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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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  • Sydney
  1. People riding bikes Royal  Botanic Gardens Sydney
    Photograph: Brian Yap
  2. Royal  Botanic Gardens Sydney
    Photograph: Ronald Woan

Time Out says

Thought to be one of the oldest public gardens in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens date back to 1810 when Governor Lachlan Macquarie and his wife had a vision for an "English parkland setting with a grand house". Over the years, this 30-hectare oasis has withstood fires, cattle grazing, invasions of flying foxes, a windmill, an aviary, and even a zoo. Today, save a few sulphur-crested cockies, it's an oasis of calm in an urban jungle.

If it's not raining, rug-up and take a free guided walk through the gardens...which should help all you urbanites to separate your Begonias from your Camellias. Although, as this month heralds the peak flowering season for banksias, you might find yourself becoming familiar with some native species as part of the Bountiful Banksias tour. Alternatively, if it's a wet weekend, warm up over brunch at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant, where you can watch the rain pour down whilst cradling your steaming cup of coffee. Exquisite.

Best For... Amateur botanists, hippy nature lovers & anyone in need of a break from the city.

Worst For... Couch potatoes.

Tours from 10.30am, daily. Free entry.


Mrs Macquaries Rd
Opening hours:
Daily 7am-5pm (or later some months)

What’s on

The Garden Social

  • Fairs and festivals

After a successful debut in January 2021 and even bigger follow-up in January of this year, the Garden Social returns ahead of schedule for a special showcase from August 12-14.  Taking place on the Tarpeian Lawn (which overlooks the Harbour Bridge and Opera House) in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the aim of the event is to shine a light on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and creatives, as well as encourage people back into the CBD. There will be live music, food, Indigenous crafts, art installations and traditional demonstrations.  The line-up of musical acts reads like a who’s who of the country’s hottest Indigenous talent – we’re talking up-and-comer Breanna, singer-songwriter Ronnie Smith and proud Noongar man Rob Edwards, who infuses his passion for culture with deep lyrical content. Renowned First Nations artist Pirritu will take to the stage on both Friday and Saturday, while Christine Anu – one of Australia’s most popular recording artists and performers of all time – will headline on Saturday night. You’ll want to arrive early for that one, as prime spots on the lawn are sure to fill up quickly. Other activities you can participate in include traditional weaving workshops using local grasses, or the progressive creation of a Warrane Community Connection Map facilitated by Yibaay Wagaan Wiradjuri artists.  A range of food and drinks will also be available to purchase, and are best enjoyed while sitting back listening to some tunes or admiring the stun

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