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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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Loved the Botanical Gardens

I have been here several times and always enjoy the gardens and the view. On this occasion I hopped on the train that tours the garden, $10 per adult 25 minutes. It was very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Nancy H
Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
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Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been here several times and always enjoy the gardens and the view. On this occasion I hopped on the train that tours the garden, $10 per adult 25 minutes. It was very informative, enjoyable and I got to see quite a lot of the garden.

Thank Nancy H
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed visiting these gardens. a ride on the train is very good and gives an overall history of the gardens. Thought the Chocolate exhibition in the visitors centre could have been better.

Thank Eileen G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing peaceful place so close to the city and the walk beside the opera house is stunning as is macquaries chair

Thank Travelbug98765
Canandaigua, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I walked through the gardens this afternoon. They are big and beautiful but to my surprise there's very little color (other than green). Every other formal gardens I've ever been to are literally exploding with flowers of every color imaginable. Yes there are some flowers in the garden but 99% is green. Even with the lack of... More 

Thank William S
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Another must visit for overseas tourists or even Sydneysiders! Great views all around, fresh air, plenty of green space, beautiful plants trees and flowers, picnics a must

Thank jeanettestandley
Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Botanical Gardens are one of the joys of Sydney. They are a green oasis/lung right in the heart of the action and beautifully kept. Try entering the gardens from the Woolamaloo gate and wandering through before ending up at the waterside. Enjoy looking at the party boats before walking around the Opera House and stopping for a cool one... More 

Thank BigKevTravels
Edgewood, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed strolling around the grounds of this lovely garden. It had some beautiful views. We wished we had a full day to enjoy it. We would have liked a few more park benches to rest though. It's a very large park!

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Free entry from every side.....a wonderful collection of plants, shrubs and trees. A relaxing place to have a picnic, wander and enjoy the views and animals. You have great views of the harbour, Government House and plants indigenous to Australia and the world....you can spend hours here. Right now there is a paid exhibit on chocolate, but the rest is... More 

Thank DJS1950
Bodmin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After a walk by the opera house the gardens were so peaceful. Beautiful flowers and lots of birds, worth a visit to recover from all the walking.

Thank Pat I
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The amazing Jonathan Jones show by Kaldor Public Arts was the catalyst for us to spend more time in the Botanic Gardens The walk around Mrs Macquarie's chair to the Opera House must be one of the worlds 10 great city walks The gardens remain an oasis of tranquility in our busy city. There are new buildings and spaces but... More 

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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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