Mt. Pitt and the Botanic Gardens

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After a light lunch back at our cottage we set off for Mount Pitt which is the second highest point on the island. Mount Bates is just 2 metres higher at 318 metres. As would be expected, the road was winding and steep. We parked the car and walked across the grassy mound at the top. We came across three young people who had walked up the mount. You would need a strong pair of legs and a decent bit of stamina to do that.

It was quite cool and breezy so we donned our wind cheater jackets.

Sadly the view farm the top was spoiled by the dismal grey conditions and it really wasn't worth trying to take nice photos. We decided we would return on a sunny day.

There is a pathway over to Mount Bates but we didn't feel inclined to walk up there especially with the weather being inclement.

Just down the hill are the Botanic Gardens and we were very keen to take a look at it.

 

Botanic Gardens

There is no entry fee to look through the Botanic Gardens which is located on the hill side of Mt. Pitt. You simply wander around at your own rate on various walkways that are graded according to their difficulty. We chose the 370 metre walk but there is a lesser one that could be managed by folk in wheel chairs or with prams. There are several longer/more strenuous walks than the one we chose.

View from one of the paths in the gardens View from the Botanic Gardens
Ian on one of the many walks within the gardens Ian at the Botanic Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lush sub tropical flora Sub tropical flora at the Botanic Gardens

 

This is not a botanic garden with lawns and everything manicured and in its place. This is as nature intended. Certain special plants were signed and their "degree of rarity" was noted on the sign. We loved the place and because of the differing walks there really is something here for everyone of all ages and physical fitness.

We found out later that for a $5 fee you can purchase a park pass and for your $5 you receive a map and some pertinent brochures. By paying the fee you are also supporting the cost of maintaining the place. For more details see Botanic Gardens. there is more formation here on the conservation of the island.

 

 

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