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Royal Botanic Garden and The Domain Tours

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Royal Botanic Garden and The Domain
Stretching along the coast of Sydney Harbour against a backdrop of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden and neighboring park, The Domain, offer spectacular views and beautiful scenery. This inner-city oasis boasts exotic plants, a tropical rain forest, woodland, flowers, and rare horticultural exhibits.
 
The Basics
Many Sydney sightseeing tours feature a stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden, including the popular spot called Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, a lookout point with views across Sydney Harbour. Full-day tours also visit downtown attractions such as The Rocks and Parliament House, as well as coastal sights like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Some tours also include a cruise around Sydney Harbour. For independent travelers, there are hop-on hop-off bus and boat tours.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is no admission fee for the gardens.
  • Visitor facilities in the gardens include restrooms, a garden shop, and a number of cafés and restaurants.
  • The Choo Choo Express tourist train runs around the gardens, with regular departures from outside the Queen Elizabeth II gate near the Sydney Opera House.
  • The Royal Botanic Garden are wheelchair accessible, and accessible parking and restrooms are available.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available.
 
How to Get to There
The Royal Botanic Garden flanks Macquarie Street in the city center, on the eastern edge of Sydney Cove. The gardens are well served by public transportation, with the Martin Place train station and Circular Quay buses and ferries just a short walk away. The main gates leading into the gardens are close to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Government House.
 
When to Get There
The gardens are open daily, although opening times vary throughout the year. Each season brings its own unique colors, but springtime is particularly beautiful with the flower gardens in full bloom. Summer is also a popular time to visit, with a number of events and temporary exhibitions held in the park. The gardens are also a popular spot to watch Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks.
 
Plants and Wildlife at the Royal Botanic Garden
The gardens offer numerous leafy walkways and harbor lookouts, including Mrs. Macquarie’s Bushland Walk, which leads to the Mrs. Macquarie's Chair viewpoint. Highlights of the gardens include the Aboriginal First Encounters Garden, the Rain Forest Garden, the Palace Rose Garden, and the Succulent Garden. There’s also a camellia garden, palm grove, and herb garden. Wildlife sightings might include exotic birds, reptiles, and insects, as well as possums and flying-foxes.
Address: Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney 2000, Australia
Admission: Gardens admission is free, Tropical Centre admission for adults is AU$3.30
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Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Join a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour by double-decker bus to discover the highlights of Sydney and Bondi Beach. Enjoy unobstructed views and recorded onboard commentary as you travel along two routes to top destinations like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, and Bondi Beach. Go in-depth at any given place by simply hopping off the bus to explore. You can experience Sydney and Bondi's most noteworthy attractions at your own pace with your choice of ticket, valid for either 24 or 48 hours.
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Sydney Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Harbor Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

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Private Luxury Taste of Sydney Gourmet Day Tour

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Private Tour: Sydney City Highlights

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Sydney Harbour Progressive Long Lunch Cruise

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Sydney Sightseeing Bus Tour with Bondi Beach

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Sydney Secrets & Bondi Private 4 Hour Afternoon with 'Personalised Sydney Tours'

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Sydney Secrets & Bondi Beach Private 4 Hr Morning with Personalised Sydney Tours

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SEE SPECTACULAR SYDNEY AND ITS FAMOUS SIGHTS ON A 4 HOUR MORNING TOUR FROM 8AM - 12PM. Pushed for time whilst you're in Sydney? Then this is the perfect tour to see what matters, plus a few local hidden secrets thrown in. Personalised Sydney Tours have flexible itineraries from a relaxed pace to one that packs in every sight. We can take a set route or customise your tour to any interests. We can visit the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Royal Botanic Garden, Woolloomooloo, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Paddington, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay, Bondi Beach and Bronte Beach. Visit the Sydney Harbour National Park for local wildlife, stroll to Hornby Lighthouse at South Head or the Bondi to Coogee Walk. Try a weekend market, art gallery, city winery or micro brewery. Go shopping or try local produce at a beachside restaurant. There's options aplenty. We're a fun Australian business owned by Ben Barry - a tour guide since 2004. Immerse yourself into exciting Sydney.
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Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast

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Enjoy a whale-watching cruise that begins with a breakfast or barbecue lunch onboard the boat while in the calm waters of Sydney Harbour.  After breakfast or lunch, your boat glides past Sydney Head into the Pacific Ocean in search of the humpback and southern right whales that migrate along this coast from May to November. Keep an eye out for whales and dolphins as you learn about them from your naturalist guide, who provides fascinating commentary about Australian marine life during your tour.
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Aboriginal Heritage Tour at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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Private Tour: Sydney at Night

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Vivid 90-Minute Sydney Harbour Catamaran Cruise with BYO Drinks

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The Vivid Sydney Festival is one of the most spectacular events on central Sydney's calendar, and you'll enjoy the show from a prime position on Sydney Harbour. Get away from the crowds on a comfortable luxury motor catamaran, with both indoor and outdoor seating. Sip a complimentary drink while being mesmerized by the colorful light show outside.
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Sydney Shore Excursion: Half-Day Sydney City Highlights with Bondi Beach and Watsons Bay

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Private Luxury Quintessential Sydney Day Tour

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Experience the ultimate private tour of Sydney with you and up to 6 friends in luxury and style with an expert local guide. There is so much to see and experience in this stunning city - don't waste a second, let your guide show you the best of Sydney in a day. Enjoy an intimate day in Sydney with your guide who's full of knowledge, fun and charisma!  No line ups, no well paved tourist paths - experience the magical city of Sydney like a true local. What are you in to? What have you heard about? And what are you dying to see and experience while you're in town? Your guide has a backstage, all-access pass to the city ensuring your day is nothing short of spectacular...and a whole lot of fun!
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  • 8 hours
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Experience Sydney the way only a real Sydneysider can; with a local host. The best way to explore a place is with a friend who lives there, and the CityUnscripted team, will help to pair you with a host who shares your interests. Then you can take it from there to decide how you want to spend your time. Whether you want to find the best hole in the wall coffee shops, get a broad overview of the city, or explore a new neighborhood, you can create the experience you want.
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