Where: Mrs Macquaries Drive, Sydney When: All year round: Opens from 7am- for closing times see website.https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Visit/Opening-Times Details: In the heart of the busy city The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney offers a peaceful and relaxing 'getaway' from all the hustle and bustle in the city. Here you will find Aboriginal, rose, oriental, herb, Australian native gardens, the Sydney Fernery where you can discover ancient plants, and have a peak around the Nursery. There are also free guided tours including Aboriginal and Heritage walks. Click here for website.
2. The Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens When: All year round - closed Christmas Day: 9:30am-5:30pm Where: Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah Details: In the picturesque Blue Mountains this spectacular botanic garden calls home. Here you will discover several exhibits including many impressive walks which include the jungle, rainforest, forest, woodlands, Gondwana walks and many more. Some exhibits on display include formal, rock, bog, conifers and the rhododendrons gardens. There are plenty of picnic areas too! Click here for website.
3. The Australian Botanic Garden When: All year round: Summer: 8am-7pm & Autumn, Winter & Spring: 8am-5pm
Where: Narellan Rd, Mount Annan
Details: This breathtakingly beautiful botanic garden includes many walking trails including Aboriginal walking trails, mountain bike trails, exotic plants, Australian natives, lakes and rolling hills, plenty of picnic areas including gas BBQ's, the famous blue tree, surrounding bushland, outdoor sculptures, tours, restaurant, wildlife spotting, birdwatching and more to discover. Click here for website.
4. Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden
When: Wednesday- Sunday: 9am-4pm
Where: Deep Creek Dam Drive, Mogo
Details: Be taken aback with this different botanic garden, set in the natural setting of the Australian bushland, this botanic garden includes many walks taking you through different parts of the Australian bushlands, open lawns, exotic gardens, picnic areas, birdwatching, wildlife spotting, boardwalks, lake crossings and more. Click here for website.
5. Albury Botanic Garden
When: All year round.
Where: 700 Smollet St & Wodonga Place, Albury
Details: Situated on 4 hectares you will find native and exotic plants, elm trees, children's garden, picnic areas, and much more to discover. Click here for website.
6. North Coast Regional Botanic Garden
When: All year round: 9am-5pm
Where: Hardacre & Coffs Streets, Coffs Harbour
Details: This botanic garden is one of the major regional botanic gardens on coastal New South Wales and covers 20 hectares which features mangroves, tidal estuary, natural forest, rare and endangered Australian species, exotic plants, sub-tropical plants from the world, Japanese garden, lakes, boardwalks, and more. Click here for website.
7. Orange Botanic Garden
When: All year round
Where: Hill St, Bletchington
Details: This 17 hectare site features stunning native and exotic plant collections including walks, homestead garden, the billabong, woodlands, orchard and historic varieties, heritage rose garden, historic church, lookouts and views, picnic areas and more. Click here for website.
8. Wagga Wagga Botanic Garden
When: All year round: 9am-4pm
Where: Willians Hill, Macleay St, Wagga Wagga
Details: This impressive botanic garden features model railway, outdoor entertainment area, tree chapel, fitness trail, pedestrian bridge, garden displays of camellia, cactus, rose, native plants and Shakespearian gardens, rainforest gully, waterwise garden, bamboo garden as well as a museum and adventure playground. Click here for website.
9. Wollongong Botanic Garden
When: All year round: 7am-5pm
Where: Murphys Ave, Keiraville
Details: This hidden gem of the Illawarra region includes several garden exhibits including rose, bush tucker, dryland, rainforest, palm, woodland, flowery trees & shrubs, and succulent garden displays. You will also find an outdoor reading room, ponds, bridge crossings, Japanese Tea House, lawns, picnic areas and more. Click here for website.
10. Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden
When: All year round.
Where: 810 Pittwater St, Dee Why
Details: This botanic garden is an oasis of Australian native plants, floral displays, walks, picnic areas, sensory track, rainforest gully, local indigenous species, sandstone heath, lush ecosystem of the Federation Cascades, and plenty more to discover. Click here for website.
11. Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens
When: All year round: Mondays- Fridays: 9am-4pm & Weekends: 9:30am-4:30pm
Where: Coronation Dr, Dubbo
Details: This spectacular botanic garden features four major garden exhibits: Shoyoen, Oasis Valley, Sensory Garden and Biodiversity Garden. The Shoyoen exhibit was a gift from the sister city Minokamo, Japan and it includes a traditional Japanese garden with lakes, streams, dry garden, tea hut, religious symbolism, miniature landscape and more. The Oasis Valley exhibit is a dry rainforest evolved from ancient Gondwana rainforest and it features a boardwalk, flowing creek, many rainforest species, and more.
The Sensory Garden is where all your senses come alive with a journey of interactive experiences and the exhibit includes many colours and shapes of flowers and foliage, sweet scents including tasty scents, fountains, pond, water features, stepping stones, Georgian style rose exhibit, sculptures, herb garden and more.
Finally, the Biodiversity garden features a display of local plants that replicate their natural habitats, native plants, birdwatching, wetlands, volcanic slope boardwalk, trails, woodlands, and more. Click here for website.