Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens are situated in one of Sydney's most beautiful locations

Flowers at the Royal Botanic Gardens frame the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge
Flowers at the Royal Botanic Gardens frame the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge cc licensed photo by Rê mineira

The 75 acre Royal Botanic Gardens are located on ground overlooking Farm Cove just south and east of the Sydney Opera House. These beautiful gardens are the culmination of nearly two centuries of hard work dedicated to the science of botany in Australia. The gardens are indeed the main centre for botanical sciences in Australia. Come and discover the amazing collection of plants, both native to Australia and from around the world in this magnificent setting.

The Gardens occupy the site of Australia's first farm which was started in 1788. Interestingly, due to poor soil and growing conditions, the farm was not a success, however the land continued to be cultivated. In 1816 Governor Macquarie founded the gardens as part of the Governor's domain, which later became the location of Government House. He appointed a botanist from the Colony to oversee research and develop the gardens.

The great majority of development that you see today took place under the direction of Charles Moore, a botanist from Scotland, between the years 1848 and 1896. During World War 1 and through the Great Depression, cut backs caused the gardens to regress some, however in 1959 after the gardens where designated as "Royal" they began once again to receive the attention and enhancements they deserved.

While you are welcome to explore the gardens on your own, there is a free guided walking tour every day at 10:30am and also on Monday to Friday from March through November at 1pm. These start from the information booth located just outside the garden shop at the Palm Grove Centre. You can also expect to see lots of colourful birds and wildlife in the gardens. The gardens are also a superb spot to just come and relax; a beautiful oasis from the surrounding city.

Nearby attractions: Government House, Sydney Opera House, Art Gallery of NSW, Customs House, Justice and Police Museum, and Museum of Sydney.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Royal Botanic Gardens

Fee: No

Closed Now

Regular Hours:

  • Monday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Thursday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Friday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Saturday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Category: Botanical Gardens

Address: Mrs Macquaries Rd
Sydney New South Wales 2000
Australia

Phone: +61 2 9231 8111

Reviews

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5 Star Rating The Royal Botanic Gardens is a must see if in Sydney...and admission is free! This is a wonderful, peaceful, tranquil spot to chill out, relax, recharge... Read More

Robert S. Aug-11-2019

5 Star Rating Must visit garden in sydney! Free to enter. Vivid event held here and going on till Jun 15. Loved that every plant and tree was clearly named with a... Read More

Priyanka L. Jun-10-2019

4 Star Rating Just a short walk away from the Sydney Opera House, is the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens is a historic garden at Farm Cove on the... Read More

Tiffany D. May-08-2019

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Directions

Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T2, T3 or FerryCircular Quay7 minutes
T4Martin Place3 minutes

How to get to Royal Botanic Gardens by

By Train or Ferry: exit at Circular Quay Station and proceed west on Alfred Street then left on Albert Street and right on Macquarie Street. Enter the Gardens by the horse and rider statue at Bridge Street.

By Train: exit at Martin Place and walk east through the plaza to Macquarie Street; cross over and enter the narrow walkway just to the right of the Sydney Hospital Entrance. Continue east on the walkway the the pathway into the Garden.

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