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14 Mar 2022

Be a Very Important Plant Person for the day

Any visitor to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney knows there’s a lot to get through across the sprawling 30-hectare site home to more than 25,000 plants.

But if you’re not keen on walking or want to make sure you get as much in of Australia’s oldest Botanic Garden, there’s a great way to do it.

Our private buggy tours are led by Horticulturist and Historian Paul Nicholson as he takes guests on an exclusive visit of the lush, green oasis in the heart of the Sydney CBD.

People can do a private buggy tour at the Garden.

“Every step of the way you get a very deep knowledge and understanding of the Garden, from the flora and fauna and the interaction between them, to the history and cultural significance of differing parts of the Gardens,” says Mike Cannon-Brookes Snr.

“The knowledge provided is truly amazing.”

The bespoke visits have seen the likes of Nicole Kidman get up close and personal for the best parts of the Garden.
Mr Nicholson shares stories of scientific discovery and conservation around the Wollemi Pine or the Ribbonwood Tree and explains the Garden’s rich history.

“People hear stories about Australia’s first public zoo, and the Garden being the first frontier between the First Fleet and the Cadigal, the owners and custodians of this site,” he says.

Stop to take a photo on the Garden tour.
Stop and get the perfect shot for Instagram.

“There’s heritage trees from the earliest planted examples of trees in Australia, remnant trees that have witnessed the modern transformation of Sydney or trees planted by royalty, and stories of our statues, sculptures and artwork and how they show the changing values and tastes of society.

“They can learn why our enormous fig trees are dependent on a microscopic insect and find out about the biggest event in Australia to take place in the 19th century and the magnificent building built to house it.”

Guests can also see some of the animals, birds and insects that call the Garden home, see our tallest, oldest and most rare plants and learn how we look after them in the Garden and help conserve them in the wild.

A couple enjoy a personal buggy ride.
You'll see plants you want up close.

The 1.5 hour exclusive tour starts at The Calyx and features our latest exhibit, Inside the Tide.

At the end guests have the opportunity to take some plants of their own, stopping at Growing Friends Plant Sales.
With up to five guests, people with particular interests can make sure the tour includes just what they’re after.

“There’s no better way to truly experience the Garden and all that is has to offer,” Mr Nicholson says.

Book in now

Get your tickets today. Members of Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens receive 10% off events, plus 20% off Growing Friends Plant Sales. Click here to find out more. 

For those who prefer to get their step count up our Guided Walks run Thursday to Sunday from 10.30am. They are by donation. Find out more here.

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