.

  2. Such blue enters the soul.

    Please have a good Tuesday.

    daily athens

  3. I had no idea this existed!! How absolutely wonderful!

  4. The arbour is barely bluer than your gorgeous sky, Jim. A lovely photo.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  5. Thanks for sharing your blues.

    Happy 1st Blue Monday, J Baar.

  6. I'm sure it was a beautiful place "way back when". Mickie :)

  7. Great shot. I cannot see the use of the pretty arbour without something growing on it to give some shade at least.

  8. It is nice that the gardens became a public park. Beautiful sky and photo.

  9. Arija, if you look closely you can see some branches of climbing plants up against the trellises. They have been pruned back and being winter, there are no leaves or flowers.

  10. Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  11. Very pretty but it also looks very hot there.

  12. 'Tis a pleasure to visit the Pleasure Gardens with you!


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    No colors have I but yellow and red.

    Please take what I give as tokens of peace:
    And with these small gifts may your joy increase!

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  13. Nice shot!

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