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Royal Botanic Gardens - Sydney

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Published August 1st 2012
Stunning & spectacular
Breathtaking! That is the best way to describe these amazing gardens, located in the heart of Sydney CBD. The contrast of high rise buildings and tranquil gardens is incredible and add to that the spectacular views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House and you won't know which way to look first.

Royal Botanic Gardens is set amongst 30 hectares of beautifully manicured lawns and plants. It is open every day of the year from 7am to 5pm and until 8pm during summer. Entry to the gardens is free, except for the Tropical Centre, where a small entry fee is charged.

Walking on the grass is encouraged as is smelling the roses, hugging the trees and talking to the birds. You will find spectacular feature gardens including Begonia garden, Cadi Jam Ora, Government House grounds, Herb Garden, HSBC Oriental Garden, Rainforest Walk, Mrs Macquaries Bushland Walk, Old Mill Garden & greenway Terrace, Palm Grove, Pioneer Garden, Rare Plants Garden, Australian Native Garden, Palace Rose Garden, Succulent Garden and so much more.

The garden is also a home to many animals including birds, mammals, spiders, reptiles, frogs, fish, crustaceans and insects.
Royal Botanic Gardens offers daily guided tours as well as courses and workshops and school holiday programs. For more information, visit the Royal Botanic Gardens website.

Visitor Facilities:
Palm Grove Centre – includes a Gardens shop, visitor information area and toilets
Botanic Gardens Restaurant – open for lunch daily and for brunch on the weekends
Botanic Gardens Café - open from 8.30am – 4.30pm
Pavilion on the Park Restaurant – open for lunch daily
Pavilion Kiosk – 7am – 4pm daily
Palace Gate Café – open weekdays 8am – 5pm and on Saturdays 9.30am – 4.30pm
Tropical Centre – open 10am – 4pm
Sydney Fernery – open 9am – 4.30pm
Succulent Garden – open 9am – 4.30pm
Scenic Train Tour by Choo Choo Express

Interesting Facts:
Size of the Garden – 30 Hectares
Annual visitors – over 3 million people
Number of plant species – over 8,000
Number of trees – over 4,000

Getting There
Train – the nearest station is Martin Place or St James and Circular Quay.
Ferry – easy walk from Circular Quay.
Bus – Bus No 200 (Chatswood to Bondi), No 441 (Balmain via QVB) or The Sydney Explorer Bus.
Car – Metred parking is available along Mrs Macquaries Road, Hospital Road and Macquarie Street and undercover parking is available at The Domain, Sydney Hospital and Sydney Opera House.

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Why? Spectacular gardens in Sydney CBD
When: All year round
Where: Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
Cost: Free
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