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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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An afternoon sauntering through the gardens was a lovely gentle time. Lots to see from parrots in the trees, eels in the pond!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

An afternoon sauntering through the gardens was a lovely gentle time. Lots to see from parrots in the trees, eels in the pond!

Thank TimKNottingham
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

These gardens are well maintained from top to bottom! Awesome place to wander around and see what is in bloom given the time of year of your visit. You can picnic, run, walk or just hang out and watch the world go by... Well signed- so very easy to navigate. Helpful staff should you need any assistance. A wonderful Asian... More 

Thank bas0921
San Jose, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Located next to the Sydney Opera House, this is a great way to spend a few hours taking in the harbor views, admiring the beautiful plants & critters roaming the grounds…and best of all--it’s FREE! A must do in Sydney. Walkways are nicely paved; easy walks and there’s so much to see. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water on hot... More 

Thank TravelTea
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wonderful horticultural specimens with good detailed info on the origins of some. We spent over an hour wandering around and could have spent more time if we had it. Nice and relaxing despite being in such a prominent position. Some of the trees are breathtaking in size and shape, and there are plenty of cockatoos and other birds to spot.... More 

Thank championstuart
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Since our hotel was a quick walk to the gardens and on the way to the harbour, we walked the park a few times. . First I would call this more of a park than a botanic garden. It lacked the assortment of plants and flowers that I normally see in other gardens I've visited. The grounds were very nice... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

After long walks and taking pictures in front of the Opera House, chilling at The Royal Botanic Gardens is a good idea. Review your pictures or just read a book while sitting on the grass and taking a glimpse at the calm body of water in front of you.

Thank Japé Z
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The walk was beautiful getting to see all of the trees, herbs and blowers while being right by the water. Unfortunately, I went on a very hot day and didn't get as much relief from trees as I had hoped.

Thank Cheryle G
Northern CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Check your schedule if you want to see the greenhouses, which are only open on certain days. Otherwise, spend a few hours walking among the well established specimens of subtropical flora. There is even a cafe to rest for coffee and light meals.

Thank cklonowski
Chorley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Its hard to believe you are still in Sydney city centre whilst walking through these beautiful and peaceful gardens. Nice place to grab a take out lunchand sit out in such a lovely setting

Thank Frank W
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We decided to have a long walk considering the amount of wood we consumed the previous night and so glad we did. In one word "Peaceful" you will love it.

Thank Voltare

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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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