Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

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Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah

Address & contact details
  • Mrs Macquaries Road Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
  • Phone: 02-9231 8111 or weekends 02-9231 8125
  • Fax: 02-9251 4403 (International code +61)
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  • Mount Annan Drive, Mount Annan NSW 2567, Australia
  • Phone: 02-4634 7900
  • Fax: 02-4634 7950 (International code +61)
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  • Bells Line of Road, NSW 2758, Australia
  • Phone: 02-4567 3000
  • Fax: 02-4567 2037 (International code +61 2)
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This month in your Garden 

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All year in your Garden

Opening hours

Domain: open 24 hours every day except for special or ticketed events.

Royal Botanic Garden:
October: 7 am-7.30 pm
November-February: 7 am-8 pm
March: 7 am-6.30 pm
April & September: 7 am-6 pm
May & August: 7 am-5.30 pm
June & July: 7 am-5 pm

Sydney Tropical Centre: Closed for redevelopment.

Sydney Fernery and Succulent Garden: open daily 9 am-4.30 pm daily except Christmas Day and Good Friday (free entry).

Note: no pets allowed in the Garden

The Garden is open every day except Christmas Day.

Opening and closing hours
All year, 10 am - 5 pm*

Mountain bike trail

Open to the public 10 am - 5 pm
Open to members sunrise to sunset 

Note: no pets allowed in the Garden.

The Garden is open every day except Christmas Day.

Opening and closing hours

  • 9am - 5.30pm Monday - Friday
  • 9.30 am - 5.30 pm Weekends and Public Holidays 

Note: no pets allowed in the Garden

Entry fees

FREE entry to Garden

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Map

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Getting there Train: the nearest station is Martin Place. Other stations close to the Royal Botanic Gardens are St James and Circular Quay.

Ferry: an easy walk from Circular Quay

Bus: the 441 (Balmain via QVB Building) leaves York Street, Town Hall on weekdays, 10 am to 5 pm, stopping outside the Art Gallery of NSW. The Sydney Explorer Bus also includes the Royal Botanic Gardens on its route and the 200 (Chatswood to Bondi) stops in Macquarie Street.

Car: there is metered parking along Mrs Macquaries Road, Hospital Road and Macquarie Street. Undercover parking is available at the Domain Car Park, Sydney Hospital, the Sydney Opera House and in Macquarie Street.

Motor cycle: Over 30 clearly marked, dedicated motorcycle parking spaces free of charge and not time limited. If a motorcyclist chooses to park in a marked metered space he/she is required to pay for the parking and observe the time limits for that area.

Directions and traffic conditions: For directions from your home to the Garden, and current traffic conditions, phone the Roads & Traffic Authority on 132 701 or visit Live Traffic NSW.

The Australian Botanic Garden is 57 km from the Sydney CBD, about 45 minutes drive from the city.

Car: from the east: from the M5 Motorway take the Narellan Road exit - Route 9. Take the right fork towards Camden/Narellan along Narellan Rd. Continue along Narellan Rd and turn left at second set of traffic lights;
from the west: Follow the Northern Road onto Narellan Rd at Narellan. Continue along Narellan Rd and turn right at traffic lights indicated by the brown tourist sign the 'Australian Botanic Garden'.

Public transport: Take the train from Central Railway Station to Campbelltown Railway Station, then buses run between Campbelltown railway station and Camden via Mount  Annan. Phone Busways for information on 02-4625 8922.

Directions and traffic conditions: For directions from your home to the Garden, and current traffic conditions, phone the Roads & Traffic Authority on 132 701 or visit Live Traffic NSW.

The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is 105 km west of Sydney in the Blue Mountains, a two-hour drive from Sydney.

Car: follow Bells Line of Road from Richmond or Lithgow through the Blue Mountains. Mount Tomah is 40 km west of Richmond - look out for the signs.

Public transport: There is no public transport to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden.

Directions and traffic conditions: For directions from your home to the Garden, and current traffic conditions, phone the Roads & Traffic Authority on 132 701 or visit Live Traffic NSW.

Tours to the Garden: Coach tours, departing from Lithgow, Hartley or Mt Victoria Railway Stations (or other pickup by request), can be booked with Madjestic Mini Bus Hire ph. 6352 3803.

Tour to the Australian Botanic Gardens and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden: Australian Gardens Experience

Disability access

ACCESSIBLE-PATHS

Download accessible paths map - showing entry from Opera House via vehicle concourse during construction.

disabled symbol More information on disability access - wheelchair hire, accessible toilets, indoor and outdoor venues, entrances and parking.

