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One of the many pathways


Lisgar Gardens covers an area of 2.4 hectares (6 acres) in Lisgar Road, Hornsby.

The site was originally purchased in 1917 by Max Cotton (1887-1967) from his brother Leo, specifically for the purpose of creating the gardens. In 1967, Hornsby Shire Council purchased the property, naming it Lisgar Gardens. The gardens were opened to the public on 21 September, 1968.

Built on a steep hillside, the gardens’ different levels were created by the construction of sandstone block walls. By 1950 the gardens were planted with rhododendrons, azaleas, gardenias and other exotics in harmony with native trees and ferns, highlighting the seventy two varieties of camellias.

Some of the original camellias still exist in the gardens today and are now over fifty years old. Since Council purchased the site, the work commenced by Max Cotton has continued.

The gardens now boast over ninety varieties of camellias, mass plantings of annuals in the formal gardens, a covered pavilion for weddings and other celebrations, a shade house containing the fish ponds, a gazebo, three waterfalls, informal lawn areas, picnic tables and a rainforest walk.

















































For more information on Lisgar Gardens, including opening and closing times please go to the link below





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Master English photographer, 1938+

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The following photos and more

of Sydney Harbour can be seen



Sydney Harbour Bridge at night

You can view these pictures in

larger format on the Sydney

Harbour link above


Sydney Harbour Bridge at night

The Opera house can be seen



Harbour Ballroom...A floating entertainment venue that seats

more than 300 guests whilst sailing

around Sydney Harbour.


Another Cruise Boat coming into

Cockle Bay


Cockle Bay Board Walk



City Lights at night


Fireworks light up the harbour for

one of the cruises


Sydney-siders love fireworks and

there is no better setting than

Sydney Harbour


One of the many bars that adorn

the foreshores of Cockle Bay


Opera House and

Sydney Harbour Bridge


This is the "disco ball" that was used in the 2005 new year fireworks celebration.  It is suspended from the Sydney Harbour bridge


One of the huge towers that form the ends of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  It rises more than 89 metres above sea level.


The city at night looking across the

Harbour is almost magical


Opera House at night


This is the view of the city from

a beach below Taronga Zoo


Fort Denison on Sydney Harbour


Opera House from across the Harbour


A view of the city through the trees


A view of the city & harbour


A view of the city, bridge & harbour


A view of the Bridge & harbour



The following photos and more

of Sydney can be seen



The buskers abound around Circular Quay. This aborigine is playing a didgeridoo, a traditional Australian native instrument.


Sydney is always busy and night

time is no exception. Hundreds of

cars cross the Sydney Harbour

Bridge every few minutes...even

at night time.


The Bridge stands gaunt against the

flurry of cars crossing over her.


Lunar Parks Big face looks over

Sydney Harbour and the

Harbour Bridge



The following photos and more

of Sydney's Northern Beaches

can be seen here!


One of the northern beaches of

Sydney - host to the worlds surfers


Northern Sydney Beach at sunset


Surf Breaking on a Sydney Beach


North Sydney Beach approaching



Palm Beach 180 degree view


Wind surfer on a Northern

Sydney beach


The following photos and more

of Cumberland Forest

can be seen here!


Banksia Spinulosa


Banksia Spinulosa


Flowering Pink Gum


Flowering Red Gum


Flowering Red Gum


Flowering Red Gum


Yellow Grevillea


Winter Wattle








Presiara Gum


Presiara Gum


The following photos and more

of Taronga Zoo

can be seen here!


Asian Tiger


Asian Tiger


Snow Leopard




Masai Mara Lioness


Masai Mara Lion


Horned Viper


Female Gorilla




Adult Fur Seal


Adult Fur Seal


Large Chameleon


Female Chimpanzee


Female Chimpanzee with son


Asian Tiger


Star Turtle








Rattle Snake




Green Parrot


Gang Gang Cockatoo


Mother Duck & Chicks


Mir cats


Komodo Dragon


Green Tree Frog






Frilled Neck Lizard


Fierce Snake


Brown Tree Frog


Australian Sea Eagle


Asian Bear


Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo


Wedge Tailed Eagle


Water Hen



The following photos and more

of Sydney's Butterflies

can be seen here!


Nacaduba berenice


Nacaduba berenice


Psychonotis caelius (Danis taygetus)




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