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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
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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A fantastic place to walk and take in the indigenous plant life of Australia and beyond. Well laid out with regular exhibits and a cafe in the center. Fantastic displays of... read more

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Piers V
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A fantastic place to walk and take in the indigenous plant life of Australia and beyond. Well laid out with regular exhibits and a cafe in the center. Fantastic displays of flowers and trees in both formal and informal areas. Formal ponds and a small lake add to the vistas. Perhaps the main attraction for me was the abundance of... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great place to spend a spare 4 hrs after getting off a cruise ship, found baggage storage facility not far from circular quay. Then we had a beautiful walk, coffee and a mini train ride with the kids. Very happy to soak up the rays and get grounded again!

Thank Michelle M
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The amazing gardens which are on the beautiful Sydney Harbour are pristine, clean and immaculate. Easy clear walkways throughout. This is a free attraction and has other smaller exhibitions throughout (fernery)

Thank Simone B
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

These gardens are beautiful and easy to stroll around. Bright coloured birds are a chirpy addition and plenty of lovely fauna. It looked like they were working on a new display which looked good, opens the end of May I think. Amazing views of the opera house and harbour bridge, and the ferries and boats. One of the best things... More 

Thank Lorrifloss
Daylesford, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited these gardens every day of my 4 days in Sydney & saw something different each time. There are beautiful old trees, rose gardens, shady walks, sunny walks, a fernery, a greenhouse & plants of every description,

Thank Karen M
Seattle, Washington, United States
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The birds are hysterical. They are everywhere and so fun to watch. The park has some amazing scenery and the path all my the water is a great walk. It's definitely worth spending an afternoon exploring the gardens.

Thank David H
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The wonderful landscaping of Royal Botanic Gardens on Sydney Harbour is a must-see for garden lovers. Such a picturesque setting to wander in for a few hours - loved it!

Thank Jukong
Chichester West Sussex
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is where Tom Cruise filmed the closing scene Mi2. The views across the harbour and of the Bridge and Opera house are some of the best you'll see. And then you have the exceptional kept gardens to indulge yourself in. A must visit.

Thank TheGuinnessman
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I love ❤️ these gardens and what a view you get off the harbour . Must have a wonder if your in Sydney.

Thank Amybudg
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful botanical garden with nice plants and animals. You can see a lot of parrots in the parc. Very quiet place, good to relax the first day after a long flight to Australia. You can walk along the botanical garden when taking a walk to Macquarie's Point.

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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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