The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

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One of the best free attractions in Sydney, The Royal Botanic Garden offers 30 hectares (74 acres) of colorful native Australian plants, decorative fountains and statues, and animals such as possums, flying foxes, water-dragons, blue-tongued lizards, Australian birds, and butterflies. The free daily morning walking tour will introduce you to the gardens, while the scenic Choo Choo Express train tours departing throughout the day cover more of the site's expanse. The Royal Botanic Garden is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Sydney Edition.
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  • Perfectly-kept, with wonderful flora and well signposted to not get lost in the immensity! Best of all? The beautiful view to the opera house and the bridge of the Bay during the sunset! Definitely can not miss the visit to Sydney!
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  • Like most botanical gardens in Australia, this is more a lush park than it is an academic or scientific place with many species, green houses and name tags. It is very peaceful, even though it is very...  more »
  • This garden like very other garden in Sydney is well looked after, has great views up and down the river.  more »
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  • These gardens are nestled between Potts Point (and the Royal Australian Navy base located at Fleet Base East (Garden Island)) to the East and the Sydney Opera House, Government House and the greater city of Sydney to the West. There's so many attractions found within the gardens that there is too many to list here. Rest assured however, that Sydney has done a magnificent job in creating, maintaining and improving the gardens of decades of use. There is often events held with the grounds and along the water's edge, with amazing views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the sails of the Sydney Opera House - as well as the entire North side of the Harbour. It is a surprisingly tranquil experience found so close to the city. Just one point to note: the gates close at frustratingly early times in the evening and open up later than I would like in the morning. I used to try and run through them on the way to work and to enjoy the morning air and wonderful view; however, this is often impossible due to the seasonally changing opening times. Check ahead before you attend!
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens are an oasis of tranquility amid the hustle and bustle of the city. A wonderful place to lie in the sun and recharge or go for a lunch time walk or jog. The kiosk provides a good variety of food and drink at a reasonable price while the restaurant serves a more refined menu at a slightly expensive rate. You will always find something different while exploring the gardens and the "must see" attraction at the moment is 'Polination' at the Calyx. Truly a wonderful experience and well worth your time.
  • Beautiful gardens with a marvelous view of the harbour and bay. Their waterside areas are excellent for relaxation, reading, or just hanging out. They also have a wide range of trees and plants for those looking for educational value, and it's within walking distance of Circular Quay - very convenient Highly recommend a visit here!
  • Spend a day (at least) exploring the beautiful, varied environments. Simply one of the spots in Sydney, the huge gardens are so well maintained, with plenty of open spaces to stretch out and relax. Nature lover or not you will appreciate the views of the cbd from the many viewpoints and likely share it with local natives like the kookaburra! Bring water, and note public amenities are quite far apart, limited food options within and nearby and can be pricey.
  • Wonderful place. It is a large space full of vegetation where you can relax and enjoy nature. It is clean and well maintained, overlooking the Opera House. There are a variety of flowers and trees, sunny days you can see every detail of color, I recommend going with time to see it whole and have a nice and quiet time. There are usually not many people, which is an advantage to disconnect from the overwhelming city. I just love it!

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