The Royal Botanic Gardens were established in 1816, and feature plant life from the South Pacific.
The Royal Botanic Gardens is a favourite picnic spot and jogging route for many people in Sydney.
When you pass through the Royal Botanic Gardens, you must also take a look up in the trees… There are many bats hanging in the trees. They are called flying foxes or fruit bats – fruit bats because they look like dark fruit hanging in the trees. There are several species of bats, and the largest has a weight around 1 kg.
We passed through the botanical gardens when we were walking from the area near Circular Quay to our hotel at Kings Cross. I don't think it's a shortcut, but it's a nice walk.
There is a sizable colony of Grey-headed Flying Foxes in the gardens, that they are actually trying to move to another location, using noise deterrents...These large size bat-like creatures are destroying some of the habitat in the gardens, but they are really cool looking, so if you want to see them, you might want to hurry!
For birdwatchers, there are tons of cool birds to see as well!
What a lovely place to spend a few hours!
The Royal Botanic Gardens are right in the middle of downtown Sydney. When we went (October), it was Spring in Australia, and the gardens were really putting on a show.
We also saw lots of unique Aussie wildlife. Our favorites were the very odd Ibis birds, and the dozens of bats (specifically "Grey-headed Flying-fox" bats) hanging from the branches of trees. (Don't worry, they're nocturnal. You can enjoy them in the daytime from the ground.)
There are also tons of very curious cockatoos. (In the States, people own them as pets. The Aussie ladies we spoke with couldn't believe it.) They request you don't feed them, though. Clearly, people do, though. They totally gave me the "stink eye" when I didn't. =/
Most beautiful of all about the Royal Botanic Gardens is they're FREE. =) If you're coming towards the end of your Sydney trip and running low on funds, this is a great way to see some local flora and fauna -- and some locals, too. We met an adorable pals of senior gal pals who regaled my hubby and I with stories of growing up and living in Australia over the past 70+ years. That was a real trip highlight.
Be sure and stop by Mrs. Macquaries Chair at the Northwestern corner of the gardens for an unbeatable photo op w/ both the Opera House and the Darling Harbour Bridge in the shot.
The Botanic Gardens are situated overlooking Farm Cove, east of the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and Macquarie Street. The Botanic Gardens were founded on this site by Governor Macquarie in 1816 as part of the Governor’s Domain.
The Botanic Gardens has ponds, flora, fauna, birds, reptiles, flying foxes, statues and benches. It's a great place to sit and relax on a nice sunny day with a picnic, people watch from a bench, explore the gardens or take a leisurely stroll. We found oursleves here many times enjoying the interesting trees and wildlife of the gardens and taking a romantic stroll along the waters edge.
I kept going back even though I was only in Sydney for 5 days. The grounds are very well kept and the landscape is wonderful. But that was not the main attraction for me--it was the bird life and bats. It is very deserving of a stroll and if you find it as fascinating as I did, you may just find yourself heading back to see more.
Just around the bay from the Opera House is The Sydney Botanical gardens..such a huge gardened area in the centre of the city..wheather you are walking from the Opera House or from Hyde Park the Botanical gardens is not more than a few minutes away..There are plants, flowers and trees from all over the world here to look at and enjoy..beautiful manicured gardens with all types of flowers..and quite frankly a photographers joy..Join the many locals that just lay on the manicured lawns under huge trees in the shade on a hot Sydney summers day..Take in the peace and quietness of being in the heart of the city..while enjoying the fragrances of the miriad of wild flowers and rows of garden flowers around you..You will see many different birds here also attracted by the various trees and nectars...everybody that has enjoyed the sight of the Sydney Botanical Gardens always talks of the experience..
Located behind the Opera house the Botanic Gardens & Domain was a fantastic treat! With great views of the Opera House and a jogging path this park is a wonderful location to just explore and get lost in.
