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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
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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USD 116.27*
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nice garden

This is where you can relax,lying on the grass to sunbath.Everything is green, nice trees with beautiful flowers.Very clean and relaxing here.The location is just out from opera... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is where you can relax,lying on the grass to sunbath.Everything is green, nice trees with beautiful flowers.Very clean and relaxing here.The location is just out from opera house.

Thank nenycute
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent for a long walk, with a large variety of species on display. Easy access to the ocean and nice city views.

Thank Daniela M
San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Huge garden just southeast of the Opera House. Good place for a jog/walk or just relax on one of the many benches. Plenty of shade and different types of plants. There are also ponds with fish, as well as different types of birds roaming around. There is also a nice breeze coming in from the harbour

Thank John H
Somerset West, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We chose to walk from our hotel in Potts Point down to the Opera House and following the map given to us by the hotel we walked through the gardens exploring different paths, many shaded which was a good idea given the heat of the day while we were there. This is a lovely place to get a bit of... More 

Thank 01MER
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The gardens are open during daylight hours, easily accessible from the city and free to anyone. Most of the flora are labelled with their botanical names, popular names and where they originated. There are many paths, resting places, a glass house, an art gallery and a range of food places from simple coffee to elaborate restaurant. There are several resident... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

How nice to spend some time in the lovely Royal Botanical Gardens (easily found at the bottom of the equally well known Macquarie Road) and remind myself of just how majestic Sydney used to be (i.e. without all the new development which has taken place in the Circular Quay/Darling Harbour/Rocks area and - in the process - destroyed many of... More 

Thank stevebG6121BX
Newton, MA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Royal Botanic Garden is a nice, large park, right near the Opera House and close to the CBD. It's a terrific place for a stroll and to get outside if you're downtown. On the positive side, the park features a lot of green and many unique trees, all well marked. On the negative side, there wasn't much in the... More 

Thank Steven G
Ocean Grove, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When you head to Sydney make sure you have a stroll through the Botanical gardens, they are beautiful and very pleasant on a hot day. We go to Sydney every year and this is something we never tire of spending time doing and the Cafe is also great for a quick snack or a more formal lunch. It is very... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When visiting Sydney from Melbourne and staying in the CBD, we often head for the Royal Botanic Gardens due to the central location, the stunning views over the harbour, the wonderful large established trees and the ability to cover most of the gardens in a comfortable stroll. We recommend it to anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle for... More 

Thank Frank-Jennie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful gardens. The gardens are well maintained and very clean, perfect for a picnic with a beautiful view.

Thank Sharoooooony

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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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