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Royal Botanic Gardens

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Central Business District
As featured in 3 Days in Sydney and 8 other guides
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Address: Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: 61 2 9231 8111
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Lovely place to chill

Love visiting the botanical gardens! I visit at least one a week. The place is quite big so even when it's busy you can still find a quiet area to have a picnic or just chill... read more

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Love visiting the botanical gardens! I visit at least one a week. The place is quite big so even when it's busy you can still find a quiet area to have a picnic or just chill out. You can also walk round and get a great view of the opera house and harbour bridge. Would definitely recommend a visit if... More 

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Walton West, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth the visit, the gardens are full of wonderful trees shrubs and flowers of every description and a very informative section about the abororiginies. There is a lovely shaded cafe area and gift shop where you can purchase seeds of the surounding plants and the usual souvenirs. There is a train that takes you around all the park for... More 

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Toccoa, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

While visiting in early Australian spring, I saw a well kept and spacious garden. While many of the plants were just beginning to flush out, I was impressed with the blend of old buildings and architecture that gave the garden its bones. There are also great views of the harbor from the garden.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'm a bird watcher and visiting the gardens gave me the chance to see the birds, flowers and to get familiar with the beauty Sydney had to offer

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Rutland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is must do attraction just next to the Opera House. Great for a stroll enjoying the trees, plants, flowers, birds and well kept lawns. Worth a second and third visit. Really nice.

Thank Ad W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If visiting the hrbour hpuse, a short walk will talke you to the botanical gardens. You will see the most exotic trees and u usual plants in its best form. Apring is a great time to viait. Make sure you are in comfy walking shoes!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

These gardens cover a large area. You could spend an hour or all day. We walked over to the gardens after seeing the Opera House. There was a cute train that you can buy tickets for and the ride is about 30 minutes long. Since we did not have unlimited time, this was a wonderful way to see much of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice leisurely walk after the hussle and bustle of the city ! The herb garden is beautiful ... Lovely quiet pond to sit around

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As you wander through the gardens, you are oblivious to the busy city only a few hundred yards away as the gardens are quite and calming. A magic place to stroll through and a wonderful great showcase for the trees and plants of Australia, as well as some other countries. The layout is exceptional and as with everything in Australia,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The botanical gardens are definitely worth your while. You could spend less than and hour or a few hours exploring all the pathways and different inspired gardens. Spring was in bloom and the flowering trees beautiful! The walk to the harbor is very nice.

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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.
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