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

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Thursday: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Friday: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Sunday: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM

Address: Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9231 8111

Official Website: Royal Botanic Gardens


Rated 4.7 out of 5Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Star Rating

5 Star Rating "Exploring the Botanic Garden in Sydney is a serene journey through nature's masterpiece. As I entered, the vibrant colors of meticulously curated flora welcomed me, creating an instant sense of tranquility. The garden's layout is a testament to thoughtful design, offering a harmonious blend of open spaces, winding paths, and themed sections. The diversity of plant species is awe-inspiring, and each corner of the garden unfolds a new chapter in the story of botanical wonder. From the delicate blooms to the towering trees, the garden is a living tapestry that showcases nature's artistry. The manicured lawns invite visitors to pause, breathe, and appreciate the beauty that surrounds them. One of the highlights of the Botanic Garden is the opportunity for a calming walk. The well-maintained paths guide you through shaded areas, where the dappled sunlight adds a gentle warmth to the atmosphere. It's a perfect escape from the urban hustle—a sanctuary where time seems to slow down. The waterfront areas within the garden provide not only a visual treat but also a peaceful ambiance. The serene ponds, coupled with the backdrop of the city skyline, create a picturesque setting that is both refreshing and rejuvenating. The Botanic Garden is not just a place to see; it's a place to experience. Whether you're an avid botanist or just seeking a quiet retreat, this garden offers a haven for reflection and connection with nature. It's a gem in the heart of Sydney, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of the natural world."
Ikbal (Saputra) - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating Magnificent Royal Gardens. We spent hours walking the paths and enjoying the Australian flora and fauna! It was very lovely to walk along the harbor and get a different view of the Opera house. The gift shop was also a great place for gifts and treats for yourself! I try to go to Botanical Gardens in all cities and this is one of the best!
Emily Guile - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I recently visited the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, and it was an absolutely enchanting experience! The lush greenery, vibrant flowers, and serene atmosphere made it a perfect escape from the bustling city. The garden's well-maintained paths and informative signage made it easy to explore and learn about a wide variety of plants and ecosystems. The views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge from within the garden were breathtaking. It's a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts, photographers, or anyone looking for a peaceful retreat in the heart of the city. I can't wait to return!
JC Cueto - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating I love visiting botanical gardens within major cities. It felt like a bit of an escape from the hustle and bustle of the Circular Quay. While there's still plenty of things going on outside, the beautiful surroundings, manicured to promote peace and relaxation, helped to slow me down, and drink up the scenery and stillness. Grateful for my stroll there 🙏🏽🤙🏽
Jerome Bautista - 27 days ago

4 Star Rating Quite lovely to walk around. Lots of different areas and good photo opportunities. Would have given five stars though there weren’t many bubble taps to get water especially on a hot day. Would go again and recommend going here.
Kay Wojtowicz - 2 months ago

Accommodations near Royal Botanic Gardens:


Line Nearest Station Walking Time
L2, 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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