Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney – Discovering a Rich Natural Heritage

One of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations, Sydney offers a perfect getaway for the entire family. Located by the coast, this multicultural city is a great place to soak up the sun while having fun in the sand and surf, while the many museums, parks and shopping and entertainment venues offer countless hours of excitement. Though the city boasts modern development, it is also home to areas that let you experience the country’s rich natural heritage such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

Located near the iconic Opera House, these famous gardens were inaugurated in 1816 and look out across Sydney Harbour. Covering an area of around 30 hectares, it is the country’s oldest botanic garden and is bordered by a scenic area known as the Domain. Home to an extensive array of plants, with special focus on species from Australia and the South Pacific region, the gardens offer an idyllic getaway.

Entry into the Royal Botanic Gardens is free and visitors have various sections that they can choose to explore. The Rainforest Walk gives you the chance to see how native plants form the balance of a rainforest ecosystem, while those heading to the Herb Garden can view herbs from different parts of the world which are used for everything from medicine to cooking. Those who love the beauty of flowering plants can visit the Begonia Garden and the Palace Rose Garden which features close to 2,000 colourful roses.

Not to be missed is a visit to the award-winning, ‘Cadi Jam Ora: First Encounters’ where you can learn about the Aboriginal heritage which is very much interlinked with nature. This section is where you can see native vegetation along with a display of the First Farm, which showcases initial farming practices used by Europeans.

The Rare and Threatened Plants Garden, Old Mill Garden & Greenway Terrace, Pioneer Garden and the Australian Native Rockery are among the other sections worth visiting. The Royal Botanic Gardens is also where you will find the glass pyramid shaped, Sydney Tropical Centre, where visitors can get up close with exotic plant life from the tropics.

Those looking for a luxury hotel in Sydney that makes an ideal base from which to explore the city and such sites of interest as the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens can choose The Langham Sydney. Located in the Rocks area, this 5 star hotel Sydney is ideal for families, couples and business travellers.

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