The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

If you are a green thumb or just love gardens The Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney is “not to be missed” and it’s free. You can easily venture into the gardens from the city via the Opera House (just follow the harbour foreshore) or enter one of various gates further up off Macquarie Street.

If you don’t have the time or the inclination to do it yourself, we can include a brief tour as part of our Essential Sydney Tour.

Established in 1816, it 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.

Number of plant species in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Domain: 8,900

Number of plant specimens in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Domain: 67,100

Number of trees in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Domain: 3,964

Number of preserved plant specimens in Herbarium of NSW: approx. 1.2 million

Source: The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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