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Royal Botanic Gardens

Mrs Macquarie's Road, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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  • Royal Botanic GardensPro 2014
    Matthew Crompton
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    5 Dec 21, 2013

    An outstanding bit of real estate bordering Sydney's inner harbour, and adjacent to Circular Quay, the opera house, and the tall buildings of the financial district, the botanical gardens form a perfect frame for the city's greatest natural resource. With endless acres of gorgeous landscaping and historic buildings, it's a place that should occupy at least a morning when combined with a wander through the aforementioned sights, and has special surprises like giant fruit bats and cockatoos to be seen amongst all the blossoms and foliage.

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    Lydia M
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    4 Nov 15, 2013

    Best place to click a picture with the Opera and Darling harbor as the background! Great place for a pleasant walk.

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    Becky Mahan
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    4 Oct 28, 2013

    Most cities have a botanic garden, and I've walked through many of them: London, Melbourne, Christchurch, Vienna, Queenstown. Sydney's didn't seem too particularly unique, but I strolled through them anyway, because I could not get enough of the enticing summer sunshine and sparkling harbor in this city. The sprawling lawns are perfect for lovers and picnics (or both), and they incline on a gentle hill, so on my last night in Sydney, I found a perfect little perch and watched the sun set behind the opera house. It was absolutely magical.

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    Jenny Weiss
    5 Oct 20, 2013

    The Royal Botanic Gardens were my absolute favorite attraction in Sydney. I could sit in the sun on the grassy hills for hours every day if I could! There are great walking trails lined with beautiful plants and flowers, as well as great views of the harbor and the Opera House. We literally sat on a bench in the gardens for an hour and people-watched; such a great spot in Sydney!

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    Barbara Kossy
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    5 Mar 29, 2013

    I loved wandering the many trails of the botanic garden. You get great views, can delight in the plantings, and stretch out a bit. Warning: do not walk under the trees that are full of flying foxes. Trust me. The RBG is trying to evict them, but success is iffy.

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    John Ewalt
    4 Jan 04, 2013

    These expansive grounds are found a short walk away from the opera house. Despite being in the middle of the city, it is still quite possible to find areas where there is nobody else around and seating (benches) are available. One can easily spend more than an hour just walking around the park and not see anything more than once.

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  • Royal Botanic GardensPro 2014
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    4 Dec 30, 2012

    Take a walk through the grounds. Make sure you check out the pond in the middle, and walk out to the coast to see the views of the harbor. A popular wedding setting.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    5 Nov 09, 2012

    The Royal Botanic Gardens are a great free park open during daylight hours on most days. Besides the botany, the birds that accompany the plants and trees are most interesting. At the waters edges there's a view of the opera house. This is a great way to experience Sydney without breaking the bank.

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    Paul Burgess
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    If you're into gardens and a bit of quiet after a hectic day, a walk through the Botanical gardens is relaxing and peaceful, there are Australian natives, European, African and Asian plant sections, there are plants from all over the world.

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    Meagan Rochard
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    If you're into gardens, you'll be into this one! I was still jet lagged so I was up at 4 in the morning ready to go out! I decided to take a walk through. It was so big! I doubt I managed to see all of it.

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    Margaret Miles
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    of a night you can sit on the hill and watch the lights over Sydney and Circular Quay ... walk around and feed the ducks ..or head to the art gallery ... its one of the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen.

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    Aloura Charles
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    This is one of my favorite botanic gardens in the world. There's a great little kiosk near the Macquarie Street Gate, close to Conservatorium Rd. You can buy a milkshake or coffee, then walk into the gardens and wander. Will be hard to miss the amazing bats, hanging everywhere, trying to sleep during the day!

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    James Spiller
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    A very short walk from the gorgeous Sydney Opera house, the Royal Botanic Gardens is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and return to nature. Filled with beautiful Australian foliage, quaint walking paths, and 74 acres of vegetation, its a perfect place to do some thinking, play a sport, walk with a loved one, have a picnic, do some writing, and learn about native Australian flora and fauna.

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    Stuart Scott
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    4 Jan 16, 2014

    Free attraction close to the city centre. Look out for the colonies of Flying Foxes.

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    Bruno Mora
    2 Dec 14, 2013

    lame. the tropical garden was closed when I visited there.

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    Jennifer Alison
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Such a beautiful park.

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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Keep your eyes peeled for the Flying Foxes in the trees!

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    Anne O'Brien
    4 Jun 28, 2012
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    4 Mar 20, 2012
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Most of us have been warned about the dangers of falling coconuts but what about the dangers of the bunya bunya pine? The cones of Araucaria bidwillii, native to Queensland, can weigh up to 10 kg and fall from a height of more than 20 meters! You can see the massive seeds for yourself (from a safe distance) at the Domain; part of one of the world’s most beautiful gardens, situated right by Sydney ... read more
Harbor. There are three public gardens in Sydney. This 30 hectare park, directly east of the Opera House, is the most central. The beautiful and interesting specimens as well as the breathtaking views at this admission-free gardens are open to you every day of the year.

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