Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney ~ Australia Travel
RBG in heart of The Domain parkland in Sydney
In The Domain, in downtown Sydney: A summer's Saturday or any fine day is a great time to explore Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG). Even if you are not a gardener, you're sure to enjoy the serene setting in The Domain, with wonderful views of the Sydney, Australia harbour.
It's a hop, skip and jump to the Sydney Opera House. There are several places to stop for a snack or a meal. Walking, tree hugging, smelling the roses, etc are free.
Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney Oldest in Australia
Established nearly 200 years ago (1816), the RBG is the site of Australia's first farm; thankfully, the RBG enjoys much more success than its predecessor.
The Royal Botanic Gardens are open daily, though hours vary a bit from day to day and month to month.
But basically, if you visit between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. most days, you won't be disappointed.
Some exhibits have an entry fee, and sometimes parts are closed for private events.
Cockatoos at home in Royal Botanic Gardens
I love to watch the cockatoos that have made their home in Royal Botanic Gardens, so I stopped to watch this visitor feeding them.
If you are here in late afternoon or early evening, you may hear them flying home to roost for the night.
The cockatoos have their own page on Facebook:
See Cockatoo Wingtags for more info.
HBSC Oriental Garden in RBG Sydney Australia
The Oriental Garden with plants from Asia is part of the RBG; HSBC contribution is marked in this sign.
Another goodwill garden is near Darling Harbour: See Chinese Garden.
The New South Wales Herbarium and the Tropical Centre are also located in the RBG.
Note that other than disabled access, only foot traffic is allowed in the Gardens.
That means no rollerblades, cyclists, scooters, etc. mar the tranquil setting.
Lotus Blossoms in Oriental Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
These lotus blossoms were just so gorgeous, I had to take their picture!
On previous visits to the Gardens, I'd taken many photos of plants and trees.
This trip, I limited myself to these stunning blooms.What's in bloom at any given time is, of course, going to vary a lot. But the setting alone makes the RBG a great place to spend some time at any time of the year.