Royal Botanic Gardens Tavel Guide

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  • Royal Botanic Gardens Tavel Guide

The Royal Botanic Gardens is the most central of the three major botanical gardens open to the public in Sydney. Situated east of the Sydney Opera House, and overlooking Farm Cove, and are bordered by: the Cahill Expressway to the south and west, Art Gallery road to the east, and Sydney Harbour to the north. The Botanic Gardens is thus the oldest scientific institution in Australia and, from the earliest days, has played a major role in the acclimatisation of plants from other regions.

The gardens occupy 30 hectares in area, open every day of the year, and access is free. Its include the Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, the Tropical Centre glasshouses, the Rose Garden, the Fernery, the Herb Garden, and the Oriental Garde. The gardens were founded on this site by Governor Macquarie in 1816 as part of the Governor's Domain. Australia's long history of collection and study of plants began with the appointment of the first Colonial Botanist, Charles Fraser, in 1817. In 1879 a substantial area of the Domain, south of the Government House stables, was taken for the building of the Garden Exhibition Palace. The International Exhibition held in the Palace attracted over one million visitors. However, the building was destroyed by fire in 1882 and the land, now known as the Palace Garden, was added to the Botanic Gardens.

The Royal Botanic Gardens offers a variety of guided tours, you can learn more infomations at the Visitor Centre.