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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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Expansive Botanical Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens are immense and impossible to cover in just one day. There are so many varieties of plant life and flora that are available that it is hard to decide... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Royal Botanic Gardens are immense and impossible to cover in just one day. There are so many varieties of plant life and flora that are available that it is hard to decide what is the best feature. The view seen from Mrs. Macquarie's Chair back toward the Opera House and Harbour Bridge is certainly impressive but that by no... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This morning I ran through the Royal Botanical Gardens. What a treat! It has great views of the bridge and Opera House, as well as a variety of different exhibits. I like the statues that are interspersed between the plants. The park has a lot of different paths (good for mileage) and also has bathrooms. Great place for a walk... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great place to walk and Mrs Macquarie walk takes you to the tip of a peninsula which has great views of Sydney.

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Wantage, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

More of an arboretum than a botanic garden, poor and sometimes incorrect placing of labels, some plants in poor condition. Worst of all, no facilities for getting around a large site for people with disabilities apart from a small road train that you have to pay for and which only runs every half an hour.

Thank Loretta L
Lenexa, KS
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sydney’s gardens are an expansive, open-field, park-type setting. Lots of beautiful views of the harbour and park. This differs significantly from Melbourne’s, which is much more of a botanic gardens showcase.

Thank kurteg
Royston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We walked around the gardens a couple of times during our stay. It rained once so we sat in a covered area till it stopped. Plenty to look at and information signs everywhere, also historic statues dotted about. Ibis type birds wander around, they are quite funny to look at but friendly. Beautiful place to visit.

Thank AdieNewmarket
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My primary objective was to take photos of the Sydney Opera from various angles. As the botanical gardens are located on one side, I decided to talk a walk through the gardens. To my surprise, admission was free. Yet the gardens were very well maintained. The benches spread throughout provide perfect vantage points.

Thank msprenger001
McDonough, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a nice park to take a stroll through. Nice trees and flowers. It was large. a lot of walking here. It was a long way between interesting flowers

Thank RodDaly
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I live in Sydney and rarely get to just hang out and explore my city. I have been to many botanic gardens in Australia and OS and I would have to say the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney are amazing with some spectacular old trees, Like the 200 year Hoop Pine, Dragon Blood Tree and the Morton Bay Figs spectacular.

Thank Craig H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Best place for a walk and relax. Amazing view of the Opera House. Not to many people and perfect to work out!

Thank Andrea G

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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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