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Wednesdays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wednesday Walks June - The Ghost of a Palace Past: The Sydney International Exhibition of 1879 and the Garden Palace Story

Led by our expert staff and volunteers, this series of walks will help you and your family discover and appreciate the beautiful intersection of nature, horticulture, science and history that is the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.​

Each month we will explore a different seasonal theme in the Garden. Uncovering the mysteries of pollination, the extraordinary stories of our trees, the resilience of Australian plants and how this amazing garden evolved from the colonies first European Farm to one of the world’s leading scientific organisations.
Join us on a 1.5 hour themed walk to discover the plants, people and animals that make and have made your beautiful Botanic Garden by the harbour.

  • June - The Ghost of a Palace Past - The Garden Palace and Sydney International Exhibition - In 1879, the Botanic Garden hosted what was the biggest event in Sydney's history until the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Housed in an enormous building designed by colonial architect, James Barnet and built in only 8 months. This was a place making building and event for Sydney. Where is the building now ? How and why was it built and what does the story of the building and exhibition reveal about our history and the process of remembering and forgetting. Join us to find out more.
  • July - Wednesday Walks will not be running in July
  • August (4,11 August) From Trees to Treasures - Join volunteer guide and wood turner, Peter Martin to visit some of the precious timber trees growing in our Garden. Peter salvages timber from our Garden and transforms it into beautiful objects on display at the Calyx. Peter will share his passion for trees and the craft of woodturning on this walk visiting some of his favourite trees. The walk will finish at the Transformation Exhibition at Lion Gate Lodge. 
  • August - September (25 August, 1,8 September) 8 Days at Kamay (Botany Bay) - Three guides with a passion for botany, illustration and Swedish will take you on a tour of the Garden visiting the species of plants collected by Daniel Solander and Joseph Banks on the east coast of Australia in 1770. These walks are designed to accompany the Botanic Endeavor Florilegium exhibition that will be showing at Lion Gate Lodge, the finishing location for the walk.
  • September (15,21,28) Spring in the Garden - enjoy the flowers and fragrance of Spring at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Since 1855, we have been creating Spring Displays on our historic Spring Walk. Learn about their evolution and experience this year's creation on a walking tour that will also visit other Spring highlights in the Garden. 

Please note the following changes due to COVID-19
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Wednesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


GA $25 l F&F $20


The Calyx


Public transport recommended. Limited parking available