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Royal Botanic Garden
An Unforgettable Tryst With Nature at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
An integral and most fascinating part of Royal Botanic Garden is the Calyx. Your tour of the Garden isn't complete without visiting this amazing section. Termed to be an Art Gallery, the area showcases a beautiful collection of plants and conducts various exhibitions that address environmental and conservation issues in the most creative manner. Its majestic floral display 'Pollination' curated by Royal Botanic Gardens' Horticulture team will give you a unique Horticulture Experience. Emphasizing the importance of color in nature, the gorgeous display showcases a heavenly world with beds of brightly colored orchids, daisies, lilies and gardenias set against the beautiful green wall.
The Daniel Solander Library set up in the year 1852 is the oldest Botanical research Library in Australia. It has a diverse collection of books, journals, botanical illustrations, manuscripts, archaeological artifacts, maps and memorabilia related to botany, Botanical Taxonomy, horticulture, and ecology.
From botanically-themed books to valuable gifts and souvenirs, The Garden Shop at Royal Botanic garden has a great collection inspired from botanical studies. Make some lovely purchases for yourself and your loved ones. Do buy the hundred percent natural unheated honey derived from the beehives at the garden.
If you do not have much time to explore the vast gardens on foot, then take a ride on the Choo Choo Express to enjoy the luxuriant beauty of the Royal Botanic Garden. As the train passes through the different sections of the garden, the volunteer on the train will guide you about its distinct beauty and major features. During the ride, there would be different stoppages where you can disembark and explore the area on your own.
How to Get Tickets?
Access to Royal Botanic Garden is free. You can explore its different sections by taking free tours or there are some paid tours too that you can undertake. Also, the ride on Choo Choo express is paid, hence you need to buy a ticket for the adventure.
How To Get Around?
The Royal Botanic Garden is spread on an area of 30 hectares. The best way to explore its beauty is on foot. There are numerous tours and walks designed to enrich your curious soul. If you are not willing to explore the entire space or are too exhausted to walk on foot, then enjoy a ride through the different precincts of the Garden on Choo Choo Express.
What Should I Wear?
You can wear anything to the Royal Botanic Garden, there is no dress code for the place. As a lot of exploration and walking would be involved, it would be best to dress in comfy casuals. T-shirt with Jeans or shorts would be the best bet. Wear comfortable shoes for ease in walking (sports and hiking shoes will do). Take hats and shades along for adequate protection from the sun.
Best Time to Visit
There can be no better time to visit the Royal Botanic Garden than the springtime which in Australia is from September to November (Australia lies in Southern Hemisphere). The flora is in its luxurious state during this season and you would witness an overwhelming display of colors all around. Also, the weather of Sydney is mild during the season making your tour much more comfortable.
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Will I Need a Guide?
The Garden sprawls on a large area with certain sections being dense. Guided tours are the best way to explore the various sections of the Garden and make the most of your time. Also, a guide will be the best person to introduce you to the different sections of the Garden.
How To Get There?
Located on Sydney Harbour, near to Sydney's Central Business District area, Royal Botanic Garden is easily accessible. It is just a 5 min. walk from the CBD area. You can reach the place by your own private car or bike will do too. Parking facilities are available. Public transportation is also good. You can take a bus or train to reach the place. The nearest railway station is at a walking distance from the garden. You can also enjoy a ferry ride from Circular Quay to the garden.