Royal Botanic Gardens

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5 out of 5 stars
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People riding bikes Royal  Botanic Gardens Sydney
Royal  Botanic Gardens Sydney

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.


Venue name: Royal Botanic Gardens
Address: Mrs Macquaries Rd
Opening hours: Daily 7am-5pm (or later some months)
Price: Free
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An absolute must do in Sydney.

As well as lots of splendid greenery, this big park offers incredible views over the river and opera house. Plus, the wildlife never fails to show up! Between the lizards, bats and countless birds, it's the perfect place to recharge your batteries after a long day.

It's like an oasis in the city. Don't forget to take the train that runs through the park starting from the Opera House.

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Incredibly beautiful part of the city, great place to both relax and explore.