Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

International Fleet Review

Royal Australian Navy centenary celebrations

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Key vantage points for public and exclusive picnic in the Royal Botanic Garden for members of Foundation and Friends

The Harbour comes alive with the International Fleet Review promising the most rousing and colourful celebrations since the 1988 bicentenary, and the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, is playing an important role.

From Thursday 3 October through to Friday 11 October 2013, an international flotilla of more than 40 warships and up to 20 tall ships will commemorate 100 years since the first Royal Australian Navy fleet entered Sydney Harbour.

Twenty nations will take part in the International Fleet Review: Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Micronesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Tonga, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Highlights include

  • Thursday 3 October - arrival of tall ships
  • Friday 4 October - the official arrival of the international fleet of 40 warships into Sydney Harbour
  • Saturday 5 October (7.30 pm to 8 pm) - a spectacular fireworks and light display
  • Saturday 5 October (4 pm to 9 pm) - exclusive members' picnic.

More than 8000 Australian and visiting naval personnel will participate.

The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust is proud to be working in partnership with the NSW State Government and the City of Sydney to stage this historic event.

Approximately 25,000 visitors a day are expected across the key vantage points of the Royal Botanic Garden, the Domain and Mrs Macquaries Point.

In addition, the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens are holding a ticketed International Fleet Review Picnic evening event within the Royal Botanic Garden on Saturday 5 October.

Visitors to the Royal Botanic Garden, from 3 to 11 October 2013 are encouraged to use public transport as road closures will be implemented around the area to cater for the large crowds.

Please note that the Royal Botanic Garden will close early, at 5 pm, on Friday 4 October and from 2 pm on Saturday 5 October. Food and beverages will be available for purchase or visitors may bring their own picnic.

In line with the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust's commitment to environmental responsibility, visitors are asked to minimise waste, pack re-useable picnic containers where possible, and recycle plastics, paper and glass in the bins provided.

Tall Ship Arrival

On Thursday 3 October approximately 17 tall ships will enter Sydney Harbour and make their way to Darling Harbour.

When: Thursday 3 October
Garden opening hours: 7 am - 6.30 pm
Cost: Free
Transport: Infoline www.131500.com.au/events or 131 500
Parking: Domain Car Park www.domaincarpark.com.au/ or 02 9232 6165

Temporary road closures will be in place throughout Sydney including Art Gallery Rd and Mrs Macquaries Rd - see table below. Visit the Roads and Maritime Services website to keep up to date: www.rms.nsw.gov.au or www.livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au for the latest traffic information. 

Warship Arrival

There will be at least 40 war ships from around the world that will enter Sydney Harbour on Friday 4 October. There are key vantage sites in the Royal Botanic Garden and Domain.

These sites will have managed access across the various days to facilitate public viewing of the event.

When: Friday 4 October
Garden opening hours: 7 am - 5 pm
Cost: Free
Transport: Infoline www.131500.com.au/events or 131 500
Parking: Domain Car Park www.domaincarpark.com.au/ or 02 9232 6165
Accessible parking: A limited number of accessible parking spaces will be available outside the Art Gallery of NSW for IFR 2013 on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 October. Application for an accessible parking space can be made by faxing (02) 9231 8105 or emailing belinda.stuart@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au by Friday 30 September 2013. Please include: the date you require the pass; your name, address & mobile number; your vehicle type & rego number; and a copy of your mobility/disability parking permit. On approval we will post the pass to you (until 20 September 2013). From 21 to 30 September you may pick up your pass from the Royal Botanic Garden Reception on Mrs Macquaries Road. Please display both your Disability permit and the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust Parking permit on the dash of your car.

Temporary road closures will be in place throughout Sydney including Art Gallery Rd and Mrs Macquaries Rd - see table below. Visit the Roads and Maritime Services website to keep up to date: www.rms.nsw.gov.au

Pyro and Light Spectacular

PLEASE NOTE: Entry to Mrs Macquaries Point and Tarpeian Precinct viewing areas by managed access only. The only access to the Royal Botanic Garden on 5 October will be via Morshead Fountain Gate, and the Garden will close at 2 pm. The fireworks will not be able to be viewed from within the Royal Botanic Garden. Entry to Mrs Macquaries Point & Tarpeian Precinct will close once each area reaches capacity.

