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Royal Botanic Gardens

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Central Business District
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Address: Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: 61 2 9231 8111
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Parrots fly free everywhere, ancient botanicals, oldest succulent garden, 3-5,00 year old trees, its a must see.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Parrots fly free everywhere, ancient botanicals, oldest succulent garden, 3-5,00 year old trees, its a must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Haven't been to the gardens in years. We walked to The Calyx to see the Sweet Addiction which they charge to see. We walk a little to the Garden Shop & then walk down pass the Main Pond towards the harbour wall & wandered towards the opera house. We wish we had a little more time to explore .

Thank Sharon K
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great park for a waterside walk. Sometimes you see weddings in the park or events. It's quite relaxing and great for a picnic as well.

Thank Weekendfoodesca... B
Lake Macquarie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful well maintained gardens with the best ever view. A great place to stroll at leisure, taking in the information, stopping for a coffee before venturing back to the Quay for lunch.

Thank Janice B
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a beautiful spot! Expansive gardens right beside the CBD and harbour areas. Very relaxing and peaceful. Lots of walkways and signage and also bench seats if you want to take a rest or just soak up the sights.

Thank Jane C
Torquay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's easy to use a whole day here...so much to see and walk through. The chocolate making exhibition was terrific.

Thank rodc577
Moree, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took a stroll through the gardens as they were en route from our hotel to the gallery and found them surprisingly good. Could have spent much more time there than the 15 minutes it took to get to our destination.

Thank Susiesellsseashells
Queensland, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Roya Botanic Gardens is a similar type of attraction found at all colonial state houses. It features a manor, several pieces of installations, making the garden ideal for a romantic afternoon. My rating was given as such because the place is not distinct, and the Mrs Macquarie's Chair is overhyped. Still, it is a decent place to visit when... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I lived near the Botanic Gardens & have visited it over 1000 times. I even got married there & had reception with family/friends at Lion's Gate Lodge I highly recommend taking good walking shoes; a daypack; a lined picnic rug (grass can be damp); water; sunglasses & sunscreen; and some food. I used to stop in at David Jones Food... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Royal Botanic Gardens is a great walk on a nice day. There is lots of different paths to take lots of plants to look at, places to have a picnic or just sit down and relax. It's free and fun!

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Staying in Central Business District

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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.