Botanical Gardens, Sydney

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    Botanical gardens

    by mallyak Updated Aug 28, 2007

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    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

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    Royal Botanic Gardens and the Domain

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jun 10, 2008

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    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".

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    Botanical Gardens

    by RedEaredPanda Updated Sep 8, 2005

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    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 the noise of the city and are situated quite close to some of the major city hotels around Hyde Park. They open daily at 6.30am and close at sunset. Entry to the gardens is free.

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    Royal Botanical Garden

    by ATXtraveler Written May 7, 2005

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    Sydney Royal Botanical Garden

    If you are looking for a little exercise or a nice leisurely stroll near the harbour, I would recommend taking a walk through Sydney's Royal Botanical Garden. Located just a little south of the Opera House and along the harbour from downtown, the garden is the home to many beautiful species of plant. It also seemed to be a great place to hang out and read a book, or throw a frisbee. From here you can walk to many different vantage points of the Southern portion of the harbour and there are plenty of seats to sit down in case your legs get weary!

    November-February: 7 am to 8 pm
    March and October: 7 am to 6.30 pm
    April and September: 7 am to 6 pm
    May and August: 7 am to 5.30 pm
    June and July: 7 am to 5 pm
    Entry is free, except for the Tropical Centre (open daily 10 am to 4 pm) where an entry fee is charged.

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    Royal Botanical Gardens

    by bijo69 Written Mar 27, 2006

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    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.

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    Enjoy a walk through the Domain and Botanic Garden

    by AmazingAdventures Written Apr 5, 2005

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    Take a walk thru Sydney's Domain

    Practically next to the Opera House is The Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens. This a beautiful walk around the harbour to enjoy the view, and to mix with tourists and locals.

    The wonderful walkway around the foreshore (from the Opera House, over to the famous Mrs. MacQuaries Chair and extending over to Wooloomooloo is a great way to spend a day or even half a day. Take a friend or bring the whole family. Enjoy the beauty and history of this piece of land. Have a picnic, enjoy having a walk, take in the scenery and snap a few photos along the way. Some of the best views of the Opera House and Bridge can be found from these vantage points.

    Who knows, you might even see Russell Crowe taking a walk with his family through the park.......

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    Step 3 : Royal Botanical Gardens

    by Maximilian21 Updated Mar 13, 2005

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    After the domain is right next the the Royal Botanical gardens. The gardens are world famous and are truly lovely. Its a real pleasure to have a picnic in the gardens and enjoy the casual sydney way of life.
    On my tour i usually make my way around the Gradens permimeter and come to show of the hourbour. From here i follow the path around until i come to the Sydney Opera house. The walk if taken at a slow pace should take you about half an hour. You will be given many wonderful photo opportunities and pass such spots as "lady macquaries chair" amongst many other beautiful spots in our harbour.

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    ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL BOTANICAL GARDENS

    by DennyP Written Feb 2, 2009

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    ONE OF MANY WONDERFULLY DIFFERENT TREES
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    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..

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    Royal Botanic Gardens

    by martin_nl Updated Nov 28, 2003

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    Rainbow Lorikeet in the Royal Botanic Gardens

    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.

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    ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS

    by aussiejen Updated Apr 23, 2006

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    HOW BIG IS THIS LEAF?
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    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.

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    Botanical Garden Walk

    by LadyRVG Updated Jul 29, 2009

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    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.

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    Step 10: Royal Botanical Gradens ,again

    by Maximilian21 Written Mar 13, 2005

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    On my way back i spend some more time in the Botanical gardens ,this time spending some time in the bird santurary and observing some of the rare plants thats are found there.
    The gardens also plays home to a massive array flying foxes and other birds

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    Royal Botanical Gardens

    by dracko Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The botanical gardens are a must visit if you're in Sydney. They're fairly extensive, and house numerous collections of flora from all over the world. The gardens are also very beautifully landscaped, with lots of cozy paths, ponds, islands, and streams criss-crossing
    every which way. You can easily spend hours exploring the grounds, looking at exotic plant (and even animal) species, including counting the large, yet very vegetarian, fruit bats resting in some of the trees above you.

    The gardens are also home to the Government House, a beautiful Gothic building which in the past used to be home to the Governor, and which is still occasionally used today for some events by the Governor. It is accessible to the public at other times, and I believe there is even a free tour that you can go on.

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    Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens.

    by linnyloo Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Mom and brother at the gardens.

    The Royal Botanic Gardens is an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city.
    On the shores of Sydney Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens occupy one of Sydney's most spectacular positions.
    Established in 1816, it is the oldest scientific institution in the country and is home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas.

    Apart from regular walking tours, you can save your legs, if you are a busy tourist by using the trackless train around the gardens, which operates between the Botanic Gardens Cafe and the Queen Elizabeth II Gate near the Sydney Opera House. Daily (weather permitting) every 20 minutes.

    If you have time, have a picnic. Its great fun!

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    Royal Botanic Gardens

    by Mez77 Written Sep 15, 2003

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    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.

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