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History of The Australian Botanic Garden

Showcasing approximately 4000 species of Australian native plants, the garden is part of the Royal Botanic Garden and Domain Trust and home to the Australian PlantBank, a major scientific research and conservation centre for NSW flora.

Fast Facts

The Australian Botanic Garden covers an area of 416 hectares (4,160,000 square metres).

The Garden is home to over 4000 native and introduced plant species.

Originally a farm, the Garden stands on land originally part of 3000 acres (12,140,569 square metres or 1214 hectares) first granted to Magistrate William Howe in 1818.

You can find a more detailed history of the Garden and its land here.

The Garden features a number of sculptures and other artworks spread across the entire site. You can discover more about the Garden's artwork here.

In the first years the Garden was open, patronage was around 100,000 people per year.

In 2011, the Garden's entry fee was abolished an visitation increased significantly. 2016 saw 400,000 people visit the Garden.