In June 2017, we visited the new Darling Harbour precinct to have a look at their choice of plants and trees for the modern urban green space. Newly completed after more than two years of construction to replace the previous Sydney Convention Centre, the new ICC precinct has a lot to offer, with spacious open areas interplanted with lawns, native plants and an extensive selection of mature, ready-planted native trees.
Everyone remembers the original water features - those long canals of cool water on a hot day with fountains spraying out an an angle. It was certainly a favourite spot on a hot day for many kids.
They haven't quite kept all those canals but they have kept the water - and it's probably a better play area for it. Now the kids can safely run around in the water without any fear of falling in.
The new International Convention Centre (Image credit: ICC Sydney)
View from the top of the stairs at the ICC: large banks of native grasses interplanted with Eucalyptus trees and modern building designs.
View of the Sydney cityscape showing the clever mixing of understorey and mature trees. Given a few years, it will be quite the oasis in the Sydney CBD.