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“Love the Cactus Garden”

Royal Botanic Gardens
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Private: Historical Sightseeing Walking Tour of Sydney
Ranked #7 of 485 things to do in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 28 June 2014

Sydney's Botanic Gardens has many precincts and any moods: It has its waterfront which buzzes with people perambulating, jogging and enjoying the views of the harbour. It has large open grassy areas with duck ponds and nearby kiosk where families love to picnic. There is a glass pyramid for plants requiring a specially humid environment. There is a jungle area to get lost in. I love the First Settlement Garden, complete with scarecrows, which has attempted to replicate the plants which were grown at that time. The Museum is worth a visit. Nearby you can purchase plants instead of surreptitiously taking cuttings from plants on your way around. It is from here that you can join tours of the gardens, also worth considering. Near to the Museum is the walled Succulent Garden, which is locked up at night. I love this precinct and over the years have watched it grow to maturity. The Succulent Garden was my destination on this day when I slipped into the gardens while I was on a visit to the nearby Art Gallery of NSW. Some sculptures have been added more recently which provide an interesting counterpoint to the myriad of cacti to be found there. In my mind succulents remind me of undersea plants which seem to have to solve the same challenges as cacti: how to retain moisture and withstand a high salt environment. I love the structure of succulents. In a way they look almost like alien creatures lost on a distant world. This part of the garden has now created its own ambiance, and when you enter this gated garden you feel as though you could be slipping into another dimension. It seems so far removed from anything else in this temperate zone in which Sydney sits. Photo opportunities here are surreal.

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

We took the free garden tour which started about 10AM. Our guide was quite informative and did an excellent job keeping our small group involved, The weather was good although a bit overcast. Plan accordingly if you make the walk in the hotter Sydney summer months.

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

A nice way to spend an afternoon breaking up the view of skyscrapers. There is also access to the government house, which looks like a small castle

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Reviewed 26 June 2014 via mobile

We went for a little walk from the back of the opera house around 3pm and the light was fantastic. The scenery is stunning as is the view back across to the bridge and the harbour. The walk to mrs Macquarie's chair is just a nice length. We even saw a pod of wild dolphins in the bay which was amazing.

Thank Philyellen
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

been to a few parks and gardens in Australia and was quite disappointed by the royal botanic gardens. If i were to compare this with the one in Tasmania, its just too far in comparison. no flowers around to be seen, and towards the end, when we reach the rose garden, it was not taken care of either. it a nice huge park to chill but it wasn't the garden i was expecting.

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