Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney
The Royal Botanic Gardens, which are just a short walk around the water’s edge from the Sydney Opera House is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful settings you will see anywhere, with the gardens filling an area of land between the harbour and the eastern part of the central business district.
Established in 1816, Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens are Australias oldest scientific institution with plant collections of more than 7500 species. It is also the site of Australias first farm. By the way, this field of flowers reminds me of a place back in Nara, the Kansai region of Japan.
Just south of Sydney Harbour, roughly southeast of the Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens is a sprawling 30 hectares of green space next to the Sydney central business district, and contiguous to the 35 hectares of Sydneys Domain.
The gardens sit on the side of an undulating piece of land and the harbour views from up on the hill are superb. There are large trees with a wonderful shade canvas and this makes the best spot imaginable to stop and have lunch – sitting on the grass and taking in the harbour views.
A walkway skirts around the harbour front at the lower part of the gardens and is popular for lunchtime walks or jogs. The gardens have more than one million specimens and there is even a hop-on hop-off “tram” for the less energetic.
There are other paths, of course, and they crisscross one another like the lines on ones hand leading, variously, to two sets of ponds, a visitors center and gardens shop, restaurants and kiosks, garden sculptures, and a number of horticultural areas.
The Royal Botanical Gardens is also a great site for long walks along the curve of Farm Cove, from the Man of War Jetty close to the Sydney Opera House to Mrs Macquaries Point in the east, then down to the Domain to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
For a relaxing day in the city why not take a stroll around Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Entry to the gardens is free anyway!
The gardens are open every day of the year with a few exceptions for special events where tickets may be required.
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