Wheelchair hire: available at the Visitor Centre

Accessible paths: most areas of the Garden are wheelchair accessible, other than the steep paths and stairs. Accessible routes and toilets are signposted.

Accessible toilets: Most toilets at the Garden are wheelchair accessible.

Parking: Accessible parking spaces are allocated in the main carpark and at each of the picnic areas.

Garden Shuttle: 14-seat shuttle with a hydraulic wheelchair lift departs from the Visitor Centre at 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm and 4.00 pm to pick up and drop off elderly and people with disabilities at signposted stops around the Garden.

Changes to the Garden Shuttle service: From 1 July 2013 the free pick up service and $10 pp tour will be replaced by a regular ranger tour. Instead of $10pp for a tour it will be $5 pp, free for disability card holders, Friends & Foundation members and under 12s. Tickets must be purchased from the Visitor Information Desk in the lower Visitor Centre. There will be no pick ups around the Garden. Visitors should get on the Garden Shuttle in front of the Visitor Centre with their ticket. The tours will be at the same time as the current runs (11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm). Groups can book onto either the scheduled runs or pre-book outside the scheduled times on weekdays only, maximum two additional tours per day.

Wheelchairs: available at the Visitor Centre with a refunded deposit on return.

Mobility Scooters: available from the Visitor Information desk with a refunded deposit on return.

Accessible paths: some areas of the Garden are wheelchair accessible, however there are several steep paths and stairs. Accessible routes and toilets are signposted.

Accessible toilets: The toilets at the Garden are wheelchair accessible.

Parking: special bays are provided in the carpark.

Visitor facilities

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Palm Grove Centre - click on map to enlarge

Palm Grove Centre: located in the centre of the Royal Botanic Garden, includes Gardens Shop, Visitor Information area, Botanic Gardens Restaurant & Cafe and Toilets

Visitor information: located in the Palm Grove Centre, open 9.30 am to 4.30 pm daily except Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Wheelchair hire: available at the Garden Shop in the Palm Grove Centre.

Picnic facilities: with toilets, picnic shelters and free gas barbecues.

Walking tracks: maps are available at the Visitor Centre for 2 tracks.

Mountain bike trail: Open to public 10 am to 5 pm, open to members sunrise to sunset. Click here for more information on the Mountain bike trail.

Guided bus and walking tours: bookings essential, phone 02 4634 7935

Education service: including school holiday activities, bookings essential, phone 02 4634 7900

Visitor Centre: provides information about the Garden. Phone 02 4634 7935, fax 02 4634 7963

Restaurant: Melaleuca House Cafe - open weekdays 10 am to 5 pm, weekends 8 am to 5 pm. Please phone ahead to make breakfast reservations ph. 4648 3318.

 

Picnic areas: with free electric barbecues

The Wollemi Room: seats 80, available for hire

Garden Shuttle: available for the elderly and people with disabilities.

Mobility Scooters: available from Visitor Information desk with a refunded deposit on return.

Education service: including school holiday activities, bookings essential, phone 02-4567 3000

Visitor Centre and Garden Shop: including plant sales and wheelchair hire

Restaurant: Open 10 am-4 pm. Closed on Christmas Day. Bookings recommended, phone 0421 552 746 - click here for more information and menu

Garden Shop

Open: 9.30 am-5 pm daily, 9.30 am-4.30 pm June and July.

Located in the Palm Grove Centre, open 9.30 am to 5 pm daily except Christmas Day and Good Friday. Phone 9231 8125, fax: +61 2 9252 8701 

Foundation & Friends members receive a 10% discount.

All profits from the shop benefit the Garden.

Open: 10.00 am - 4.30 pm daily except Christmas Day.

The Visitor Centre is right in the heart of the Garden. Come in for gardening information and advice! Or you can phone us on 02 4634 7935 or fax: 02 4634 7963

Foundation & Friends members receive a 10% discount.

All profits from the Shop benefit the Garden.

Open: 10.15 am - 4.45 pm

Phone: 02-4567 3010 

Members discount: Foundation & Friends members receive a 10% discount.

Credit cards - We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Government or Company purchase orders.

All profits from the shop benefit the Garden.

Walks & tours

Free guided walks: For individuals or small family groups, daily at 10.30 am (except Public Holidays) - allow 1.5 hours.
Free walks Mon-Fri at 1 pm (Mar-Nov only, except Public Holidays) - allow 1 hour.
Walks depart from the Information Counter at the Palm Grove Centre.

