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“Sydney's best kept secret!”

Royal Botanic Gardens
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Sydney: Bondi Beach and Kings Cross Tour plus Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise
Ranked #7 of 474 things to do in Sydney
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Sydney, Australia
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“Sydney's best kept secret!”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens is a must for all international and interstate visitors, and for Sydney residents as well.

First, it is located near most of the most attractive icons of Sydney such as the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the Rocks, etc. Thus, it is convenient to walk to the Gardens when you are visiting Sydney's Opera House.

Second, it is accessible by a variety of public transport such as buses and subways. If you get there by car, you can find metered parking at reasonably low costs.

Third, the Gardens are very attractive in their own right. There are a variety of plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers from all over the world, including native ones. In fact, there is nothing more enjoyable than walking in the Gardens on a sunny afternoon, regardless of the season. Inside the Gardens, you can take photos with the beautiful Opera House in the background. This will serve as a nice reminder of your trip to Sydney.

To us, the most enjoyable thing is the opportunity to feed birds including rainbow lorikeets and cockatoos. If you plan to do this, come with some mixed bird seeds although the cockatoos' favourite foo id sunflower seeds. You need to come to the right spot and If you are patient enough, the birds will come for sure.

Importantly, there are no fees whatsoever to enter the Gardens.

In short, if you are visiting Sydney, especially for the first time, please include its Royal Botanic Gardens in your itinerary.

Visited July 2014
Thank Binh T
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Cork, Ireland
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“Nice walk and views”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

The gardens are well cared for, and have nice walks. The views of sydney opera house are impressive. Would like to come back in a few years and see how the glass houses turn out. The succulents garden is very good too and best thing about it is that entry to the gardens is free.

Visited August 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Flower power in spring”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Though we were there in July, there were already roses in bloom. Will be fantastic to stroll around in spring.

Visited July 2014
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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“Beautiful place”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Green and a lot of plant types to discover. I took photos of the plants and had to look up my botanical book to remind me of their names. The sculptures were amazing! From a corner of the Garden, I was very impressed by the beauty of the building where The British Medical Association NSW branch located in.

Visited January 2014
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“A world class venue with the beasutifully kept gardens bordering sydney's beautiful harbour.”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Perfect for an afternoon stroll suitable for old and young alike, locals and tourists. Relaxing ambience among an exquisit selection of well kept flora some of which was plant possibly up to 200 years ago. Most plants are labelled. There are places to sit, lie down and relax or even a venue to jog and get fit.

Visited August 2014
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