The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Sydney’s green lung is found in the form of the Royal Botanic Gardens, located right in the heart of the city close to the Sydney Opera House. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, surround yourself with abundant flora and fauna and relax on manicured green lawns then you’ve come to the right place.


The gardens were first opened in 1816 by Governor Macquarie, making them well over 200 years old and the oldest gardens in the country. Not only do they provide a green space for the city, but the gardens are also listed as a scientific institution, and the gardens have acted as a laboratory for plant studies and documentation throughout the decades.

Where to Go

The gardens are split into different areas, and there’s a whole host of things to see and activities to enjoy here. To view the finest collection of palm trees in the country head to the Palm Grove, to unearth the gardens Aboriginal side take a guided bush walk and for a bite to eat or refreshment make sure you swing by The Calyx, a food and shopping complex within the park.