Cosmopolitan Sydney, capital of New South Wales, is home to two of the world’s architectural masterpieces: the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s known for its progressive and exciting restaurant scene on one hand, and having some of the oldest buildings in Australia on the other. Sydney is one of the rare cities in the world to have preserved its waterfront for the use of the public. Bondi Beach’s Icebergs pool is world-famous among the yoga and surf set, and the 2.2 k.m. Glebe Foreshore walk starts at Bicentennial Park and ends at the famous Sydney Fish Markets, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Spectacular views and 27 hectares of beautiful urban parkland and reserves can be enjoyed along the way. Here’s our guide to the city:
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is Australia’s oldest scientific institution and is home to an outstanding collection of more than 27,000 plants from around the world. The garden is also a part of the Australian Institute of Botanic Science, one of the nation’s premier research organizations that helps to ensure the survival of plants and build more resilient ecosystems for future generations.
Fleurs de Villes FEMMES will be hosted at The Calyx from August 19th through 28th, celebrating women of cultural and historical significance “en fleurs.” Fresh floral tributes to Australian remarkable women include music sensation and cultural icon Kylie Minogue, known best for her 1988 cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “Locomotion,” and trailblazing aviator Nancy Bird Walton, the “Angel of the Outback.”
In addition to the 17 FEMMES, highlights of the exhibit include a pop-up flower market on Sunday August 24th, and walks, talks and demonstrations from florists, scientists and horticulturalists in the ‘JARDIN’. Visitors can also indulge in bespoke dining experiences while marvelling at the spectacular floral creations around them, including a French High Tea and Bottomless Rosé Brunch.
Part of the proceeds from ticket sales go to The Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Garden, a not-for-profit organization that is devoted to supporting, protecting and enhancing the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and its vital research and conservation projects.
Book your tickets here.
With views over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour, the five star Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is a destination unto itself. Do some laps in the city’s largest heated outdoor pool, then warm up with cocktails and Baja fish tacos at The Cabana. Newly renovated rooms are flush with mahogany and marble, and amenities include Christian Lacroix products for the deep soaker tubs. Menus focus on local Australian ingredients and wine, and immersive culinary experiences are on offer, like the frozen pavlova dry-ice presentation from pastry chef Quentin Zerr.
As official hotel partner of Fleurs de Villes, Four Season Hotel Sydney will host a floral version of Greek Goddess Persephone in the lobby, as well as an exciting mix of floral-inspired cocktails and special room packages. Contact the hotel at +61 2 9250 3100 to book.
For the first time ever, Fleurs de Villes merchandise will be available to the public at the Gardens Shop; pick up a notebook, apron or tote bag to take a piece of your unique experience home with you.
Shop for gorgeous springtime floral dresses and your favourite botanical fragrance at Myer, Australia’s largest department store. Their Libertine Parfumerie stocks classic fragrances from Santa Maria Novella alongside cult favourite “Magnolia Bliss” by Juliette Has a Gun. Make sure to catch the two FEMMES in situ at the store: model Miranda Kerr and singer Delta Goodrem.
And if you’re in the market for a new set of wheels, look no further Genesis Motors Australia. We have our eyes on the luxury G80 Electrified vehicle with Napa leather seats and forged wood accents. Look for the flower-bombed SUV on the lawn at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney on display throughout the FEMMES exhibition.
Fleurs de Villes FEMMES coincides perfectly with the run of Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, at The Capital Theatre, Sydney. This over-the-top musical extravaganza with 70 songs celebrates truth, beauty, and above all, love! Look for the FEMMES floral tribute to acclaimed actress Nicole Kidman, depicted as Satine in a famous scene from Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 movie Moulin Rouge on which the musical is based. It’s sure to be Spectacular, Spectacular!