Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens

Everywhere I go people talk about these “Botanical Gardens.” I’ve never visited one since I usually don’t have a ton of time in a city and frankly, I suffer from a bit of PTSD after a tour in Hawaii with a guide who was an amateur botanist.  But I had some time on a beautiful morning in Sydney and heard it was nice there.

The view from Government House

I was there for the opening of the day and had some trouble finding it. How the heck would I know that it’s really just like a park.  I was looking for flowers!  Actually, I didn’t have that much trouble finding it, I had trouble realizing that I was in it.

Government House

But once I realized I was there, it was quite lovely and serene.  No, there weren’t that many flowers, and it was essentially a park, it had a nice setting.  It’s situated along the water in Sydney with great views of the Downtown Seattle, the Opera House, and Harbor Bridge.

View of Harbor Bridge and the Opera House

Within the grounds there is Government House, which was closed during my visit, but did offer a great garden area.  If you’re not much of a walker, there is a tour you can take from the entrance near Sydney Opera House that was just a few dollars and will tell you some of the history of the gardens

If someone wants to run or walk while on vacation, or just have a relaxing day in a nice setting with a great  view, the Sydney Botanical Gardens would be a great stop in Sydney.

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