Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney: Our most recommended tours and activities

Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour

1. Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour

The critically acclaimed and wildly popular Madama Butterfly returns to the Handa on Sydney Harbour stage. Under the stars, with fireworks every night as well as pop up bars and eateries, this is “the most impressive outdoor event in Australia… You don’t need to understand opera to understand what makes the occasion great” (Concrete Playground). Take your seats overlooking ‘Paradise’ – complete with a bamboo grove, a giant moon, and a rising sun floating in the harbour. The picture-perfect backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge twinkles with thousands of city lights as night falls. For innocent Cio-Cio-San, love flutters on wings of desire. For brash Pinkerton, a flight of fancy is irresistible. On their wedding night, passions ignite. Yet, how ephemeral is their ecstatic embrace? Puccini’s intimate ode to unrequited love has always been shocking. East meets West, devotion meets disregard, expectation meets disappointment. In the clash, Cio-Cio-San’s dreams shatter. Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour is a “five star world-beating triumph, surely one of the most spectacular outdoor operas ever staged anywhere” (Time Out). Join us for Sydney’s best night out. 24 March to 23 April 2023 Tuesday to Sunday at 7:30pm (no performance on Good Friday, 7 April) Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point

Sydney: Iconic Sights 4-Hour Bike Tour

2. Sydney: Iconic Sights 4-Hour Bike Tour

Experience Sydney at its finest on this dynamic and entertaining Sydney Classic tour. Marvel at the different facets of Sydney, as you take in the iconic sights which make Sydney famous, and other hidden treasures that this beautiful city has to offer. Our knowledgeable guides will give you all the information you need to understand and enjoy Sydney to the fullest. Relax whilst we transport you to your different destinations and give you a complete picture of Sydney. We'll take you to see the iconic multi-purpose performing arts centre, Sydney Opera House. You’ll also enjoy the dazzling scenery at Sydney Harbour, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Enjoy a stroll along the popular Darling Harbour and through the Royal Botanic Gardens where you will get to see Australia’s own unique Flying Foxes. You can also enjoy the picturesque gardens in Sydney’s own Hyde Park, the Anzac War Memorial, and have the chance to experience the urban locality and cultural gem that is Sydney’s Chinatown. Following this you will also see Sydney’s tallest free-standing structure, the Sydney Tower, Parliament House, and the historic Queen Victoria Building. You can also indulge your artistic side at Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of NSW. In addition to this there are over 30 more great attractions you can experience and explore on this exciting journey. You even get the chance to stop for a moment at a warm friendly pub as a half way point on the tour.

Sydney: Private Customizable Tour with Transfer

3. Sydney: Private Customizable Tour with Transfer

Discover Sydney alongside a friendly local and see the best of the city on a private, customizable tour. Get insider tips on visiting the main attractions of the city as well as the more eclectic places that tourists don’t usually see. Choose to see historic landmarks such as The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, soak up up the sun on Bondi Beach, or explore Darling Harbour. The choice is yours as you can personalize this tour to your interests along with your knowledgable guide. Get some culture at a museum or gallery, or browse a vibrant market in one of Sydney’s fascinating neighborhoods. If hunger strikes, let your guide provide top tips on a local eatery for an authentic taste of Sydney’s cuisine.

Sydney Highlights 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

4. Sydney Highlights 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

Whether you are visiting Sydney for the first time, have friends coming to town, or are setting up a group activity, Bonza Bikes is ready to show you a good time! Sit back on one of our super-comfortable bikes, while our expert Bonza guides show you the way. This 2.5-hour tour is perfect for those short on time, or who want to see the highlights only. We have carefully planned routes that ride in the streets for a minimal amount of time. Instead, we take you through parks, harbor fronts, and sidewalks. Our guides will give you great tips on what to do while in town, what's on and where, and where are the best places to eat. Hop on the Sydney Highlights tour to experience the essentials of Sydney. We will take you on a super easy ride featuring stunning harbor views as we pedal past Circular Quay, the piers at Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. There is no better way to get a quick feel for the city. An all-round entertaining and informative experience, you will meet other travellers from around the world for an experience to remember forever!

