Botanical Gardens, Sydney
Climb up these steps from the Circular Quay and find yourself at the entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens. In addition to being a pleasant place to sit and relax, the view onto Circular Quay and the Opera House from above is excellent.
These gardens stretch from the Opera house around Farm Cove and up into the city. They are lovely to walk around, giving lovely views across to the Opera house and the Harbour Bridge and towards the city. There are also plenty of things to see in the Gardens, with Parrots, Cockatoos, Fruit Bats, Kookaburras and Great White Ibis. At lunchtime you can chill out while workers spend their lunchbreak jogging around the track. We also saw 2 weddings in the grounds.
This was one of my favourite places (I like nature)
The Botanic Gardens- established in 1816.
You can take a free guided walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens. You will see the most beautiful parrots flying freely around.
The tours starts at 10:30 (except public holidays) departing from the visitor Information area near the gardens shop
The Botanic Gardens are open from 07:00 to sunset.
A free detailed map of these walks is available from the Sydney Visitor Centre, 106 George Street, The Rocks (Open daily 09:00-18:00)
The Royal Botanic Gardens in my opinion is one of the main sights in Sydney. The gardens are beautiful and very varied. You can walk to a sort of rain forest vegetation, huge gardens with big green carpets and there are many animals to be found. Some of the animals I saw were bats, cockatoos and the Rainbow Lorikeet. You can see one of these parrots on the picture right in between the three red flowers from the Bottlebrush bush. In the gardens you can also see the Government House.
The Royal Botanic Gardens are a short walk around the water's edge from the Sydney Opera House. The gradens are located between the harbour and the CBD.
There are great harbour views from up on the hill . There are large beautiful trees amongst the lush grass and it's a great place to grab a book and enjoy a sunny day.
They open daily at 6.30am and close at sunset. Entry to the gardens is free.
There is a "hop on hop off" trackless train you can ride to tour the Gardens, or you can just take a walk through them. Open daily at 6.30am, and closes at sunset. Entry is free. While visiting the Botanic Gardens, you should visit the pyramid shaped Tropical Centre, which houses tropical ecosystems in miniature. The Tropical Centre is open daily 10am to 5pm October to March, and 10am to 4pm April to September.
The Sydney Botanical Gardens are a must. And I'm saying this even though I'm not a garden type of guy -- in fact, I only recognize a few typres of plants (grass, pine, palm, weed, artifical, plants whose leaves I need to rake, etc.) whereas my wife believes that there are literaly thousands of types of plants! So while she was busy touching, feeling and, yes, even tasting, various green living organisms, I was appreciating everything else. The botanical gardens offer great views of the Opera House and Harbor Bridge, along with excellent running trails, stunning birdlife and great people-watching. For the best photos, I recommend visiting in the morning to catch the sun hitting the Opera And then it won't be too hot to just sit in the soft grass and relax. But, if you must ignore me, come after dark, when outdoor films are shown with the Harbour as a backdrop.
Royal Botanic Gardens
This Botanical Garden located on more then 30 hectares offers an outstanding botanical and horticultural collection. Our experience to the Royal Botanical Gardens was outstanding and one of our best memories of Sydney. Be sure not to miss the Palm Grove in the heart of the Garden and the view from the Gardens of the Opera House are not to be missed.
Just South of the Opera House, this is a great free park to get away from the otherwise bustle of Sydney. The free park also houses the government house, the official residence of the NSW governor.
This fellow was basking in the sun, i almost walked right past him. A typical Australian sized lizzard i am told.
Picture 2 was taken in the cactus garden.
The Royal Botanic Garden is a must visit to see the beautiful scenery around this park.
We were greeted by the bats.
There is an amazing big tree in the middle of the garden.
There is a small train which takes you on a tour of the gardens or you can just take a wander around. Look up into the trees and you should see hundreds of fruit bats.
The royal botantical gardens are absolutely spectacular. They are near the harbor, so they're a good place to go if you want some downtime.