Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
4.5
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The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is a major botanical Garden located in the heart of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Opened in 1816, the garden is the oldest scientific institution in Australia and one of the most important historic botanical institutions in the world.
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The area
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Neighborhood: Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
How to get there
  • Martin Place • 8 min walk
  • Circular Quay • 8 min walk
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4.5
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AndyJohn74
Sans Souci, Australia1,791 contributions
Jan 2022
The Royal Botanic Garden is just Spectacular, not only in the way this large garden is maintained, but also for its location. There are many sites to see and the view into the harbour is amazing. Many park benches and pathways to follow.
Written January 24, 2022
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Zoe Stanek
15 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
I was surprised at how much I thoroughly enjoyed the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney.

Lush, diverse and educational, the Royal Botanical Gardens can be a fleeting visit or take up to half a day of exploring. Schedule a visit to the coffee shop for good food, drinks and an ice cream.

A great trip for all ages - it’s a must see!
Written January 7, 2022
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Gerry S
3 contributions
Dec 2021
I am a Sydney sider and come here one a week on average. Sometimes for just quick walkthrough, but on occasions I will spend a few hours here, read a book, enjoy a picnic etc. it really is a jewel in Sydney. It’s centre and a quiet haven from the madness of the nearby busy streets.
Written December 18, 2021
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia1,865 contributions
Dec 2021
These gardens really are the lungs of central Sydney. They are so lush and beautiful at this time of year. And best of all, they are free to enter. Each area of the garden is different and you will always find new things round each corner. Love this place!
Written December 14, 2021
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia12,232 contributions
Sep 2021
It is easy to spend all day in these wonderful gardens, there is so much to, and very much walkable, the gardens and parkland is kept beautifully, it is nice to have a picnic on the grass watching the world go by.
Written November 19, 2021
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Dan74D
Schofields, Australia333 contributions
Oct 2021
A very beautiful part of the city. Given all the buildings around, this slice of green that carves right through the CBD is a humble paradise. Well tendered to and very relaxing to walk through. Just be careful of the bindi populated grass in parts.
Written October 27, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia9,323 contributions
Jul 2021
Sydney's botancal gardens are Australia's oldest. In spring, the mauve jacarandas and rhodendrums are inspiring. The lavender wisterias make a good show. Spring is the best time to see Sydney's blooms. The Botanical Gardens are a short walk from the heart of Sydney's business district.
Written October 13, 2021
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Teresa C
Metro Manila, Philippines1,232 contributions
Oct 2021
Any season, these gardens are worth the visit. But - best to catch the gardens when the flowers are in full bloom.
Written October 4, 2021
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blackeldo
Kiama, Australia2,046 contributions
Jun 2021
FAMOUS PHILOSOPHER YOGI BERRA^^ WAS TALKING BASEBALL, BUT….

…..his advice also works well at Sydney’s ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS.

This is a great area to observe a lot. I prefer harbour views and people watching, but I’m not averse to pleasant park scenes with a variety of natural and improved areas – all of which RBG does well. It’s also big enough to be great for exercise if staying in one of the hundreds of hotels nearby or just feel like stretching out.

HARBOUR VIEWS – no shortage of things to observe along 1500m+ of foreshore path. Check those passing ferries. The BRIDGE** and OPERA HOUSE** are seen from many parts. You can look down harbour, up harbour, across harbour++. Neat. Once around the corner of the small headland at MRS MACQUARIE’S CHAIR** scope the warships++ and activity at GARDEN ISLAND**. Further on are views of WOOLOMOOLOO FINGER WHARVES** and harbourside BOY CHARLTON POOL**.
A bonus: to build on Yogi’s quote, you can also CONTEMPLATE a lot by just watching – MrsM’s CHAIR is a great place for contemplation. Stare at the clouds while you ponder life choices.

PEOPLE WATCHING
Aficionados will appreciate passing toned runners, cut work-out groupies. Lotsa tourists – guess place of origin by snatches of conversation and dress.
Gets better: Boy Charlton Pool has lady lappers in breathtaking spray-on Speedos, sunbathers in g-string bikinis. Equal-opportunity wonks: no shortage of hunks in those boxer-like ‘skins’. Aesthetics warranted more time here but trip reviewer duty (more to observe) saw me move on quickly (hur, hut, hur).

PARK SCENES
Away from the harbour is an extensive zone of hills and flats with an an abundance of park scenes: lakes and ponds, bandstands, orchid gardens, sundails, palm valleys ,bamboo patches and broad grassy lawns. Botanic nerds have rare plant displays and different ages of landscaping genre to figure.
Buildings are widespread from modest-sized tea rooms to English country manor-like joints (the size of RBG means none dominates surroundings). Architecture wonks can spend time figuring if style suites garden genre.

EXERCISE
Cycling and roller skating are verboten. You can jog: the foreshore path between Opera House and MrsMC gets busy with jogging office workers around lunchtime. Other paths less so.
A dedicated running trail starts in adjacent Domain park, passes under the MI into southern RBG, turns at MrsMC and runs parallel back into the Domain.
So it’s either jogging or walking. WAIT; that’s wrong: just inside the Opera House entrance sits a small train^^ ready to whisk patrons on a circular route thru some of the park. Personally, I regard riding this like catching the bouquet at a funeral but family groups may think it the cat’s pajamas.

TIPS
-ACCESS: most convenient for most visitors is the north entrance immediately S of the Opera House. You are very close to CIRCULAR QUAY** here. Best south entrance is where the joggers’ track passes under the M1 from the Domain. Best west entrance is probably adjacent the CONSERVATORUM OF MUSIC**. No east entrance unless you clamber over the seawall from a boat. Nearest rail station is Circular Quay (<500m) – Martin Place is <700m from the southern park.
-SIGNPOSTING is good.
-PARKING: I noticed metered parking on the road above MrsMC and a few spots elsewhere. Lotsa tour buses parked up there. There is parking outside: nearby DOMAIN PARKING STATION is one.
-SLOPES tend to be benign. The foreshore track is flat to MrsMC south of which it undulates gently. Ditto most inland parts. Any steep sections are short and will only trouble the grossly unfit like my online pal Singapore Slim, the only person (still alive) who has surrounded an 18” (45cm) cream pie in under 30 seconds. Dude needs a defibrillator station on the 5 steps to his front patio. His sensational squeeze (the scintillating Soonay)’s world championship in CPR she attributes to constant practice. Although my frequent feigned cardiac arrests when with them no longer work.
-NEARBY TOURIST ATTRACTIONS – you could spend half the day at Circular Quay and adjacent places like the Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art**, the historic Rocks Area** yada and then move on to RBG. Also close is the NSW Art Gallery**, the State Library** and several other important destinations. Shoppers and gourmands always have the adjacent city for retail therapy and grazing.

^^source of my favourite travel advice: “WHEN YOU COME TO THE FORK IN THE ROAD, TAKE IT”.
**Tripadvisor has review pages
++see photos
Written August 7, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia9,323 contributions
Apr 2021
The Royal Botanic Garden flourishes on Farm Cove, just five minutes from the Sydney CBD. The Garden covers 30 ha (75 acres). The Garden is Heritage listed; it is the oldest Botanic Garden in Australia. The Garden has many Australian and exotic plants, including a massive Moreton Bay Fig.
Written June 9, 2021
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