Gardens and parks in Sydney

Highlights

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.

  • Jacarandas in Spring bloom, Sydney
  • Sydney Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

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. You can also explore a famous children’s author’s enchanting garden. 

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.

Sunset at the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge from the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

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.

Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden - Sydney North

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 ferry across the harbour to Neutral Bay and Nutcote, the charming home and garden of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie author and illustrator May Gibbs. Wendy's Secret Garden, a secluded oasis in nearby Lavendar Bay, is another living artwork that offers tranquility, winding pathways, views and lovely picnic spots.

For a delightful daytrip take a train or rivercat to Parramatta for Parramatta Park, a beautiful family park and World Heritage-listed convict site. 

  1. Bonza Bike Tours

    If you are looking for a fun way to see the Sydney sights, learn about the history of Sydney, ride through historic neighbourhoods, and take in harbour views, then you have come to the right place - Bonza Bike Tours!...

  2. Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

    Everyone needs a secret garden in their life and you’re invited to visit Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden, a public garden and much loved oasis in the heart of Sydney.Located a short walk over the Sydney...

  3. Macarthur Park

    Macarthur Park was opened in 1906 and has a number of different areas including a heritage rose garden, the wisteria walk, the Cenotaph honouring World War One soldiers, and a shelter built in 1913 in memory of Mrs...

  4. Botanic Gardens Restaurant

    The picturesque Botanic Gardens Restaurant is an enchanting venue offering open-air dining in exquisite garden surrounds. The original 19th Century facade is paired with a sleek modern interior, wide wisteria-draped...

  5. Birds Australia Discovery Centre

    Located next to the Newington Nature Reserve in the heritage precinct Newington Armory, the Birds Australia Discovery Centre is open to the public and provides regular tours, an extensive bird book library, education...

  6. Centennial Parklands

    Located moments from the CBD and easily accessible by car or public transport, Centennial Parklands is a must see location in Sydney. Made up of three major urban parks covering 360 hectares, the Parklands are...

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