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 Gardens 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 Gardens 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 Aborigainal 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 Gardens, 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 Gardens

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

Directions go to Google MapRoyal Botanic Gardens.

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