The Royal Botanic Gardens
- Type: Parks and Gardens
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Founded in 1816, the 74-acre Royal Botanic Gardens abound with bright and colorful flora and fauna. The park is broken into 18 different areas that range from the Succulent Garden (a desert environment) to the popular Tropical Centre (a greenhouse filled with tropical flora). One area—the Palace Rose Garden—is so beautiful that marriage ceremonies often take place there.
One TripAdvisor user advises visitors to the Royal Botanic Gardens to: "Watch out for the birds ... they landed on the tables around us, knocking over coffee cups and stealing peoples [sandwiches] ... the kids loved it." Another TripAdvisor user describes it as "an aromatic, beautiful place" and recommends reading underneath the shade of an oak tree.
The Royal Botanic Gardens are free to visit, though the Tropical Centre and occasional special events will charge a small fee of $5.50 AUD (roughly the same in USD) for adults. You'll find the gardens along Sydney Harbour, curling around Farm Cove. The gardens are open every day of the year but have varying hours. Still, they're guaranteed to be open between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, visit the website.