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Australia’s oldest botanic garden

The oldest botanic garden in Australia, the 64 hectares of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney are located in The Domain, adjacent to Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House.

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Displaying some 8,900 different plant species

The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney are visited by over 3.5 million people from Sydney and international visitors each year.

There are 8,900 plant species represented with over 67,000 individual specimens, including some 3,900 trees. The garden focuses on Australian trees and plants but with continual additions to the collection, it can now also be said to be truly international.

The garden herbarium includes samples collected by Joseph Banks from the east coast of Australia during Cook’s voyage of the Endeavour in 1770.

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A relaxing experience in well cared for surrounds 

The gardens form a natural amphitheater that slopes down toward the harbour at Farm Cove.  The gardens are broken down into four major sections with a restaurant, cafe, visitors centre and bookshop located within the centre. There are many features to visit in the gardens including the herbarium, rose garden, an 1885 glass house, pine garden, palm grove, oriental garden and many more.

Take a relaxing walk around the gardens and see the more than 30 different sculpture art works, the large lake and lawned areas.

Sydney Botanical Gardens pond
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Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney flower display
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