Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
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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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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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  • stevebintley
    Bedford, United Kingdom7,086 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing space
    This is one of the nicest open gardens I’ve come across and the fact it’s free to access and wander around is superb. There’s lots of different sections but each is really well kept and gorgeous to admire. Despite there being a fair number of people there on my visit it was still very peaceful and the perfect retreat from the city. With the waterfront at the bottom and a nice walk to the opera house it’s even more accessible and appealing and everyone should visit when in the city.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 26, 2023
  • BorntocruiseUK
    Heathfield, United Kingdom11,197 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful, serene and free
    Not many things in this world are free but these gardens are. You could easily spend a few hours meandering around the numerous paths. Beautifully kept offering stunning views over Sydney. When we were there they had Alice in Wonderland on for which there was a fee to get in. Wow did those guys entertain the kids.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Shah Inder
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Gardens
    It is a wonderful garden ,with ancient trees growing which are so well maintained. Presence of the sea gulls, taking food from the visitors without any fear was enjoyable. We also saw the beautiful decorations in the garden for the Vivid show .
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • onitada
    Wellington, New Zealand108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wet day, during the school holidays. Quiet and peaceful.
    I found myslf in the gardens on a rainy day. Don't buy an umbrella from the gift shop in the gardens $31 later. Hey, I was desperate. I found myslf mostly emersed in the Cactus garden area, the variety, scale and size of these things. But here is so much more to explore, such as, at night with the lights festival.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • kerynLALPrePrep
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see in one garden space!
    You can spend a full day at the Sydney Botanical Gardens as there is so much to see and do. There are dedicated garden spaces such as the Camellia Garden, the Palace Rose Garden, and the Succulent Garden, to name a few. We ran out of time to see it all and we'll need to come back to see the Native Garden and the Palace Rose Garden with its 1,700 roses when they are in bloom - visiting in wintertime meant we missed that. The only downfall is that their maps are hard to follow. The cafe had lovely food and we didn't know until leaving that Luke Nguyen has a restaurant there, too. Another good excuse for a return visit. We loved our day visiting these gardens!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 20, 2023
  • LSQRD1
    Kent, Ohio815 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely and big
    We wandered through on a fall day and were happy that there were flowers in bloom. We saw some birds and enjoyed the variety of plant life. The garden is large and we did find it a bit hard to find our way around; I would suggest coming up with a plan and looking at a map.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Val0929valeria
    Seattle, Washington25 contributions
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    Well worth it
    We booked a free guide tour with a lovely older gentleman who explained all about the flowers and plants. He made it interesting and exciting. I totally recommend it even tough you don't take the tour. The garden itself is very beautiful and big
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Flyer55498308875
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous garden
    It was a rainy day so we decided to take the bus tour around the garden. It was just us two behind Eli, the tour guide. The garden is absolutely gorgeous and Eli is an amazing guide. You can sense his passion for nature and he showed us around, answering our questions and even took a few pictures of us. Realising that the best way to experience the garden is to actually walk through it, we spent a good hour walking across the garden after our tour. Would highly recommend if you want to take things easy and enjoy the breadth of what nature has to offer. High praise for the garden keepers too!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia45,617 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A monumental bara
    The Botanic Garden in Sydney is a wonderful place to spend a day just wandering around and enjoying all that's on offer. The other day we visited and noticed a really wonderful work of art. It was a monumental bara. Fish hooks (bara) were crafted and used by Indigenous women for thousands of generations. They would fish from their canoes in the harbour, hauling in catches with bara tied with bush string, to cook on open fires. The bara art work, located on the Tarpeian Precinct Lawn of the Royal Botanic Gardens, has a gleaming finish reminiscent of local seashells. Its crescent shape reflects the shapes of the moon, the coves of the harbour, the sails of the Sydney Opera House and the arch of the Harbour Bridge. This artwork is a powerful expression of Aboriginal cultures. It’s an unusual and interesting work of art and worth a look.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 16, 2023
  • AllanJGJ
    Wellington, New Zealand3,848 contributions
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    Spring has sprung
    Sydney's extensive botanic gardens are looking very fine indeed at the moment as Spring arrives. Some interesting plantings and many lovely blooms. Definitely worth a stroll for both gardeners and non-gardeners.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 20, 2023
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Cherie H
Roumazieres-Loubert, France318 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Business
This is a great example of a Botanic garden. I always make a point of visiting the gardens of the cities I visit as I find them havens amongst the noice and chaos. The Sydney Gardens did not disappoint. Loads of spots to sit and read, have some quiet time, marvel at the varieties of plant life. 2 things I would mention.
1 a fun way to get there from the CBD is use the underground travelator from the underpass next to the Cathedral..
2 the cafe in the gardens is badly run, very unfriendly, over priced and if you are Vegan the options are non existent.
Best thing, take a picnic and enjoy the gorgeous gardens.
Written July 16, 2020
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Howard Llewellyn
Bournemouth, UK381 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Couples
Walked through the gardens ourselves, had been there before. Thankfully the rain stopped & the area came alive with birds. The fruit bats in the tallest trees are enormous and as the sun goes down they take off to feed, quite spectacular.Well worth a couple hours of your time, so central to the city but so quiet and some of the best views of the Opera House and Bridge.
Written March 3, 2020
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Judith R
Sydney, Australia57 contributions
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Jan 2020
As a Sydneysider I often go to the Botanical Gardens. 441 Buses go from behind QVB (Queen Victoria Building) and run every 20 minutes. Or you can walk up through the gardens from the Sydney Opera House. There is a very nice restaurant in the middle of the gardens but also a snack bar. It’s lovely walking along the wall at the Harbour edge to the point known as Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. (Named for the wife of one of Sydney’s early Governors). Artisans in the Garden is a special event in October which is worth a visit. Also the Greenhouse is a venue for art exhibitions. The Calyx is a place where lunchtime concerts are held. There are plenty of cool shady places to sit on a hot day. To find our more there is a website giving details of the current program.
Written February 13, 2020
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Alison S
Sydney, Australia2,278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
FEMMES.