Organised groups: bookings essential, fees apply, phone 9231 8134.

Aboriginal heritage tours: Join one of our Aboriginal Education Officers for a journey of discovery. Uncover the Royal Botanic Garden's rich Aboriginal heritage, by exploring plant uses, culture, artefacts, and taste some bush foods. 10 am Fridays - 1.5 hours (bookings essential). Bookings and enquiries: ph. 9231 8134. Booked Aboriginal Heritage Tours are available Monday to Friday on request.

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Scenic train tour by Choo Choo Express

Operates daily every 30 minutes (weather permitting): Monday-Friday: 10 am - 4.30 pm Oct-April, 11 am - 4 pm May-October, Saturday-Sunday: 10 am - 4.30 pm.
Cost: adults $10, children $5.

Guided tours: Please call the Visitor Centre for bookings and information about availability 4634 7935. Our knowledgeable guides will make your Australian Botanic Garden bus tour unforgettable. $8 per person including Garden entry. Bookings: 4634 7935.

Personalised guided tours: Personalised guided tours can be arranged for tourist groups, social clubs, schools, special interest groups and corporate groups. We will tailor a tour to your group’s interest. Book your tour at the Visitor Centre by phoning 4634 7935.

Self-guided tours: Pick up a map from the Visitor Centre or download maps and information from the following links:

*Central Valley Walk
*Get Smart with Water
*Tree Tour - North Loop
*Tree Tour - South Loop

Australian Botanic Garden Map 2011 
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Hiking, bushwalking & bird-watching: Hiking, bushwalking and bird-watching are popular activities at the Australian Botanic Garden. Brochures to guide you to our walking tracks, to scenic lookouts, to the lakes and bird hide are available at the Visitor Centre as is a brochure on the birds to be seen in the garden.

World Heritage Exhibition Centre: Visit this exciting display in the Visitor Centre.

Touching Time - Unique stories of Australian Plants - Blue Mountains World Heritage: Hire a MP3 at the Garden Shop. Download as either iTunes Podcast or RSS Feed.

Self-guided tours: There is a variety of self-guided tours, depending on how much time you have - half and hour, an hour, half a day or all day.

Guided tours: Volunteer Guided Tour: Most days a tour for individuals and small family groups departs from the Visitor Centre at 11.30 am led by a trained volunteer guide - contact us to ensure there will be a tour on the day of your visit. Group tours must be pre-booked and cost $10 per person, see below. Guided Garden Tours (1.5-2 hours): Pre-booked tours for groups visiting the Garden. Specialised Garden Tours (1.5-2 hours): Tours requiring a leader with specialised horticultural knowledge. Group tailored Garden Shuttle tour: Take a 20-minute tour of the Garden. Departs 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm from outside the Visitor Centre. $5 per person, free for Disability Card holders, Foundation and Friends members and children under 12. Please purchase your ticket from the Visitor Information Desk in the lower Visitor Centre and present to the tour leader. Aboriginal Heritage Tours: led by an expert Aboriginal guide, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience the culture and plant resources of the Indigenous people of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Book anytime. Tour runs 10 am - 11.30 am. All tours must be pre-booked at least 24 hrs ahead. $36.50 pp. $275 minimum tour cost. $16.50 student/child. Friends and Foundation discount on request. Bush Tucker available at the end of your tour if pre-booked.

Ecotours: Rainforest and Woodland Walk (1.5-2 hrs) and Rainforest to Tomah Spur Walk (2.5-4 hrs): Explore this secret world of remnant rainforest, abundant birdlife, ancient rock formations and panoramic views.

International Tour Packages: Exciting tour packages that highlight the unique native plants and birdlife of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area suit international tourists and education groups: choose either Australian Plants & Birds Package or Blue Mountains Wilderness Package.

Restaurants, cafes and kiosks

Botanic Gardens Restaurant: lunches from 12 noon daily, brunch on weekends, reservations and private functions phone 9241 2419. Cafe open 8.30 am-4.30 pm.

The Pavilion: restaurant open for lunch daily, reservations and private functions phone 9232 1322. Kiosk open 7.30 am-4 pm daily.

Palace Gate Cafe: open weekdays 8 am-5 pm, Saturdays 9.30 am-4.30 pm, closed Sundays, phone 9252 5779.

Shop on the Hop: fast food outlet located at Mrs Macquaries Point, weather permitting.

