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.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Royal Botanic GardensFee: No
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- 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
Mrs Macquaries Rd
Sydney New South Wales 2000
Phone: +61 2 9231 8111
Greg M. Feb-14-2020
Giant botanical park with amazing flowers, carnivorous plants and gorgeous footpaths. Plenty here for a wander, study or a run. Don't miss the SYDNEY... Read More
Niki B. Aug-11-2021
These gardens are stunning! They're open to the public and are located right next to the Sydney Opera House. We had a few picnics in these gardens, which... Read More
Nicole E. Jan-30-2020
I love walking through these beautiful botanical gardens in the middle of a metropolitan city like Sydney. An area of pure tranquility and quiet from the... Read More
Accommodations near Royal Botanic Gardens:
|Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|L2, T2, T3 or Ferry||Circular Quay||7 minutes|
|T4||Martin Place||3 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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