We joined a long queue of people processing through The Calyx, at a special exhibition of women dressed immaculately in floral arrangements.
They were magnificent: Jenny Kee, Kylie Minogue, Ashley Barty, Freda Khalo and many other notables.
Just wondered to see such an array of beautiful flowers magically assembled by botanical artists.

Congratulations to those who prepared the Exhibition.

Tickets pre-booked meant that we could "jump the queue".
Written August 28, 2022
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John Everett
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We weren't sure of the Botanical Gardens, but saw that they had a miniature "train" that was $5 per head SR. Disc. It was about a 20 minute ride. We saw the outsides of many different buildings. You could get off and venture into the buildings and wait for the next "train" to pick you up, but we were tired and enjoyed the view of all the flowering plants and trees on the grounds. Overall, a nice way to see the place.
Written April 24, 2020
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CathyGri
Newark-on-Trent, UK290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a lovely way to pass a few hours walking around the Botanical Gardens. The views from by the lake are outstanding, taking in the sydney skyline. We especially liked the Chinese Garden and we also visited Calyx, a 5 AUS $ donation special exhibition of carnivorous plants.
Written February 14, 2020
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Karen C
Heswall, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The botanical gardens are one of my favourite places in Sydney. Beautiful to just wander through. Amazing plans and trees and wildlife. Walking from the entrance by the art gallery to the opera house is the best was to take someone to circular quay to see the opera house and bridge for the first time if they have never been to sydney before. That’s what i did snd my partner loved it. Sometimes theatre productions and outdoor cinema are on in the park so always look out for these too. Great place don’t miss it if your visiting.
Written February 5, 2020
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Nanioften
Boston, MA66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This garden is not just lovely, it’s beautifully thought out and arranged. Even on a hot summer day, it’s a peaceful refuge from the hustle that is Sydney. While all the gardens, including the Rose Garden, are wonderful, the Succulent Garden is a standout. A huge sculptural planter in the center is a focal point, but the variety, quality, colors, and textural contrasts of the plantings are just stunning. We couldn’t stop taking pictures, and were so taken with it that we spent extra time visiting. Don’t miss it!
Written January 26, 2020
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MosesPH
1,508 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is so accessible and easy to get to from Circular Quay. Just walk in the direction of the Sydney Opera House and you are there. Covering an area of 30 hectares this is a beautiful open green space within Sydney city. Beautiful lawns, trees and different gardens. You can spend a few hours here and feel really relaxed. Pack a picnic or else grab a bite to eat at one of their cafes. We also enjoyed visiting The Calyx which has different displays on. There are free guided walks. A place for all ages.
Written January 15, 2020
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David C
Bilambil Heights, Australia21 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
Two issues both pertaining to access.

On April 1st, I attended the Handa opera production of La Traviata at Fleet Steps, part of the RBG Sydney green space. We walked from our accommodation at the Rocks through the Botanic Gardens to the opera. However, instead of being able to enjoy and explore the gardens en route, we had to rush through because the gardens locked gates at 6pm! Furthermore, there was no way of walking back along a beautiful walk along the same way after the opera ended, instead requiring a long detour through the city. Physically handicapped friends who are in motorised wheelchairs who could appreciate the travel through the Botanic Gardens are forced to negotiate the long walk up and down hills or to take a taxi.
Can there not be access provided on nights of the opera?

To further add insult to injury, on April 2nd, Good Friday, I decided to walk back to see the Botanic Gardens as I was flying out that afternoon. The gates remained locked until 10am.

I am disappointed by the conduct of whoever is in charge of gates.
Written April 2, 2021
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