Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney, Australia

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The famous Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney, Australia, were first established in Sydney by Governor Bligh in 1816. The gardens cover 30 hectares and adjoin the 35 hectares making up the Domain, there are over 7500 species of plants represented here. The gardens are at the north eastern corner of the City Centre and overlook Sydney harbour.

Entry Fee

FREE entry to Garden 

Walks & tours

    • Free guided walks: For individuals or small family groups, daily at 10.30 am (except Public Holidays) – allow 1.5 hours.
    • Free walks Mon-Fri at 1 pm (Mar-Nov only, except Public Holidays) – allow 1 hour.
    • Walks depart from the Information Counter at the Palm Grove Centre.
    • Organised groups: bookings essential, fees apply, phone 9231 8134.
    • Aboriginal heritage tours: Join one of our Aboriginal Education Officers for a journey of discovery. Uncover the Royal Botanic Garden’s rich Aboriginal heritage, by exploring plant uses, culture, artefacts, and taste some bush foods. 10 am Fridays – 1.5 hours (bookings essential). Bookings and enquiries: ph. 9231 8134. Booked Aboriginal Heritage Tours are available Monday to Friday on request.
    • Scenic train tour by Choo Choo Express
    • Operates daily every 30 minutes (weather permitting): Monday-Friday: 10 am – 4.30 pm Oct-April, 11 am – 4 pm May-October, Saturday-Sunday: 10 am – 4.30 pm.
    • Cost: adults $10, children $5.



  • Train: the nearest station is Martin Place. Other stations close to the Royal Botanic Gardens are St James and Circular Quay.
  • Ferry: an easy walk from Circular Quay
  • Bus: the BUS N° 441 (Balmain via QVB Building) leaves York Street, Town Hall on weekdays, 10 am to 5 pm, stopping outside the Art Gallery of NSW. The Sydney Explorer Bus also includes the Royal Botanic Gardens on its route and the bus n° 200 (Chatswood to Bondi) stops in Macquarie Street.


Opening hours

October 7 am-7.30 pm
November-February 7 am-8 pm
March 7 am-6.30 pm
April & September 7 am-6 pm
May & August 7 am-5.30 pm
June & July 7 am-5 pm

Botanical Garden map (PDF)

Some history

The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, est. 1816, is the oldest botanic garden and scientific institution in Australia. It is home to an outstanding collection of plants from around the world with a focus on Australia and the South Pacific. The Botanic Garden is set on Sydney Harbour, next to the Opera House. It sits at the heart of the city’s cultural domain of art galleries, museums and performing arts.

The Botanic Garden is surrounded by unfenced botanical parkland known as the Domain, which is accessible to the public 24 hours a day. Its green spaces, playing fields and harbour views play a central role in Sydney’s biggest festivals, celebrations and events and in the recreational, sporting life and physical fitness of the city workers and residents.

It all began in 1788 when Australia’s first farm, Farm Cove, was established by Governor Phillip. In 1816 the Botanic Gardens of Sydney was founded on this site by Governor Macquarie as part of the Governor’s Domain. Charles Fraser was appointed as the first Colonial Botanist in 1817, establishing the Botanic Gardens as the oldest scientific institution in Australia.

El Jardín Botánico Real, establecido en 1816, es el jardín botánico e institución científica más antigua en australia. Es el hogar de una impresionante colección de plantas de alrededor del mundo con un foco en Australia y el Pacífico Sur. El Jardín Botánico queda en la bahía de Sydney, al lado del Opera House. se asienta en el corazón del espacio cultural de la ciudad, dominado por galerías de arte, museos y actuaciones.

Los Jardínes Botánicos están rodeados por un extenso parque sin rejas, llamado el Domain, el cual es accesible al público 24 horas al día. Sus espacios verdes, campos de juego y vistas de la bahía juegan un rol central en los mayores festivales de Sydney, celebraciones, eventos y en la vida recreacional, deportes y trabajo de actividad física de los residentes de Sydney.

Todo comenzó en 1788 cuando la primera granja de Australia, Farm Cove, fue establecida por el Governador Phillip. En 1816 los Jardínes Botánicos de Sydney fueron fundados en este lugar por el Gobernador Macquarie como parte del Governor’s Domain.

Most of this information has been taken from Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust

Our address

Royal Botannical Gardens, Sydney, Australia
-33.8691798, 151.21583479006
02-9231 8111 or weekends 02-9231 8125
[email protected]

Opening Hours

October: 7 am-7.30 pm
November-February: 7 am-8 pm
March: 7 am-6.30 pm
April & September: 7 am-6 pm
May & Augout: 7 am-5.30 pm
June & July: 7 am-5 pm

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