Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Future planning

Master Plan

Draft Master Plan for the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, and the Domain

The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust appointed Cox Richardson Architects to develop the first-ever Master Plan for the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and the Domain in April 2013. Cox Richardson has assembled an extensive team to develop the plan including Grant and Associates for the landscape architecture, Godden Mackay Logan for the conservation management and MI Associates for the financial and implementation strategies. 

Following an extensive consultation period with a wide ranging group of neighbours and stakeholders and a literature review of current site planning and policy documents, the Cox Richardson team convened workshops with stakeholders, staff and Trustees during the second half of 2013 to develop the draft concepts of the Master Plan.

The draft Master Plan concepts were subsequently placed on public exhibition for review and comment, in conjunction with an online survey open to the public, from Sunday 6 April through to Saturday 31 May 2014. Public review and comment on the draft Master Plan comments has now closed and the Master Planning team is reviewing and analysing the submissions as a component of finalising the Master Plan.

It is anticipated that the final Master Plan will be completed in mid-2015.

View Master Plan animation

Future Domain

The Domain has been Sydney’s premier green space for public events, celebration, protest and festivities since it was proclaimed by Governor Macquarie in the 19th century, and is very much still in demand for a wide range of activities. The park has significant natural and cultural heritage values and is in demand for a wide range of contemporary activities including leisure, sport, recreation, tourism and special events. 

In 2001, the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust released the Domain Masterplan to address short to medium term management and planning issues confronting the Royal Botanic Garden and Domain, specifically focusing on opportunities to substantially improve the quality and significance of the Sydney Domain.

Future Domain builds on this, and proposes a series of projects to improve the amenity for users of the Domain and to complement broader Sydney and metropolitan planning objectives.  In October 2006, the Trust engaged social research group Urbis JHD to consult the public on their views of these projects.

Click here for information on Future Domain proposals and the final consultation report.

Domain Masterplan (2001)

The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust has developed a Masterplan for the Domain. The Masterplan explains the Trust's rationale for its management and operation of the parklands, and sets directions for maintaining and renewing the park over the next 10 years. This 2001 Master Plan was reviewed and considered during the drafting of the integrated Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and Domain draft Master Plan concepts document developed in 2013 by Cox Richardson Architects.

Volume 1

pdf  Click here to view Volume 1 of the Masterplan (large PDF file 3.8 Mb)

Volume 2

pdf  Click here to view Volume 2 of the Masterplan (large PDF file 4.8 Mb)

Volume 3: supporting papers

pdf  Click here to view the Acoustic Report (PDF file 55 Kb)
pdf  Click here to view the Community Involvement Report (PDF file 103 Kb)
pdf  Click here to view the Electrical Services Report (PDF file 270 Kb)
pdf  Click here to view the Performance Evaluation Report (large PDF file 784 Kb)
pdf  Click here to view the Site Infrastructure & Assets Management Report (PDF file 87 Kb)
pdf  Click here to view the Recreation, Events, Functions & Tourism Report (PDF file 361 Kb)

Master Plan

(pdf file, 12 pages)

aerial view


Domain event