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Enjoy a free tour of the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden, on the edge of one of the great natural harbours in the world and near the iconic Sydney Opera House. In Hyde Park, stroll under a canopy of fig trees to the Archibald Fountain and visit the Pool of Reflection and the ANZAC Memorial.
Sydney's natural attractions
Relax in beautiful gardens by the sparkling blue Sydney Harbour and enjoy picnics in tranquil green oases. There are parklands perfect for cycling and horseriding and stroll in a pretty park with World Heritage-listed convict sites.
The Royal Botanic Garden is in a spectacular harbour setting, next to the Sydney Opera House. There are free guided walks, daily at 10.30am, except public holidays, and at 1pm on weekends. Reserve a place on the fascinating Aboriginal Heritage Tour and see captivating exhibitions in the Calyx.
Hyde Park is a short walk from the garden. Take the Morshead Fountain Gate exit from the garden for Macquarie Street and the grand Mitchell Library, NSW Parliament House, The Mint and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed convict site across the road from Hyde Park.
The Archibald Fountain is a striking attraction in Hyde Park, which is right next to the city centre shopping precinct. Stroll under a canopy of fig trees to the southern section of Hyde Park for the tree-lined Pool of Reflection and the ANZAC Memorial – inside is the bronze sculpture Sacrifice.
You’ll find many more gardens and parks to enjoy in Sydney. Centennial Parklands in Sydney’s east is popular for picnics, cycling and horseriding. The Chinese Garden of Friendship is perfect solitude in Darling Harbour and Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney’s west is great for outdoor activities and sports.
Take a train or rivercat to Parramatta for Parramatta Park, a delightful family park and a World Heritage-listed convict site. You can also explore a famous children’s author’s enchanting garden. Take a ferry across the harbour to Neutral Bay and Nutcote, the charming home and garden of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie author and illustrator May Gibbs.