In this week's post, Kara shares the antidote to a busy lifestyle by listing 5 parks and gardens you can visit all within a range of a 1-minute walk to a 30-minute bus ride from CAPA Sydney! Whether you're looking for an escape to walk the trails, sit and relax, or a change of scenery as you finish up some homework, Kara's suggestions are a great starting point for you.
School and internships can be stressful. And living in the center of a bustling city in a foreign country can make day-to-day life feel overwhelming. Despite having established a good work/life balance and weekly routine, I still catch myself feeling stressed and overwhelmed at times. If you can relate to any of the above, you could probably benefit from spending more time in parks and gardens. Being outside always helps me to clear my thoughts, relax, and recharge, and studies have shown that spending time in nature reduces stress, improves focus, and increases feelings of well-being. Below is a guide to my favorite parks within a half-hour of the CAPA Sydney Center!
Mary Ann Street Park, Ultimo
Mary Ann Street Park
Distance from CAPA: less than a minute's walk
Located just outside of the CAPA Sydney center, this small park is perfect for hanging out between classes. Small trees, shrubs, and benches line the perimeter of this space and a soft green lawn makes up the center. Besides the convenient location, my favorite thing about this park is the pink flowers on the trees.
Chippendale Green, Chippendale
Distance from CAPA: 7-minute walk
Across Broadway Road and nestled behind Central Park Mall and apartments is Chippendale Green. Along with its surroundings, the park has a very modern but relaxing vibe. One of my favorite things about this location is the variety of seating options, which range from backless benches to steps made for sitting on. Because of this and low noise level, it is a great place to study or do homework.
Victoria Park, Broadway
Distance from CAPA: 12-minute walk
Directly along Broadway road is Victoria Park. Unlike Chippendale Green, this park feels more like a traditional English park with its large trees, meandering paths, lake, and wooden bridge. In addition, the space is home to many birds and smells of flowers (at least during the summer months). It can get a little bit noisy here from the number of visitors and surrounding traffic, but I still find it a peaceful place to relax.
Hyde Park, Sydney
Distance from CAPA: 20-minute walk or a bus ride
In the center of the city is Hyde Park. Like Victoria Park, Hyde Park is a large English-style park that was named after the one in London. It has a formal symmetric design and is surrounded by a number of beautiful historic buildings and museums (e.g. James Church, St. Mary’s Cathedral, and Art Gallery of New South Wales). Inside the park, there are many areas to explore (e.g. Pool of Reflection, Sandringham Garden, and Archibald Fountain), and there are sometimes street performers playing near the fountain.
Wendy Whiteley Secret Garden, Lavender Bay
Wendy Whiteley Secret Garden.
Distance from CAPA: 32-minute bus ride
Across the bridge and along Lavender Bay is Wendy Whiteley Secret Garden. To access it, enter Clark Park from Lavender Street and walk toward the water. Behind a palm tree, you will see a staircase that takes you down into the garden. I don’t want to give away too much, but the place is truly magical and a nature lover’s paradise. In addition to a collection of colorful plants, the garden contains tables, chairs, and plenty of shade, making it a great for studying, doing homework, or even having a tea party! Since it is a garden, many bugs live here in the warmer months—but don’t let that deter you. Wearing long pants, a few drops of peppermint essential oil, or low DEET bug spray should keep them away.
Kara Davis is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2019, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Sustainability major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.
Kara's journey continues all semester so stay tuned.