Fifteen Sydney Garden’s to visit this weekend

Sydney is a city blessed with some beautiful – and FREE – gardens. I love visiting gardens as they make a great day out with lots to see and often other activities such as walks, animals and views.

Here’s my list of the best gardens in Sydney to visit…..,.

1. The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Sydney Gardens to visit

A beautiful Sydney garden right on the harbour

The apple in Sydney’s eye the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is a beautiful harbour-side garden that comes with amazing views and some pretty special gardens. Located in the Sydney Central Business District, the Royal Botanic Garden includes themed gardens, ponds and fantastic picnic spots. Visit Government House and drop by The Calyx.

Address: Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000

2. Centennial Park

Centennial Park is beautiful and amazing. Spread across 189 hectares, visitors will be spoilt for choice of activity. Enjoy a picnic, a themed garden, a playground or go for a ride on the cycleway. Be amazed at the wildlife that includes birds (including black swans), turtles, fish and eels.

Address: Grand Drive, Centennial Park, Sydney NSW 2000

3. Auburn Botanic Garden

Auburn Botanic Gardens

The Japanese Garden is beautiful

Auburn Botanic Gardens offer a variety of themed gardens for the garden lover! Enjoy the Japanese Garden, Scented Garden, Australian Garden and Rose Garden. There is also a fauna reserve with native animals.

Entry is FREE during the week and $4.00 per adult on weekends.

Address: Chisholm Road, Auburn NSW 2144

4. The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan

The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan is the largest botanic garden in Australia. Spanning 416 hectares it is huge with a host of things to offer including ponds, a bird hide, kids activities, sculptures and over 2000 species of Australian native plants.

Address: Narellan Road, Mount Annan NSW 2567

5. Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

Ku-rin-gai Wildflower Garden

Wonderful walking paths at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden is surely one of Sydney’s best kept secrets. One of the main attractions of the garden is its spring wildflower display but it also offers walks, a pond, playground and a small visitor centre. The garden is not a formal garden but more a bushland setting featuring native wildflowers and plants. Make sure to look out for the resident wallaby family!

Address: 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives NSW 2075

6. The EG Waterhouse Camellia Gardens

Famous for its camellia’s The EG Waterhouse Camellia Gardens also offers lots more. Enjoy the rose garden, senses garden and the teahouse. Kids will love the playgrounds and duck ponds.

Address: 104 President Avenue, Caringbah South NSW 2229

7. Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden

Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden seating

Enjoy some solitude by the pond

Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden is a peaceful botanical garden located on Sydney’s northern beaches. While at the garden you can view the amazing spring floral displays, have a bbq, wander around the paved walkways or enjoy the kids activities.

Address: 810 Pittwater Road Dee Why NSW 2099

8. Wendy’s Secret Garden

Sydney Gardens Wendys Secret Garden

Garden with a stunning view

A true story of love and passion, Wendy’s Secret Garden is a treasure of a place to visit. Full of whimsy, winding paths and beautiful plants this is a place to come and enjoy a book or quiet lunch. Enjoy the harbour views too.

Address: Access to the Garden can be found via Lavender Street or Clarke Park, Lavender Bay NSW 2060

9. Paddington Reservoir Gardens

Paddington Reservoir Gardens is a fascinating place! Formally a water source for Sydney, the reservoir was recreated into a garden in 2009. Enjoy boardwalks and gardens along with a sunken garden and even a section of preserved graffiti.

Address: 251-255 Oxford Street, Paddington NSW 2021

10. Western Sydney Parklands, Nurragingy Reserve

Western Sydney Parklands

Fantastic Western Sydney garden

Nurragingy Reserve is part of the much bigger Western Sydney Parklands. It features a water park as well as the Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens. There are picnic shelters, wood BBQ’s (wood supplied) and multiple playgrounds.

Address: Entrance via Knox Road, Doonside NSW 2767

11. Swains Gardens Killara

Swain Gardens roses

One of Sydney’s best kept secrets

 Swain Gardens is a petite garden on Sydney’s north shore. It offers some wonderful spots to sit and relax. Full of winding paths and secret walkways this garden is perfect for adults and kids alike. It could be best described as a blend of English garden and Aussie bush land.

Address: 77 Stanhope Road, Killara NSW 2071

12. The Bible Garden Palm Beach

The Bible Garden offers a peaceful place to come and pray or meditate and enjoy its peaceful atmosphere. Visitors will love the views over Barrenjoey Headland.

Address: 6a Mitchell Road, Palm Beach NSW 2108

13. Lisgar Gardens

Sydney Gardens Lisgar Gardens

Perfect spot to relax

Set across three levels Lisgar Gardens are a true oasis in suburbia. The garden is famous for its camellia’s but also offers water features, fish, a pagola and bushwalks.

Address: Lisgar Road, Hornsby NSW 2077

14. Lex and Ruby’s Garden, Cremorne Reserve

Lex and Ruby’s Garden in Cremorne (on Sydney lower north shore) is a testament of a couples love for this beautiful area. The garden grew from a single elephants ear bulb to over a hectare of gardens.

Address: Cremorne Point Reserve (east side of Cremorne Point peninsula, off, Cremorne Rd, Cremorne Point NSW 2090

15. Fagan Park

Fagan Park

One of Sydney’s best parks

Fagan Park is a beautiful park in Sydney’s north west. One of the parks main features is the Garden of Many Nations (which includes gardens from around the world). Visitors will also enjoy two playgrounds, ducks, Netherby Historic Homested and a community garden.

Parking is $5.00 if you park in the car park, or just park on the road and entry is free.

Address: 38-48 Arcadia Road, Galston NSW 2159

Not free but definitely worth a look……

16. Chinese Garden of Friendship

The Chinese Garden of Friendship is not free but with reasonable adult entry prices it is too good to not include! Located in Darling Harbour the garden includes FREE tours, beautiful flowers and plants, waterfalls, lily ponds, trees and pagodas. There is a kids activity to complete and free fish feeding each day.

Address: Pier Street, Darling Harbour NSW, 2000

Where is your favourite garden in Sydney?




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