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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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Gorgeous flowers, trees and plants

Another must visit for overseas tourists or even Sydneysiders! Great views all around, fresh air, plenty of green space, beautiful plants trees and flowers, picnics a must

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Canandaigua, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and I walked through the gardens this afternoon. They are big and beautiful but to my surprise there's very little color (other than green). Every other formal gardens I've ever been to are literally exploding with flowers of every color imaginable. Yes there are some flowers in the garden but 99% is green. Even with the lack of... More 

Thank William S
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Another must visit for overseas tourists or even Sydneysiders! Great views all around, fresh air, plenty of green space, beautiful plants trees and flowers, picnics a must

Thank jeanettestandley
Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Botanical Gardens are one of the joys of Sydney. They are a green oasis/lung right in the heart of the action and beautifully kept. Try entering the gardens from the Woolamaloo gate and wandering through before ending up at the waterside. Enjoy looking at the party boats before walking around the Opera House and stopping for a cool one... More 

Thank BigKevTravels
Edgewood, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed strolling around the grounds of this lovely garden. It had some beautiful views. We wished we had a full day to enjoy it. We would have liked a few more park benches to rest though. It's a very large park!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Free entry from every side.....a wonderful collection of plants, shrubs and trees. A relaxing place to have a picnic, wander and enjoy the views and animals. You have great views of the harbour, Government House and plants indigenous to Australia and the world....you can spend hours here. Right now there is a paid exhibit on chocolate, but the rest is... More 

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Bodmin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After a walk by the opera house the gardens were so peaceful. Beautiful flowers and lots of birds, worth a visit to recover from all the walking.

Thank Pat I
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The amazing Jonathan Jones show by Kaldor Public Arts was the catalyst for us to spend more time in the Botanic Gardens The walk around Mrs Macquarie's chair to the Opera House must be one of the worlds 10 great city walks The gardens remain an oasis of tranquility in our busy city. There are new buildings and spaces but... More 

Thank UluruAustralia
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I spent many an hour during my stay just sitting in the gardens relaxing and taking in the views of the Harbour and Opera House. Just gorgeous.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a hidden gem in the heart of Sydney, with wonderful views of the bays and the Opera House. The little train takes the effort out of getting about when it is very hot and the terminus is by the Luna Park, rigt next to the Opera House and the shopping area near the Quay. The textures and colours... More 

Thank BarbRW
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice rest while visiting a nice place, beautiful ferns and large trees. We enjoyed walking through the park to go from one side to the other instead of walking on city streets

Thank Donatella P

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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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