Melaleuca House Cafe-Restaurant: is open weekdays 10 am to 5 pm, weekends 8 am to 5 pm. Breakfast bookings on weekends are between 8 am and 9.30 am, with entry to the cafe during this time via Mount Annan Drive. Please phone ahead to make breakfast reservations.

Bookings preferred, phone: 4648 3318.

The Restaurant is a licensed restaurant with casual Australian dining with a la carte menu.

Open: 10 am-4 pm. Closed on Christmas Day. Phone: 0421 552 746.

Weddings, venues and exhibition spaces

Weddings

Functions & Events

Meetings & Conferences

Picnics & Garden Parties

Commercial Filming & Photography

Outdoor Public Event Venues

Sports

Palm House Exhibitions 

This Garden offers special event venue sites that are truly out of the ordinary. You’ll enjoy spectacular gardens, ceremonial lawns, lake views, arbors, native wildlife, seminar facilities and a restaurant with verandahs and a piazza.

Weddings - Celebrate your special occasion at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Outdoor events - Spectacular all year round with native garden displays, views and a peaceful natural ambience.

Indoor events - Our Bowden Centre provides the perfect venue for special occasions, meetings and conferences.

Photography and filming: The Australian Botanic Garden is available for commercial photography and filming. Our experienced staff understand the needs of location work. For further information or to book, phone our Media Relations Centre on 02 4634 7903.

Weddings - Celebrate your special occasion ‘on top of the world’ at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah.

Outdoor events - Spectacular all year round with colourful garden displays from throughout the world, magnificent views and a peaceful natural ambience.

Indoor events - Our Visitor Centre provides the perfect venue for special occasions, meetings and conferences. Overlooking the panorama of the northern Blue Mountains, facilities include a function room ‘The Wollemi Room’ and the gourmet Restaurant Tomah.

The Jungle Lodge - Onsite accommodation providing the perfect escape to unwind and get back to nature.

Function booking form - Book your function or wedding on-line

Filming and photography: Excellent opportunities are available all year round to capture the natural splendour of Mount Tomah Botanic Garden. Prices available on application, phone 4567 3000.

Visitor code & regulations

Please walk on the grass! We also invite you to smell the roses, hug the trees, talk to the birds and picnic on the lawns.

Etiquette Please, no pets, bicycle riding, scooter riding, rollerblading, rollerskating, frisbees or ball games. These activities are allowed in the Domain only.

This beautiful Garden is for everyone to enjoy - please don’t collect plants or flowers, climb on the trees, or walk on garden beds.

If you need to contact a ranger Our rangers are employed to assist visitors and enforce the regulations. Phone 0419 270 279 or inquire at the Palm Grove Visitor Information area or the Gardens Shop.

Enjoying your visit? Can we make your next visit more enjoyable? Your feedback is most welcome. Write your comments in the Visitors’ Book in the Palm Grove Visitor Information area or phone 9231 8111.

Regulations: click here for full list of regulations for the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust.

Please help us care for the Garden by following a few simple rules during your visit. We ask visitors to remember:

*Observe all signs, including speed limits, for your safety and information
*Children must be supervised at all times
*Drive only on designated, sealed roads
*Park only on road edges or in marked parking areas
*The speed limit is 30 km/h
*Pedestrians have right of way throughout the Garden
*Leave pets and firearms at home - note that domestic pets are not permitted in the Garden
*Only gas barbecues can be used in the Garden
*Be aware that all wildlife is protected including snakes, spiders and lizards
*Always wear a helmet when riding bicycles, scooters and skateboards
*Respect other visitors’ recreation and safety
*Take rubbish with you.

Please do not:

*Light fires
*Camp anywhere on site
*Swim, wade or fish in lakes, ponds or creeks
*Pick, damage, remove plants or climb or affix anything to trees
*Ride skateboards, use rollerblades or bicycles in the Connections Garden
*Fly kites near electrical power lines, trees or groups of people
*Push objects into the ground, such as cricket stumps or tent pegs, due to concerns about the spread of soil-borne diseases

Regulations: click here for full list of regulations for the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust.

For everyone’s safety and enjoyment we ask visitors to please:

*Observe safety & information signs
*Ensure adults accompany children at all times
*Consider other people by not using radios or playing games that might be disruptive
*Please leave pets at home
*Take out all rubbish with you
*Note that all wildlife is protected, including snakes, spiders and lizards.

Regulations: click here for full list of regulations for the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust.

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