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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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Botanical Gardens. Sydney

Walked from our Hotel in Woolloomooloo (yep that is the name👍). 15 min walk and through beautiful gardens and you are at Opera House. Plenty of wildlife, plants and trees to see... read more

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Scotts Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Walked from our Hotel in Woolloomooloo (yep that is the name👍). 15 min walk and through beautiful gardens and you are at Opera House. Plenty of wildlife, plants and trees to see and one could easily spend hours there. Highly recommend. Have a picnic and soak it all in. Awesome!!!

Thank dsandjay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We started our Garden experience at the gate nearest the Opera House where we got into the "Choo choo express"...lol. It was a little train that they took you around the gardens where you could get off/on at 4 different spots. We took it all the way around and then took it to where we wanted to get off....not sure... More 

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While the gardens were designed as a display of word flora, the real value is the close up view of Sydney Harbour and great photo opportunities with the view of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge or simply the harbour itself as a backdrop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a wonderful experience. We walked through the Gardens the first time as tourists and by the end of our stay we were so familiar with it, we were giving tips to other tourists. The variety of plants was awesome, and the serenity was sublime.

Thank Vic C
South West Rocks, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful gardens, so much to see, start from the Opera House end and work your way around to Mrs Macquaries Chair, gardeners paradise

Thank Patricia S S
Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely place to stroll and enjoy trees, vast lawns and beautiful plantings. Walk slowly and enjoy the clean air and sense of relaxation you have.

Thank GoesBoom
Erkrath, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This botanic garden is a must have seen in Sydney, a really beautiful british style garden with a lot of corners with special garden styles like asian, succulents and many more. And a beautiful place to relax on the greens in this busy town.

Thank Mchenchef
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Royal Botanic Gardens are gorgeous and well-worth the time to soak in the beautiful layout of plants and flowers! We were especially delighted by the special exhibition about the making of chocolate at The Calyx! The obvious investment of care and attention for this exhibit made it delightful to all senses -- great visual displays (including a "green" wall... More 

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North Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed wandering through the Royal Botanic Gardens after a long leisurely lunch. It is an absolute must for Sydney residents and tourists alike. There is an element of history about the gardens as well as fascinating sectioned gardens - my favourite has to be the Succulents or Cactus Garden which has many different varieties from all over the World.... More 

Thank DaphneTraveler
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the Botanical Gardens are fairly large and one section contains only plants from Australia and another plants from around the world. There is a nice tea shop in the middle and if you can get there at the right time there is a cute little red train that runs through the different areas.

Thank LarryR41

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