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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 Entrance gates to Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney 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 stone entrance gates pictured are on the east side of the RBG, looking towards the towers near Circular Quay where you can take the ferry to Manly.

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.
See RBG site for information.

Cockatoos at home in Royal Botanic GardensVisitor feeding cockatoos at Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney Australia.

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.

Cockatoos may be noisy beggars, but I still get a thrill from seeing them in the wild, here and in Leura in the Blue Mountains or in north of Sydney, in Port Stephens.

This day, I'd walked from the Pensione Hotel near Town Hall east along Park Street through Hyde Park to The Domain (see googlemap for orientation).

HBSC Oriental Garden in RBG Sydney Australia The HSBC Oriental Garden Royal Botanic Gardens, 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 Gorgeous pink open lotus blossoms at Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney Australia.

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.

If you are traveling to Sydney see tips for Budget meals in Sydney; What to Pack for a trip to Australia, and Fireworks New Years Eve.