When: Saturday 5 October, fireworks: 7.30 - 8.00 pm; Garden opening hours 7 am to 2 pm.
Cost:
Free
Transport: Infoline www.131500.com.au/events or 131 500
Parking: Domain Car Park www.domaincarpark.com.au/ or 02 9232 6165
Accessible parking: A limited number of accessible parking spaces will be available outside the Art Gallery of NSW for IFR 2013 on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 October. Application for an accessible parking space can be made by faxing (02) 9231 8105 or emailing belinda.stuart@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au by Friday 30 September 2013. Please include: the date you require the pass; your name, address & mobile number; your vehicle type & rego number; and a copy of your mobility/disability parking permit. On approval we will post the pass to you (until 20 September 2013). From 21 to 30 September you may pick up your pass from the Royal Botanic Garden Reception on Mrs Macquaries Road. Please display both your Disability permit and the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust Parking permit on the dash of your car.
Road closures: Temporary road closures will be in place throughout Sydney including Art Gallery Rd and Mrs Macquaries Rd - see table below. Visit the Roads and Maritime Services website to keep up to date: www.rms.nsw.gov.au
Food & alcohol: available for purchase at the site. Cash only (No EFTPOS or ATM facilities will be available).
Toilets: Permanent and Port-a-loo toilets will be available onsite
Seating: Picnic style only

What to bring:

  • Small umbrellas (under 50 cm) or ponchos
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Medication if applicable
  • Picnic blanket

What NOT to bring:

  • No pets
  • No plastic sheeting/tarps
  • No tents, pegs or shade structures
  • No barbecues
  • No bicycles
  • No sharp or serrated knives
  • No bean bags, mattresses or inflatable furniture
  • No sparklers
  • No footballs or Frisbees
  • No high camping chairs

Exclusive members' picnic - SOLD OUT

Foundation and Friends members' event

Join the historic celebrations for the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney Harbour at an exclusive members-only picnic at the Royal Botanic Garden.

When: Saturday 5 October, 4 pm - 9 pm
Where: Mare & Foal Lawn, inside the Royal Botanic Garden
Cost: Member $35, Member's Guest $50, Child 5-15 $10, Child under 5 Free. Tickets are limited and can only be purchased by a member.
BYO: picnic and alcohol (conditions apply).
Bookings: SOLD OUT
Accessible parking: A limited number of accessible parking spaces will be available outside the Art Gallery of NSW for IFR 2013 on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 October. Application for an accessible parking space can be made by faxing (02) 9231 8105 or emailing belinda.stuart@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au by Friday 30 September 2013. Please include: the date you require the pass; your name, address & mobile number; your vehicle type & rego number; and a copy of your mobility/disability parking permit. On approval we will post the pass to you (until 20 September 2013). From 21 to 30 September you may pick up your pass from the Royal Botanic Garden Reception on Mrs Macquaries Road. Please display both your Disability permit and the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust Parking permit on the dash of your car.

NOTE: Tickets must be collected in person from the Foundation & Friends office. Tickets can be collected after phase from midday of the next business day.

Road closures

Monday 30 September 6 am to 6 pm: Northern Loop Mrs Macqraries Road closed (open to pedestrians only); contingency in place for Art Gallery Road closure
Tuesday 1 October
6 am to 6 pm: Northern Loop Mrs Macquaries Road closure (open to pedestrians only); contingency in place for Art Gallery Road closure
Wednesday 2 October
6 am to 6 pm: Northern Loop Mrs Macquaries Road closure (open to pedestrians only); contingency in place for Art Gallery Road closure
Thursday 3 October
6 am to 6 pm: Northern Loop Mrs Macquaries Road closure (open to pedestrians only); contingency in place for Art Gallery Road closure
Friday 4 October 4 am to midnight: Full road closure Art Gallery & Mrs Macquaries Roads
Saturday 5 October
4 am to 11 pm: Full road closure Art Gallery & Mrs Macquaries Roads
Sunday 6 October
6 am to 8 pm: Northern Loop Mrs Macqraries Road closed (open to pedestrians only); contingency in place for Art Gallery Road closure
Monday 7 October
6 am to 8 pm: Northern Loop Mrs Macqraries Road closed (open to pedestrians only); contingency in place for Art Gallery Road closure
Tuesday 8 October
6 am to 8 pm: Northern Loop Mrs Macqraries Road closed (open to pedestrians only); contingency in place for Art Gallery Road closure
Wednesday 9 October Contingency for road closures in place
Thursday 10 October Contingency for road closures in place
Friday 11 October
Contingency for road closures in place

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