Planning your excursion

To make the most of your day in the Garden and to ensure everyone comes prepared, here's everything you need to know when planning your excursion with the Botanic Gardens of Sydney.

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Send a request for a school excursion booking for your preferred dates and times. Thank you for your interest in booking an excursion.

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Early learningUp to 15 students (maximum per session)$280
KindergartenUp to 20 students$280
Up to 40 students$560
Up to 60 students (maximum per session)$840
Stage 1 - 6Up to 30 students$420
Up to 60 students$840
Up to 90 students (maximum per session)$1,260

Discounts apply for full day programs!

When booking a second session in a day, a 15% discount will be applied to the second session.

Getting here

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

The easiest access to Rathborne Lodge is via the Woolloomooloo Gate on Mrs Macquaries Road. Once you enter the gate, follow the path straight ahead towards PlantClinic. Rathborne Lodge is the sandstone building to the right.

We encourage visitors to use public transport to and from the Garden:

  • Train:exit via St James, Martin Place or Circular Quay stations
  • Ferry:walk from Circular Quay
  • Bus: there is a bus drop off/pick up bay at Woolloomooloo Gate on Mrs Macquaries Road. For timetables, maps and to plan your trip, visit

Accessible needs parking is available. Please contact us for more information.

Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan

The Australian Botanic Garden is located in the suburb of Mount Annan, which is 57km south-west of the Sydney CBD and about a 45 minute drive. 

For programs starting at PlantBank please enter via Narellan Road. For programs starting at the Bowden Centre, buses are welcome to enter via Narellan Road or Mount Annan Drive.

Bus parking can be found behind the Bowden Centre on Yandel'ora Circuit. For PlantBank programs, free car parking can be found at P2. For Bowden Centre programs, free car parking can be found at P3.

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah

The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is 105km west of Sydney, about a two-hour drive from the CBD.

Driving from Sydney: From the CBD, cross the harbour heading north and follow the M2 motorway onto the M7 motorway. Take the Richmond Road exit towards Richmond. Follow the signs to Blue Mountains and follow Bells Line of Road from Richmond to the Garden.

Driving from Lithgow: Drive along Chifley Road from Lithgow to Bell. Continue on Bells Line of Road from Bell to the Garden. The Garden is about a 40-minute drive from Lithgow.

Please note due its location, the Garden is not accessible by public transport.

Risk assessment

Download the Excursion Risk Assessment for school excursions and community programs.

Frequently asked questions

What happens if the weather is bad?

The Botanic Gardens love the rain, so we believe there’s no such thing as ‘bad weather’.

Our programs go ahead in all-weather, so we recommend that both students and teachers come prepared for the weather forecast. Please see our Terms and conditions for more information about weather and cancellations or date rescheduling.

Botanic Gardens of Sydney will cancel a program if – storms, lightning, high winds and poor air quality would endanger participants or if any warnings or orders to stay indoors are issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, NSW Health or another public authority AND an excursion cannot be modified to run completely indoors.

Botanic Gardens of Sydney will modify a program if this can be done without the program itinerary being significantly affected, and the visiting group agrees. Decisions are based on Bureau of Meteorology advice or health warnings to at-risk people e.g. those with asthma.

Please see our Extreme weather guidelines for more information. 

How will the program run with my class group?

We have a Botanic Gardens educator-to-student ratio of 1:30. If you’re booking in for a group larger than 30, your group will be split into smaller groups of 30 or fewer with a Botanic Gardens educator each. 

Your students will complete the same program in the same timeframe but in a rotation of activities.

How many teachers/parent helpers can I bring?

We require a minimum of 1 teacher or parent helper per 30 students. Please keep in mind that behaviour management and duty of care remain the responsibility of the school at all times.

Additional teachers or parent helpers are welcome to attend free of charge.

How can I book an excursion?

To book an excursion with us, please complete our booking request form via our website.

In this form, you can provide up to three preferred dates and your preferred start time as well as all the other necessary information we need to put together a booking for you.

What time do your programs start?

Our programs have flexible start times to suit your transport needs. Your preferred start times can be selected in the booking request form.

If you are booking two sessions in a day please keep in mind we require a minimum 30-minute break between sessions.

How many students can I bring?

We can take a maximum of 90 students in a 2-hour session or 180 students in a day, split into morning and afternoon sessions. If you have more than 180 students, you will need to book for multiple dates.

When should we arrive?

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your program to allow time for recess/lunch and bathroom breaks. This will ensure your program can start on time.

Where is the best place to drop off and pick up students from the bus?

A map will be provided for your booking showing the location of the bus bay and where the bus can park for the duration of the excursion. Maps of each Garden can also be found above under 'Meeting points'.

Can we access the Gardens via public transport?

Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan: Public transport isn’t recommended. There is free parking onsite.

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden: Public transport isn’t recommended. There is free parking onsite.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney: Yes, the closest train stations are Martin Place, St James and Circular Quay. The closest ferry terminal is Circular Quay. 

Where are the closest bathrooms?

All sites have bathrooms, including an accessible bathroom, at the meeting point. Please speak to your Botanic Gardens educator at the start of your program and they will direct you.

Where can we have recess and/or lunch?

There are large lawn spaces available at each Garden near to the meeting point that booked groups are welcome to use for recess and/or lunch. 

Please encourage students to bring lunches with limited packaging and make sure that all rubbish is disposed of thoughtfully.

Where can we leave our bags?

We recommend that students bring a small tote bag with only their recess and/or lunch as Botanic Gardens of Sydney do not take responsibility for the loss or damage of any valuables during your excursion. 

Bags can be left at the meeting point at each Garden. Please speak to your Botanic Gardens educator at the start of your program and they will direct you.

What should we bring?

We recommend that both students and teachers come prepared with the following:

  • Comfortable and enclosed walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Packed lunch (please think about limiting plastic packaging)
  • Umbrella/raincoat
Are excursions accessible?

Yes, we will always do our best to ensure that our excursions are accessible to meet your students' needs.

If you have students with additional needs, please get in touch with us prior to your visit to discuss accessibility options for your excursion so that we can make the experience a safe, fair, and enjoyable one for all students!