- Parks and Gardens Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Founded in 1816, the 74-acre Royal Botanic Garden abounds with bright and colorful flora and fauna. The park is broken into multiple areas, including Latitude 23 – an enclosed nursery with orchids, ferns and lilies – and an herb garden. Another popular area is the Palace Rose Garden, which houses nearly 1,800 roses and is a well-known Sydney wedding venue.
According to some previous travelers, a visit to the Royal Botanic Garden provides a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Food from the property's two restaurants and two cafes also receives high praise, especially the Botanic Gardens Café's picnic boxes.
Located along Sydney Harbour within walking distance of the Hyde Park Barracks Museum and Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, the Royal Botanic Garden is free to visit, though special events will typically require an entrance fee. The gardens are open every day of the year but have varying hours depending on the month. Still, they're guaranteed to be open between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. (excluding Christmas Day and Good Friday). In addition to the gardens and eateries, the property also has a gift shop. To get to the Royal Botanic Garden, travelers can walk from the ferry terminal at Circular Quay, take the No. 200 or No. 441 buses or hop a train to the Martin Place station. If you'd rather avoid public transportation, driving to the gardens is another option. (Metered street parking is available on Mrs Macquaries Road and hourly garage parking is offered at Domain Car Park.)
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