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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 118.13*
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Had a great free tour

They do daily tours which are free if you meet outside the cafe. Just happened upon the tour as we were wondering through. Was a nice tour and we got a bit more info about the... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2016
Michelle G
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Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

They do daily tours which are free if you meet outside the cafe. Just happened upon the tour as we were wondering through. Was a nice tour and we got a bit more info about the place than the pretty plants we otherwise would have just walked past.

Thank Michelle G
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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Love the Botanic Gardens! They are so pretty, and even though I have been so many times, I still see things that I have not seen before! So pretty and smell so good. There is plenty of grassed areas for people to sit and relax, or have a picnic. You can even catch a live event during the dry months-... More 

Thank Carla A
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

A wonderful place to meander, walk on the grass, picnic, or just relax from the stresses of City Life! In the centre is a cafe and restaurant, if that is your thing!

Thank John S
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

A great way to spend a quiet afternoon and escape the hustle and bustle of a busy city. There is a lot to see here and so many beautiful spots for a picnic or to sit and read a book under an old and beautiful tree. The rose garden is stunning

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Reviewed 21 April 2016

well worth the short walk from the Quay, or can be accessed from CBD easily too (the walk around the Opera house is a nicer walk though. At a guess, 10-15 mins at ambling pace. The gardens are extremely well maintained, some magnificent old trees, and sculptured gardens, with lots of grass for picnics etc. Plenty of birdlife, The views... More 

Thank Andrew C
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

This is a glorious oasis and resting place in the hub of such a busy, boisterous city; Sydney. From Mrs Macquarie's chair one can look across the whole city and the stunning harbour skyline. Then stroll to the art gallery in one direction, or to the Opera house in the other direction. The gardens have many sections and include tropical,... More 

Thank Elisabeth F
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

Garden is well manicured and maintained. Lots of beautiful flowers, trees, and birds to see while there. Also a wonderful place to lie on the grass and enjoy the sunshine. Great place to walk and there are directional maps everywhere. It is very near to the Sydney Opera House so you can actually make this a great detour if you... More 

Thank Howard B J
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

Beautiful, especially on a sunny day. Lovely to walk around the Opera House to the Botanic Gardens and see all the exhibits including the plants! Nice way to spend an afternoon.

Thank Goldeneye64
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

Best to arrive using public transport Parking is not all that easy. The Gardens are a good venue for any age group also from Solo visitors to Families. Does not matter what time of year management seems to make sure spectacular displays are plentiful - easy to have snacks drinks a cuppa or a coffee in numerous places - an... More 

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Reviewed 21 April 2016

The gardens contain lovely plants and is well laid out for strolling and relaxing. It is a great location to take a break when touring the city. Places to sit and relax and enjoy the beauty and sunshine Having visited many botanical gardens, I found these to be spacious and a great place for walking in the city without the... More 

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