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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 - 5:00 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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Tranquility in the city

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... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today 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 yesterday 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited the gardens on a rainy day. Good variety of trees, bushes and flowers. Nice sculptures and walks. Easy waterside walk, plenty of photo opportunities and sitting areas. Nice place for a picnic on a sunny day .

Thank Lorraine S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An enormous area of varied gardens with wide open spaces for use by families. The restaurant and cafe are delightfully situated. Easily reached from the city and leads straight to the Opera House and ferry terminals.

Thank Anne N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Right on the Sydney Harbor, an easy walk from the Opera House. Families, joggers, and at least one bride being photographed. Coincidently or not, a sky writer aloft in that clear blue sky wrote: "Forever", with a tiny heart beneath. Who knows what you'll experience. Doesn't get much better.

Thank Barbara L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The gardens are a must while you were in Sydney. It's close to many of the major attractions. They are pretty big and well paved so it's nice running and walking. The fauna varies and the park is well manicured so it's interesting to see where the little paths will take you.

Thank hennaeel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Walk through this garden means connecting with nature and the opportunity of having a relaxing time!

Thank Alejandra Z
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The gardens are a special place. Strolling through this peaceful area after a business day is a great way to wind down and well within walking distance of the city centre.

Thank Jimalisongrant
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Right next to Sydney Opera House. Free! Great walk, beautiful variety of plant life. Quiet, large walkways and many paths.Take the time to walk through the entire location - you won't regret it!

Thank Gail S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this is a nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Very interesting as they have informative nameplates for many different plant species.

Thank Vernon K

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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.
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