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Plan Your Excursion

Our Education team is committed to making your visit to the Garden a success. We look forward to sharing all of the excitement and wonder that the Garden holds with you and your students soon.

Pricing

One Program
Students will love our outdoor learning activities on one of our standard 2 hour programs.
 
 Standard 2 Hour Program  Cost
Education booking up to 20 students $270.00
Education booking up to 35 students $472.50
Education booking up to 50 students $675.00
Education booking up to 65 students $877.50
Education booking up to 80 students $1,080.00
Education booking up to 95 students $1,282.50
Education booking up to 110 students $1,485.00
Education booking up to 125 students $1,687.50
Education booking up to 140 students $1,890.00
Education booking up to 155 students $2,092.50
Education booking up to 170 students $2,295.00
Education booking up to 185 students $2,497.50
Education booking up to 200 students $2,700.00
Two Programs
Get real value for your visit and bring your students to our beautiful Gardens for a full day.
Simply choose two different programs that suit your learning needs and your students will get to enjoy 2 x 2 hour programs and lunch break at a discounted full day rate.
 
Full day (2 x 2 hour with 30 min lunch break) Cost
Education booking up to 20 students $432.00
Education booking up to 35 students $756.00
Education booking up to 50 students $1,080.00
Education booking up to 65 students $1,404.00
Education booking up to 80 students $1,728.00
Education booking up to 95 students $2,052.00
Education booking up to 110 students $2,376.00
Education booking up to 125 students $2,700.00
Education booking up to 140 students $3,024.00
Education booking up to 155 students $3,348.00
Education booking up to 170 students $3,672.00
Education booking up to 185 students $3,996.00
Education booking up to 200 students $4,320.00

Getting Here

The easiest access for Rathborne Lodge is via the Woolloomooloo Gate on Mrs Macquaries Road. Once you enter the gate, follow the path straight ahead towards Plant Clinic. Rathborne Lodge is the sandstone building to the right.

Bus

There is a bus drop off/pick up bay at Woolloomooloo Gate on Mrs Macquaries Road.
Accessible needs parking is available. Please contact us for more information.

Train

The closest train stations are Martin Place, St James and Circular Quay.

Ferry

The closest ferry terminal is Circular Quay. 
 

Meeting Point Map

Click here to download our School Excursion Map

Risk Assessment

Click here to download our Risk Assessment (PDF)

Terms and Conditions

Click here to view our full Terms and Conditions

Bookings

Click here to submit your booking request for our Primary Programs

Click here to submit your booking request for our Secondary Programs

Contact Us

E: programs.info@botanicgardens.nsw.gov.au 

Frequently Asked Questions

Important information for planning your visit

What happens if it rains?
Our Gardens love the rain, so we believe there’s no such thing as ‘bad weather’.
Our programs go ahead in all-weather, so we recommend that both students and teachers come prepared for the weather forecast.
Please see our terms and conditions for more information around weather and cancellations or date rescheduling.
 
How can I book an excursion?
To book an excursion with us, please complete our booking request form via our website.
In this form you can provide up to three preferred dates and your preferred start time as well as all the other necessary information we need to put together a booking for you.
 
What time do your programs start?
Our programs have flexible start times to suit your transport needs. Your preferred start times can be selected in the booking request form.
If you are booking two sessions in a day please keep in mind we require a minimum 30 minute break between sessions.
 
How many students can I bring?
We can take a maximum of 90 students in a 2 hour session or 180 students in a day split into morning and afternoon sessions. If you have more than 180 students, you will need to book in for multiple dates.
 
How will the program run with my class groups?
We have a Botanic Gardens Educator to student ratio of 1 : 30. If you’re booking in for a group larger than 30 your group will be split into smaller groups of 30 or less with a Botanic Gardens Educator each. Your students will complete the same program in the same timeframe but in a rotation of activities.
 
How many teachers/parent helpers can I bring?
We require a minimum of 1 teacher or parent helper per 30 students. Please keep in mind that behaviour management and duty of care remains the responsibility of the school at all times.
Additional teachers or parent helpers are welcome to attend free of charge.
 
When should we arrive?
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your program to allow time for recess/lunch and bathroom breaks. This will ensure your program can start on time.
 
Where is the best place to drop off and pick up students from the bus?
The safest point for drop off and pick up is via the bus bay at Woolloomooloo Gate on Mrs Macquaries Rd. A map will be provided for your booking showing the location of the bus bay.
 
Can we access the Garden via public transport?
Yes, the closest train stations are Martin Place, St James and Circular Quay.
The closest ferry terminal is at Circular Quay.
 
Where are the closest bathrooms?
Bathrooms, including an accessible bathroom, are available at the meeting point to the left of Rathborne Lodge.
If you are meeting at The Calyx, bathrooms are available inside The Calyx.
 
Where can we have recess or lunch?
There are large lawn spaces available around the meeting point that booked groups are welcome to use for their recess or lunch. Please encourage students to bring lunches with limited packaging and make sure that all rubbish is disposed of thoughtfully.
 
Where can we leave our bags?
We recommend that students bring a small tote bag with only their recess or lunch as the Garden does not take responsibility for the loss or damage of any valuables during your excursion.
Bags can be left at the meeting point at Rathborne Lodge. Please speak to your educator at the start of your program and they will direct you.
 
What should we bring?
We recommend that both students and teachers come prepared with the following:
  • Comfortable and enclosed walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Packed lunch. Please think about limiting plastic packaging
  • Umbrella/raincoat
Are excursions accessible?
Yes, we will always do our best to ensure that our excursions are accessible to meet your student’s needs.
The closest gate to the meeting point is accessible via Access Rd and an accessible bathroom is available at the meeting point at Rathborne Lodge. Please contact us via email to discuss accessibility options for excursions.
More information on accessibility in the Garden can also be found on our website here

 
We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.