Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

After leaving Hyde Park, we walked down Art Gallery Road, past the Domain and The Art Gallery, over the Cahill Expressway and into the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney via the Woolloomooloo gate. This 75 acre of gardens dates back to the First Fleet. The gardens are bordered by Sydney Harbour – Farm Cove (north), Cahill Expressway (South), Mrs Macquaire’s Road (East) and Macquarie Street (West). There are gates at Mrs Macquaries Chair, the Opera House and various gates along Mrs Macquarie’s Road. All gates are locked at night, opening hours are displayed at all entrances.

The Royal Botanic Garden are criss crossed by many paths and is easy to get around. The gardens are well signposted, as are the different species of plants which also includes rare and exotic varieties. One of their rare plants is the Wollemi Pine which was thought to be extinct but rediscovered in 1994.

Palm Grove Centre

At the Palm Grove Centre there is the Botanic Gardens Restaurant and Cafe, Garden Shop and Visitors Information Counter. There are guided tours, which include a free daily and lunchtime guided walk, booked group walks, specialist tours and Aboriginal heritage tours as well as the Friends of the Gardens events and activities. The day we were there was a very hot day in January and we took a guided tour on the Choo Choo Express which is a trackless train.

Government House

Government House situated on the eastern side of the Royal Botanic Garden, is a gothic revival building designed by English architect Edward Blore and completed in 1845. Tours of the house are by guided tour only.


Most areas of the gardens is wheelchair friendly, except for a few steep paths and stairs. There are park benches throughout the gardens and plenty of shade under the large trees. Dogs are not allowed in the gardens. There are toilets scattered around the gardens.

Transport and Directions to the Royal Botanic Garden

There are  train, bus and ferry services. Street parking is limited and is by ticket purchase.

Next week I will be holidaying in South West Rocks and this will be my next post for my Parks in Sydney site. It is not a part of Sydney, but a beautiful spot to go for a holiday with beautiful parks and picnic areas.

Kerry – Parks in Sydney.

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  1. Hello Parks In Sydney,
    I so love the parks in Sydney and sure miss them :) My late Grandma loved the Botanic Gardens the most! Thanks for sharing the great pictures and helping me to remember the good times :)
    Lisa Wood recently posted..Bundaberg Rum DistilleryMy Profile (dofollow)

  2. Good work on presenting a verbal guided tour of the Sydney Botanical Gardens. I have ever only visited Sydney once but will certainly keep in mind these gardens on our 2nd visit.
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  3. Thanks Lisa and Leo.

  4. What a lovely article, especially the beautiful images. Your article took me a few years back when I used to work in the city and I used to jog that same course at lunch time – starting at Hyde Park, going to the Opera House and back. The view was absolutely breathtaking. I love your blog presentation and layout – definitely a resource I will be using again.

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  5. Sydney certainly has some great places go visit. There really is so much to do in Sydney, and it always have to be an expensive day. I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks.
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  6. We do need to be thankful for the forethought of planners who set aside these magnificent locations to be enjoyed. The gardens are a wonderful place to get away from the activity of the city.
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  7. Hi Terry

    Yes we are very lucky that sites like these were set aside for the public to enjoy.

  8. Hi Keith

    When you come to Sydney next there are heaps of beautiful parks to visit. The Koala Park Sydney is very popular with tourists and the children love getting up close with the animals.


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