Sydney: Botanic Garden Self-Guided Adventure Hunt for Kids

5. Sydney: Botanic Garden Self-Guided Adventure Hunt for Kids

Are you ready for your next Adventure? Recommended for families with kids (ages 4-10) After booking, you will receive your play links via email or SMS. There is no need to meet a guide - You decide when you would like to play the adventure and head to the start location (Morshead Fountain Gates). Once at the start location - You and your team click on the play links on your mobile to begin your adventure and you'll start to solve the cryptic clues. Each clue once solved leads you to a secret location. This is a great trail for a family day out in a beautiful interactive environment. Kids will learn interesting facts and parents will enjoy a scenic adventure through the Botanical Gardens. The Mad Botanist trail is perfect if you are looking for an activity that will spark imagination and challenge young minds. The Mad Botanist has just escaped from his secret laboratory nearby. He is in the final stages of mixing his dangerous potion and needs one final ingredient to create a deadly plant species never seen before on Earth. Very special and rare plants are at risk from his deadly experimentations and time is running out! Professor Whiz needs your help to find the last ingredient and stop the Mad Botanist from succeeding with his evil plans. It won’t be easy; the gardens are tricky to navigate and clues need to be solved. Quick!! What are you waiting for? Your first clue is waiting… Start Location - Morshead Fountain Gates - Cahill Expressway, Sydney NSW 2000 Finish Location – You finish in the centre of The Botanic Gardens. There is a great garden café nearby. If you want some tips on where to eat afterward then get in touch or check the ultimate guide you will see at the end of the trail. Duration - 1-2 hours (may vary depending on how much time you spend at rest breaks) Go solo or play as a team - We recommend up to 4 players per team. If you want to play against another team then stagger your start times by 5 minutes, which is a great idea for large parties and team building. Play links are valid for 6 months after purchase making it a super flexible option.

Sydney: Royal Botanic Gardens Smartphone Scavenger Hunt

6. Sydney: Royal Botanic Gardens Smartphone Scavenger Hunt

Step into the blooming Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney to get lost in its winding paths. Bring your friends along to take part in a scavenger hunt by simply following directions on your smartphone. Get in touch with nature and admire incredible views of Sydney Harbour. After booking, you will receive your link to play via email or SMS. Head over to the starting location and begin your adventure. Receive clues along the way and solve each mystery to unlock your next location, coming across the park's hidden gems and ultimate viewpoints. Unwind from the stress of city life as you run all around the lush gardens. Start the game at any time and even play against other teams if you wish to. Just stagger your start time by 5 minutes. Finish near The Art Gallery of New South Wales, with a great garden café nearby.

Sydney: See Sydney in Style Guided Private Day Tour

7. Sydney: See Sydney in Style Guided Private Day Tour

Enjoy the freedom and luxury of a fully escorted private tour taking in all the Famous Sydney landmarks - the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Historic Rocks District plus much more! Starting at The Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, you'll find amazing views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge along the Harbour foreshore. Get to know some of the older, unique Sydney inner city localities and visit Woolloomooloo to stop at the iconic Sydney Food Truck, Harry’s Café De Wheels for a snack. No tour of Sydney is complete without visiting the Historic Rocks, Walsh Bay and Dawes Point areas where the settlement of Sydney started in 1788. Your knowledgeable local guide will tell you about Sydney’s fascinating Colonial, Convict History as you explore this unique area. During the tour, you will learn about the Aboriginal, First Nations People and the oldest living culture on the planet and visit sites that are of significance to the local Indigenous People. You will visit beautiful beached including Bondi in the East and Manly in the North. At Manly beach on the northside you will enjoy stops at stunning headlands, lookouts, hidden bays plus many more ‘secret spots’ off the main tourist track. At Bondi Beach in the East you will get an feel for laid-back Aussie Beach Culture and will have plenty of time to wander along the golden sand and even dip your feet in the pristine water if you choose to.

Sydney: Luxury Half Day Highlights Private Tour

8. Sydney: Luxury Half Day Highlights Private Tour

Looking for the Perfect introduction to Sydney? This top rated, half day Private Tour is the best way to see all the major attractions and sights in, and around Sydney. If you are in Sydney for a Short Stay, Layover or arriving on a Cruise Ship then this tour is the perfect way to see the best of Sydney in a short period of time. This 4 hour half day Private Tour, available for morning or afternoon sessions, takes in the major attractions and sights in and around Sydney. Visit all the famous landmarks including the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach and much more. See Sydney's most interesting and vibrant districts where you will learn about the unique history of Sydney and discover the historic Rocks region where European settlement of Sydney began in 1788. Learn about the Australian Aboriginal First Nations People - the oldest living culture on the planet during visits to significant sites in Sydney Harbour National Park. Enjoy relaxed walks at delightful hidden beaches, bays and secret locations off the main tourist track. During the tour, there are plenty of stops along the way so that you can get to experience the 'Real Sydney' and immerse yourself in the unique, relaxed Australian Culture. Your enthusiastic guide is a Sydney born and bred local who will show you the best Sydney has to offer.

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What people are saying about Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 175 reviews

Loved the Bloomin' Botanic trail. The adventure clues we played as teams with family and it was nice to stop at the café which is located on the route - Super fun solving the clues and discovering new parts of Sydney!

Was an awesome experience the 4 hours flew by Jobi was a brilliant guide with lots of excellent information would highly recommend.

Great performance , music and the set magnificent congratulation to all the people that put this production

A great opera event at a perfect location. Definitely a great memory.

Very enjoyable and educational tour through Sydney