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Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Australia - New South Wales - Sydney

Institution Code: NSW

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

About the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city, was established in 1816 and is the oldest scientific institution in Australia. It is home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas. Wrapped around Farm Cove at the edge of Sydney Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens occupy one of Sydney's most spectacular positions.

This garden is a BGCI Patron Member.

Main Address:
Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
Mrs Macquaries Road
New South Wales 2000 Australia

Telephone: 61-(0)2-9231-8111
Fax: 61-(0)2-9251-4403
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Brett Summerell, Acting Executive Director
    Curator's Name: Frances Jackson, Garden Manager
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Simon Goodwin, Garden Information Officer

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Y
    Status: Educational: Y
    Status: Trust: Y
  • Date founded: 1816
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 30 Hectares
    Latitude: -33.8644859
    Longitude: 151.217536
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 1000000
    Arboretum: Y
  • Seed Bank: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 3689735
    Number of Volunteers: 605

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 45124
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 10356
  • Special Collections:20 % of collection is Australian flora. Acacia, Araceae, Arecaceae, Bromeliaceae, Callistemon, Cactaceae, cycads, Eucalyptus, Fabaceae, Grevillea, Myrtaceae, Orchidaceae, Proteaceae, Rhododendron, Gondwanan taxa, Begonia, conifers, ferns, herbaceous peren

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Y
    Conservation - Genetics: Y
    Ecology: Y
    Education: Y
    Floristics: Y
    Horticulture: Y
    Molecular Genetics: Y
    Restoration Ecology: Y
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Y
    Land Restoration: Y
    Urban Environments: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for University/College Students: Y
    Courses for General Public: Y
    Education Programme: Y
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