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Woolloomooloo Gate works Saturday 5 April

Heritage Services (Public Works) will be removing the urn finials located on the top of the Woolloomooloo Gates columns using crane and scaffold from 8 am on Saturday 5 April. Pedestrian access will be maintained, but there will be short periods when pedestrians will have to enter the Royal Botanic Garden via the adjacent access road when the crane is operating. The urns will be refurbished off site and reinstated in about 6 weeks. We apologise for any inconvenience.

A stronger future for Sydney's Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands

Environment Minister Robyn Parker has announced a plan to strengthen Sydney’s favourite green spaces with operations of Centennial Parklands and the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain to be amalgamated.

The amalgamation will allow around $7 million more funding each year to be available for reinvestment in exciting and innovative projects across the integrated parks and gardens.

These projects include new science and education programs, better customer services and management systems - all of which will improve the parks and gardens for the community and deliver high quality experiences.

The amalgamation will bring together the management and operations of:

  • Centennial Park
  • Moore Park
  • Queens Park
  • Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
  • The Domain
  • Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
  • Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah

This will create a harbourside to mountaintop network of nearly 1100 hectares.

The Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust and Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust will be retained with no changes to their objectives, powers and responsibilities. Importantly, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust will continue its important work in science and plant conservation.

This project will allow for shared expertise in botany, horticulture, education, tourism, and sport and recreation.

More specifically, it will deliver coordinated green space education opportunities to within 30 minutes of all Sydney primary and secondary schools; it will coordinate combined recreational and sporting assets that include more than 125 playing fields, equestrian, orienteering, bike riding, running, walking, golf, and soccer. It brings major benefits for the community and the two Trusts.

The process is expected to be completed by late 2015.

New Year's Eve 2014

at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Domain

Click here to register your interest for an exclusive pre-sale opportunity for NYE 2014.                    

Trial extension of opening hours

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan will close at 8 pm on weekends and public holidays in a trial from Saturday 21 September 2013 to Monday Saturday 5 April 2014. The Garden will continue to open at 10 am daily and will be closed on Christmas Day.

Sydney Opera House forecourt works - entry to the Royal Botanic Garden

Sydney Opera House is currently undertaking the Vehicle Access and Pedestrian Safety Project (VAPS) , the largest construction project on site since the building opened in 1973.

VAPS will enhance tourist and visitor safety by removing heavy vehicle movements from the Forecourt to a new underground loading dock. This will allow pedestrians to have safe and exclusive access to all the Sydney Opera House facilities at Forecourt level.

The project involves

  • Diversion of the Bennelong Drain, a stormwater drain servicing parts of the Sydney CBD, that runs across the Sydney Opera House site (COMPLETE)
  • Excavation of a new access road and loading dock under the Forecourt & Vehicle Concourse
  • Remediation of the existing road to remove the curbs

Visitors will be able to enter and exit the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, throughout the works, via both QEII and Opera House gates. Please follow signage to reach the gates around the construction walls. The work will continue until mid 2013. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Click here for further information, visit the SOH website or see SOH Factsheet.

Margaret Flockton Award

Yurong toilets





Margaret Flockton Award 2012 winner

1st prize ($5000)
Klei Sousa from Brazil for Mimosa acutistipula

Woolloomooloo Gate (Principal Entrance) 1880. Photo: Trust Library



Lion in Rose Garden