Royal Botanic Gardens and The Domain
Large, landscaped park in the east
Around 3 million people pass through the gates of the Royal Botanic Gardens every year, and just over half of these are international visitors.
The gardens proudly sit in the heart of central Sydney’s cultural district, with art galleries, museums and performing arts spaces a short stroll away. The gardens are among the few destinations that can count the Sydney Opera House as a neighbour!
Located to the east of the city centre, the public space extends from St Mary’s Road, Woolloomooloo to Sydney Harbour. It is easy to immerse yourself in more than 65 hectares of its landscaped beauty. The Royal Botanic Gardens and The Domain are on the state heritage register.
Several immaculately designed and themed gardens make up the area and these are interconnected by a network of paths. Flowers, plants and trees from all over the world are showcased, with an emphasis on Australian and south Pacific greenery.
You have all day to leisurely make your way around the gardens, but if you would like a guide by a friend of the garden, free guided tours take place daily at 10.30am. Guided tours take around 90 minutes.
Adjacent to the gardens is The Domain. The public park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It hosts some of Australia’s most popular events, including Carols in the Domain, the Homebake music festival and the Tropfest short film festival.
Martin Place train station is nearby and Circular Quay is a pleasant walk to the area. You can also catch the 441, 200 or Sydney Explorer bus to the gardens. Car parking is available at the Domain.
Gates for the gardens open from 7am to 8pm in the summer. Please check with the official site for specific times. Cafes and a restaurant can be found within the grounds. The gardens are accessible and entry is free.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Mrs Macquaries Road
Sydney NSW 2000
Last updated: Tuesday, 7 May 2013