Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney (must see)

The Royal Botanic Gardens is located to the East of the Sydney Opera House and overlooks Farm Cove. The land was once a farm established by Governor Philips, the founder of the city of Sydney.

The Royal Botanic Gardens are surrounded by the Domain, a green space in the centre of Sydney. It was founded by Governor Macquarie in 1916 adjacent to the Government House. The first Colonial Botanist, Charles Frazer began the collection and study of plants at the garden and it is the oldest scientific institution in Australia. The Royal Botanic Gardens welcomes over a million visitors every year who come to view its landscape, the many unique birds and fruit bats. It is family friendly and children and adults can walk and play on the grass and observe trees and plants at close quarters. Many rare trees and plants from across Australia are grown here.

The Royal Botanic Gardens are divided into several themed sections like the Palm Grove, the Oriental Garden and the Herb Garden. Other interesting parts are the rainforest walk, the succulent garden with desert plants and the native plant rockery. There is also a large pond with ducks, the white-faced heron and other aquatic birds. Free entry and visitors can enjoy picnics on the lawn in this beautifully landscaped park.

Why You Should Visit:
Super cool location on the side of the Bay and a place one can hardly get bored of; a visit here easily can be a whole day's entertainment.
You can use the train for an overview of the place; however, walking is just as entertaining a way to get around.
If you plan to have longer hours in the Gardens, there are also restaurants, as well as a cheaper and faster café.
Plus plenty of benches in the shade and on the sun, where a tired visitor can have a rest.

Tip:
Don't forget to walk to Mrs. Macquaries Chair, from where the wife of Governor Macquarie was watching the ships sailing to the Harbour. This point provides you with beautiful views.
Also, try and book the Aboriginal Heritage tour, which is about an hour long and runs Wed, Fri, Sat mornings at 10am.

Opening Hours:
Daily – (Oct): 7am-7:30pm; (Nov-Feb): 7am-8pm; (Mar): 7am-6:30pm; (Apr, Sep): 7am-6pm; (May, Aug): 7am-5:30pm; (Jun, Jul): 7am-5pm

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Sight Name: Royal Botanic Gardens
Sight Location: Sydney, Australia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour II   Landmarks Walking Tour in Sydney  

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