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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
What to bring:
What NOT to bring:
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
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.