They say autumn is the best time to visit this place as the Grande alley flame-red Liquid Amber Trees and a mountain of golden and amber leaves are all invigorating and colourful. The garden has these great attractions and we spent more than a couple of hours of enjoyment – tree Surfing, tube slide rides, obstacle courses, hedge mazes, 3D indoor mazes, bush adventure scramble, fantasy gardens, and enchanted creations, heaps to entertain the young and the olds.
But, we had a hard time parking our car because the car park was already full when we got here, we did just park on the road side and after an hour or so, more visitors arrived and parked alongside with us. That was remarkably stark indication how much visitors were received during that day.
The traditional Hedge Maze with Japanese Garden in the centre is the trademark of the garden. People got lost here easily looking for the exit or the centre (which is a Japanese garden), and we were one of them. The maze was so big, tall, and has labyrinths, a mad maze indeed!
The 3D indoor maze also attracted our attention. Inside of it are labyrinth of graffiti like arts on walls (exits indicated this time), with piped in loud and scary music, high impact intense colours of blue, orange to red, and yellow green on both narrow walls of walkways. Then there was this bridge totally enveloped with a tube like turning painted blanket which was a scarier passageway. Each individual entering the 3D maze was provided with 3D glasses. Indeed, a sort of a crazy maze full of fun!
Also, the tube slides were very entertaining, too. Heaps of children and adults did enjoy this attraction. Tree surf was fun, as we saw it but never tried because advance booking was required before availing this facility.
The notable sculptures along paths throughout the Sculpture Park added more glamour; they were skilfully carved out of cypress logs by Ken Blum, an artist in residence. Using chainsaws, axes and chisels Ken has revealed the faces of many of the indigenous people who once roamed the area.
People lined up to take their photos with these awesome masterpieces as their photo backgrounds.
It took me a lot of patience to capture a good shot of this bee. We were in a rose farm in Dural, New South Wales at that time when I noticed some roses attracted bees, bees that were perhaps hungry of the nectars. Initially, it was quite hard for me to get a better position, better close up, and a steady hand with quick focusing of my camera without distracting the bees, else they’ll be flying into another rose and away again from me. But there was one bee (this was the one) that got stuck up on a flower, just kept sucking the nectar until the time I took several photos. I was amazed when some photos turned out to be good and this one, I reckon was far better off compared to the others.
Capturing photos of insects demand patience but it pays off.
They call the park as Nurrangingy Reserve. It is one of the many lovely parks often visited by local and international tourists and there never was a single day without visitors. I took the above photo at the main park just in front of the Colebee Centre for functions and dining. Nurragingy Reserve offers the following attractions and facilities: picnic and BBQ areas (wood supplied), children’s playgrounds, bush walking tracks, formal garden areas, planted as International Gardens, quiet shaded areas and pavilions, a waterfall, natural bush land ideal for nature studies, toilets, wedding garden areas (bookings essential), the Nurragingy Blacksmith and the Colebee Centre.
We too, in many instances held our picnic, birthday and garden weddings here. Also, during the annual town festival, Medieval Shows were held here, and that’s the busiest time in the park, because hundreds of people attend this show every year. Last year, a Chinese garden was built, making it more lovely and has now become the centre piece in the park. I had seen once a bush load of tourists frolicked in the park.