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The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is one of the most iconic gardens in the world, with the view across the water to the bridge and world recognised Opera House. The garden is a place to discover, learn and relax. There is always something to do in the garden from community festivals, exhibitions, plant sales and special events. Plus, it’s free to enter and enjoy the vast landscape.
Here are our top 5 reasons to visit:
1. The Calyx – The Calyx is home to some extraordinary exhibitions and entry is by donation only which helps to run the displays. At the moment, the living exhibition is Plants with Bite. Featuring 25,000 of the world’s hungriest and creepiest plants telling the story of how the iconic Venus flytrap, lobster pots, bladders and more, lure, trop, kill and digest insects. A true miracle of evolution, marvel at the simplicity of these plants.
2. Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail – Meet the Hello Koalas, full of colour and fun! Curated by Arts and Health Australia Pty Ltd (AHA) and hosted by the Garden, the trail encompasses 22 one-metre high koala sculptures, hand-painted by Australian artists to promote koala conservation and conservation of other threatened animal and plant species in Australia.
3. The National Herbarium of New South Wales – one of the most significant botanical resources in the Southern Hemisphere, valued at $280 billion and houses over 1.43 million plant specimens. The growing collection is essential for informing and making decisions about the conservation and management of our natural environment.
4. The App – if you download the associated app on your phone, wherever you stand in the garden you can find out the names of the plants all around you. A great way to merge the benefits of nature with the digital world.
5. Relax – if you’d like to learn more about native and exotic plants, lose yourself in one of the spectacular themed gardens or enjoy a picnic with friends and family it’s all at the garden. Wander the herb garden, the fernery, palm grove, the Australian rain forest, rose garden, rock garden, succulent garden – the list goes on!