Springtime at the Royal Botanic Gardens

Royal Botanic Garden view from Mrs Macquaries Point

Head up to the upper levels of the Royal Botanic Garden for unmissable views across Sydney Harbour 

The Royal Botanic Gardens is truly one of Sydney’s star attractions.

I love coming here anytime of the year, but I have to admit that Spring time is an especially special time in the garden. It really is a place of beauty in the springtime.

Sunshine, flowerd galore, birds and the beautiful flowering jacarandas.

Here’s what’s on offer at the Royal Botanic Gardens this spring.

1. Wildflowers and Flowering Jacarandas

Royal Botanic Garden wildflowers

You can walk through the wildflower display

Spring is a time of mass flower plantings throughout the garden. Visitors will enjoy beautiful wildflower gardens, flowering jacaranda trees (although there are unfortunately no mass plantings of the jacarandas) as well as blooming azaleas and a tonne of other flowers spread right across the garden.

Make sure not to miss the Spring Walk which is set along the Macquarie Wall. This 5 minute walk is curated each year to represent an English Garden. This year the walk features a beautiful range of plants include buttercups, wisteria, rhododendron, pansys and watsonia.

The beautiful and historic jacarandas flower during October and November each year

2. Spectacular views from the Promenade Walk

Royal Botanic Garden Promenade Walk

You’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views during the promenade walk

Walking along the promenade at the Royal Botanic Gardens is a must do.

This easy, paved walk will take you from the Sydney Opera House to Mrs Macquaries Point. It is easily traversed on foot or in a wheelchair or with a pram. From the Opera House to Mrs Macquarie’s Point it it probably around a 15 to 20 minute walk.

The walk is extremely popular with lunch time runners and locals, and when you see the views you can understand why!

3. Tranquility at Mrs Macquarie’s Point

Mrs Macquaries Point

Make sure to stop and enjoy the views from Mrs Macquaries Point

Mrs Macquarie’s Point is technically not in the Botanic Gardens, but it sits right next to it and while you are in the area you must stop by here.

The point was named in 1810 after Governor Macquarie’s wife, Elizabeth. She wanted a seat to sit on to view the harbour. The sandstone chair still remains today and you can have a go at sitting on it too.

There are also some great spots to sit and enjoy the view under the shady, and beautiful, Morton Bay Fig trees.

Hang out with a Giant Koala

Royal Botanic Garden Giant Koala Halloween

So cool seeing the koala dressed up for Halloween

Not to be missed, even just for the photo opportunity, is the giant topiary koala.

Normally this guy is just green, but right now he is dressed to Halloween impress! Visit soon to see him in his costume, or pop by anytime just for a visit and a happy snap.

Spot the Hello Koalas 

Hello Koalas at the Royal Botanic Garden

The Hello Koala sculptures aim to raise awareness of our endangered koalas

As a special spring treat this year, the beautiful Hello Koalas, that hail from Port Macquarie, will be featured in the garden from October 4 to November 30.

Kids and adults alike will love spotting the Koalas scattered around the garden – and at the same time these cute critters are raising awareness of our endangered Koalas.

Enjoy a free tour

Royal Botanic Garden Tours

Visitors from all over the world enjoy the free tour each and every day 

I think its pretty awesome that the Royal Botanic Garden offers free guided tours of the garden, every day! To get on one of these tours all you need to do is report in to the Garden Shop. Tours run daily at 10.30am to 12.00pm, and Monday to Friday at 1.00pm to 2.00pm.

Visit the Themed Gardens

Royal Botanic Garden Succulent Garden

The succulent garden is a personal favourite 

The Royal Botanic Garden is home to some spectacular themed gardens. My personal favourites are the Succulent Garden, Veggie patch and the Herb Garden.

But Visitors can also enjoy The Fernery, Rose Garden, Tropical Garden and many more. Check your map before you head off if you have somewhere you want to explore, or just take the whimsical path and enjoy all you come across.

Sculptured and free range, gardens come in all shapes and sizes

Picnic by the Pond

Royal Botanic Garden Pond

The  Main Pond is a tranquil spot to relax in the cool and enjoy a picnic lunch

There are two interconnected ponds at the Royal Botanic Garden. The Main Pond and The Lotus Pond. Both are relaxing spots to enjoy some chill time.

They are shaded and cool, plus you will have the opportunity to see a range of bird life.

Visit the Calyx

The Calyx Cafe

Plants with Bite is on at the Calyx until winter 2020

I really love The Calyx. I think the building is really gorgeous, plus the Plants with Bite exhibition is so interesting. It features carnivorous plants of all types and varieties, displayed vertically and horizontally. Just beautiful.

The Plants with Bite exhibition makes carnivorous plants beautiful

Top Tips

  • Stop by the Visitors Centre or the information booth at the Domain Entrance to grab a map
  • Or download a map before you go
  • The garden is big! So wear comfortable shoes and bring drinking water
  • There is a cafe on-site but also lots of great spots for a picnic so bring a rug and some food and enjoy the views

More Information

Address: Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: Free
More info: rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

More Fun and Free Things to Do

The gardens are located right in the hub of some of the most amazing (free) things to do in Sydney. Make sure to check out the Opera House, The Art Gallery of NSW and please drop by Customs House to see a super cool underfloor scale model of Sydney City.

You might also want to check out the Top 25 Free Things to do Sydney’s CBD.

 

 

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