World Reviewer rating

Not yet rated

Sydney's Botanical Gardens and The Domain

Listed under Parks in Sydney, Australia.

  • Photo of Sydney's Botanical Gardens and The Domain
  • Photo of Sydney's Botanical Gardens and The Domain
Photo of Sydney's Botanical Gardens and The Domain
Photo by flickr user aussiegall
Pin It

Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens will be more familiar to you when I tell you it’s the big park on the bay behind the Opera House. Most visitors to Sydney will take a stroll past the House beside the ancient looking sandstone wall that marks the edge of the harbour and admire the old sprawling Moreton Bay Figs which have roots that grow down from their branches to help them spread outwards, and hear and smell the flying foxes, locals call them fruit bats, who have colonised the park.

The bats cover the trees like odd tear drop fruits by day but in the evenings their chattering fills the air and when they begin to take off for the night it’s like a scene from a horror film, legions of bats flapping their wings and flying in a flock.

A botanical garden in more than name there are interesting collections of species here, displayed in green houses, herbariums and a huge glass pyramid.

Outdoor spaces are better than indoor ones in the Sydney summer and an outdoor cinema, theatre and a performance space are added to the gardens attraction in the summer.

Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?

Who's been here

No travelers have told us they have been here. Have you?

Similar Experiences

  • Bosque de Chapultepec Park

    This is a bit more than your average city park, the forest here is ancient, ancient, and it's been a sacred place for both the …

  • Golden Gate Park

    Although less well-known than New York City’s Central Park on the Eastern coast, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is much bigge…

  • Hyde Park

    Hyde Park is a fenced-in bit of green calm in the centre of manic London. While many private gardens and squares are out of bo…

Nearby Experiences

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales

    This building is in the style of great galleries in other cities – neo-Greek, large and pillared, with the names of greats of t…

  • The Rocks

    Right by Circular Quay, The Rocks area was part of the first Sydney settlement and is now a tourist mecca full of shops selling…

  • Lady Macquarie's Chair

    This 'chair' was carved into the rocks of Sydney's Domain for Elizabeth Macquaire, wife of one of the first Governors of New So…

Related links

Contribute to this page