Botanical Gardens in Sydney (and surrounds)

Botanic Gardens Sydney

Botanical Gardens in Sydney, The koala at The Royal Botanic Gardens is unmissable

Many of us know about The Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney, but you may not be aware that Sydney is actually blessed with quite a few other Botanical Gardens.

You may have realised by now that I am a bit of an outdoor lover. We are blessed in Sydney and Australia to have so much natural beauty around us and best of all a lot of it is free! Botanic gardens are excellent all full day activities, so pack a picnic and some good walking shoes and get exploring.

Read on to find out about the best Botanical Gardens in Sydney (and surrounds).

1. The Royal Botanic Garden

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

You can’t miss the views across to the Sydney Harbour Bridge at the Royal Botanic Garden

Surely one of the best Botanical Gardens in Sydney and a true Sydney masterpiece, The Royal Botanic Garden is a Sydney must do. Situated right on Sydney Harbour this amazing garden offers views, themed gardens, ponds, walks and amazing picnic spots. Visit Government House, The Calyx and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Entry to the Royal Botanic Gardens is free all year round.

Check out the parks map before heading off to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Address: Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000
Open: 7.00am to 5.00pm with longer opening hours during summer
Entry: Free entry, no parking available
Don’t miss: getting an insta snap with the giant koala
More info:

2. Auburn Botanic Gardens

Auburn Botanic Garden Walkway

Auburn Botanic Garden is a great option with kids

A pure delight the Auburn Botanic Gardens main feature is an amazing Japanese Garden which includes bridges, waterfalls, birdlife and ornamental trees. The botanical gardens in Auburn also feature a rose garden, an Australian Rainforest and a scented garden. Children (and adults) will delight in seeing wallabies, kangaroos and other native wildlife in the Fauna Reserve. There is also a children’s playground. BBQ and picnic facilities are available just outside the gardens.

While you are here make sure you visit the Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio and the Auburn Aviary, both of which are situated across the driveway of the Gardens.

Address: Chisholm Road Auburn NSW 2144
Open: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Entry: Free for residents, $4.00 for non-residents (free during the week)
Don’t miss: seeing the albino wallaby in the Fauna Reserve
More info:

3. Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan

One of the best botanical gardens in Sydney, located in its south west, the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan is a must do in Sydney. The botanical gardens in Mount Annan is actually the largest Botanic Garden in Australia and features a huge amount of great stuff to do.

Whilst here you will be able to enjoy both plant and animal life, as well as lovely picnic areas, playgrounds, bike trails, lakes, walking tracks and sculptures. You are also able to undertake a guided walk.

Address: Narellan Road, Mount Annan NSW 2567
Open: 8.00am – 5.00pm (8.00am – 7.00pm in Summer)
Entry: Free entry
Don’t miss: the amazing paper daisy display in Spring
More info:

4. Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden

Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden seating

A favourite on the Northern Beaches the Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden is a lovely place to spend a few hours. With winding paths, a pond and stream it is tranquil and peaceful. There are great activities for kids and also a plant shop should you need to purchase some native plants. Make sure to look out for the fairy teepee!

Address: 810 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099
Open: 8.00am – 5.00pm
Entry: Free entry
Don’t miss: finding Sydneys only Fairy Teepee
More info:

A bit out of town….

5. Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Truly spectacular the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is home to more than 21,000 plants. The garden is 252 hectares (with 28 hectares open to the public) and is Australia’s highest botanic garden. While at the garden you can enjoy various woodland and forest environments,  picnic spots, viewing platforms, a variety of guided and self-guided walks and tours, a formal garden, rock garden and a bog garden.

Address: Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah NSW 2758
Open:  Monday – Friday: 9.00 am – 5.30 pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm. Closed Christmas Day
Entry: Free entry
Don’t miss: the amazing leaf display in autumn
More info:

6. Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens are set on a 130 hectare parcel of bushland. The gardens feature a themed layout with areas that include acacias, banksias, myrtaceae, grevillias, ferns, bushtucker plants, succulents and palms. There is also an orchid house and a series of easy walking trails. The gardens bushland is also home to many native animals including goannas, wallabies, lizards, brushtail and ringtail possums, sugar gliders, bats, a small group of resident koalas and many birds.

Bring mosquito repellent if visiting the wetlands.

Address: 2100 Pacific Hwy, Heatherbrae NSW 2324
Open: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Don’t miss: the succulent garden
Entry: Free entry

More info:

7. Wollongong Botanic Gardens

A hidden gem of the Illawarra region, the Wollongong Botanic Gardens host a wide variety of gardens for everyone to enjoy. Gardens include a rose garden, succulent garden, rainforest area, bushtucker garden and a woodland garden. There is also an all abilities playground, discovery kitchen and herb garden, glasshouse and Japanese Tea House.

Address: Murphys Avenue, Keiraville NSW Australia
Daylight Saving Hours: Weekdays 7.00am – 6.00pm, Weekends and Public Holidays 7.00am – 6.45pm
Non-Daylight Saving Hours: 7.00am – 5.00pm daily
Public Holidays: The Garden is closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Entry: Free entry
Don’t miss: picking some herbs in the herb garden
More info:

8. Picton Botanic Garden

Take a relaxing break in the Picton Botanic Garden. Enjoy the many walking tracks and cycling trails. Enjoy push button barbecues, wet weather/shade shelters and playground equipment for the kids.

Entry: Free
Don’t miss: The bike ttrack
More info:


Do you know of any other Botanical Gardens in Sydney or its surrounds?

Make sure to check out Sydney’s other amazing gardens.


Share and Follow: