Royal Botanic Garden#8 in Best Things To Do in Sydney
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 the Australian Rainforest Garden and the Palm Grove, which is home to the tallest tree in the gardens. Another popular area is the Palace Rose Garden, which houses nearly 1,800 roses and is a well-known Sydney wedding venue. Recent visitors also said the view of the Harbour Bridge is another highlight here.
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.) Visit the official garden website for more information.
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#1 Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge stands next to the Opera House as one of the city's most iconic landmarks. Lovingly called the "Coathanger" by locals, this towering structure is one of the world's largest steel arch bridges. And while you can capture stunning pictures of the bridge from one of Sydney Harbour's ferry boats, for an unforgettable experience, sign up for a bridge climb through BridgeClimb Sydney. Ranging from nearly two to nearly four hours in length, the bridge climb provides visitors with panoramic views of the Harbour, the Sydney skyline and the Opera House.
Although some former visitors complained of the high price tags, many said the bridge climbs are the best way to experience this iconic attraction, calling it a must-do experience. While climbs are offered throughout the day every day, travelers recommend scheduling a climb at twilight, which will give you three different views – daylight, sunset and nighttime – in one. If you're afraid of heights, reviewers still suggest you consider the experience as the staff is well-trained to help you overcome your anxieties.
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