Botanic Gardens, Macquarrie Street, Sydney - Sydney, NSW

Botanic Gardens, Macquarrie Street, Sydney

The Botanic Gardens are located on the site of the first government farm, established by Governor Phillip in 1816. A succession of botanists later developed the three distinct areas of the gardens along scientific lines with collections of rare plants and trees. The upper garden was the site of the international exhibition of 1879 and purpose landscaped in Victorian style with statues and formal walks that remain today.

The first need of the colony in 1788 was the establishment of a farm, so that the community could be made self-supporting as soon as possible. The site chosen was that of the present Botanic Gardens, to the foreshores of which Phillips gave the name of Farm Cove.

The Gardens occupy 98 acres and contain a fine collection of plants, flowers, and trees of all types. In addition to the natural peacefulness and beauty of the lawns and shaded walks, visitors will be charmed by the harbour which laps the gardens on their northern edge. Government House, the home of the Governor of New South Wales, stands on the western boundary in eleven acres of lawns and gardens overlooking the harbour

Free guided tours leave daily from the Visitors Information Centre near the garden shop at 10.30am.

Contact Details

(02) 9231 8125


Sydney, NSW, 2000