The gardens are jammed packed with rare and exotic plants and flowers. Some of the more rarer plants can be found behind metal fences to keep individuals from stealing them. The "Wollemi Pine" is one of the most protected and endangered of the trees found here in the garden. In 1994 one Wollemi Pine was discovered in the Blue Mountain range after being thought extint. You can find a few of the Wollemi Pines planted in the garden. The first tree was grown from a seedling.
There is so much to see and do in the Gardens. You can have a picnic on one of the many lawns. Throughtout the gardens you will find signs encouraging you "touch trees and step on the grass".
The Royal Botanic Gardens, which are just a short walk around the water's edge from the Sydney Opera House, is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful settings you will see anywhere, with the gardens filling an area of land between the harbour and the eastern part of the central business district. The gardens sit on the side of an undulating piece of land and the harbour views from up on the hill are superb. There are large trees with a wonderful shade canvas and this makes the best spot imaginable to stop and have lunch - sitting on the grass and taking in the harbour views.
A walkway skirts around the harbourfront at the lower part of the gardens and is popular for lunchtime walks or jogs. The gardens have more than one million specimens and there is even a hop-on hop-off "train" for the less energetic.
The gardens are an excellent place to escape
Located on the coast between Woollomooloo harbour and the Opera House, the Botanical gardens are my favourite place in Sydney.
Its just a great big garden to walk around, to sit under a tree and have a nap, to read a big, or just to watch the world go by. Has some cracking views accross the harbour and Opera House.
You can do a tour of the gardens on an electrc train for $10, bu its more fun just to wander round the place yourself.
Look up in the trees and you can see hoardes of bats sleeping, waiting for the night.
Go and spend and afternoon chiling out here- guarentee that you will love it.
See the cockatoos! They fly free in the gardens, and if they believe there's a chance of getting food from you, they'll even land on your shoulder (or head, as happened to me). Don't worry, they're gentle. Even if birds aren't your thing, the Gardens are worth a walk-through. Very beautiful landscape, with small placards illustrating indigineous Australian plants and wildlife.
Located in the heart of Sydney, the Botanical Gardens are a nice place to relax during a hard day of sightseeing! Go jogging or just look at the beautiful flowers and the large fountain. Make sure to enter at the Palace Garden Gates, which are beautiful and bring you right to the Fountain of Neptune!
November-February: 7 am–8 pm
March & October: 7 am–6.30 pm
April & September: 7 am–6 pm
May & August: 7 am–5.30 pm
June & July: 7 am–5 pm
This huge tree found at the Royal Botanic Garden must have been rooted here for a very long time.
The tree is very healthy as there are many green leaves and the branches are very thick.
It will provide a very good shade for a picnic under this tree.
Visit the botanical gardens. The views over the harbour from there are very good and the vast assortment of flowers is unbelievable.
The Royal Botanic garden is in a superb position in the city at the waters edge. It is about 75 acres of pathways through shrubbery, which was established in 1816. This makes it the oldest scientific institution in Australia. It is on the site of the first farm of the new colony and it houses an amazing collection of plants from both Australia and abroad. In the National Herbarium of New South Wales are exhibitions of the plant specimens collected by Joseph Banks when he was a member of Captain Cooks voyage along the east coast of Australia in 1770.
The Domain is an open grassy space that was originally set aside for the personal use of the colony’s first governor. Joggers, footballers, people picnicking and sunbathers use it today. In January there are also outdoor concerts given in the Domain.
While in Sydney take time out to wander through the Royal Botanic Gardens. We were on our way to the Opera House (walking of course) when we realised we could detour off Macquarrie St and see something other than pavements and buildings.
Pick up a free map at one of the entrances to be guided to the different areas of the gardens.
We checked out the Tropical Centre. There was a display of carnivorous plants and orchids, for a fee.
The Botanical Gardens are one of my favourite places in Sydney. They were established in 1816 and stretch along the water from the Opera House to Lady Macquarie's Chair.
The gardens are especially nice in spring when the Jacaranda trees are in full blossom. It's also a place where you can spot cockatoos.