Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Located on the shores of Sydney Harbour right near Circular Quay, the Royal Botanic Gardens are a must see when in the city and a respite from the buzz of Sydney’s CBD.

A romp around the botanic gardens is free and it is open every day of the year. The Royal Botanic Gardens have been an importnat focal point since early on in the colony when the gardens were founded by Governor Macquarie. Since it was founded in 1816, it is considered the oldest scientific institution in Australia.

The best way to get started on your visit to the gardens is to take one of the free guided walks that are held daily at 10:30am. These take around 1.5 hours and will show you some of the highlights of the gardens including the tropical centre and rose gardens. From there you can explore the area on your own or take a picnic to enjoy while looking out over the harbour. There are also various cafes throughout the gardens.

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