The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust is a statutory body established under the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust Act 1980. The Trust is responsible for the management and stewardship of The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, The Domain, The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah.
According to a 2018 report from Deloitte Access Economics, the Trust contributes around $140 million to the NSW economy each year, supports more than 1,100 jobs and contribute more than $180 million in social and cultural contributions annually. The Board of Trustees is appointed by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces.
The Trust is responsible for the management and stewardship of:
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is Australia’s oldest living scientific institution, beginning its life in 1816. The Garden encompasses 30 hectares and is the oldest botanic garden in Australia, home to an outstanding collection of more than 27,000 plants from around the world.
Attracting more than five million visits each year, the Garden is one of the top ten most visited destinations in Australia for international visitors and was named New South Wales' Major Tourist Attraction of the Year for the last two years running at the New South Wales Tourism Awards. As well as hosting an engaging program of events such as Vivid and New Year’s Eve, the Garden is a national leader in digital and public engagement.
The Domain encompasses 34 hectares of urban parkland wraps around the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. It is endowed with significant natural and cultural heritage values and plays a central role in Sydney’s festivals and cultural events, as well as the recreational and sporting pursuits of city workers and residents.
The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan showcases the enormous diversity of Australian flora. Covering 416 hectares between Camden and Campbelltown in Sydney’s south-west, it is Australia’s largest botanic garden. The Trust’s plant conservation research facilities are based at the Garden, including the award-winning Australian PlantBank which houses the New South Wales Seedbank.
The Australian Botanic Garden will become the new home of the National Herbarium of NSW. The new Australian Institute of Botanical Science will also be anchored by the Australian Plantbank – positioning New South Wales as a global leader in botanic sciences. The Australian Institute of Botanical Science will focus on providing solutions to issues such as food security and climate change, as well as providing jobs and educational opportunities, within this major recreational space for the rapidly growing Macarthur region.
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah is situated 1,000 metres above sea level in the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains. It features 28 hectares of manicured gardens showcasing cool climate plants from around the world. Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands is leading a strategy to increase tourism and overnight stays from Richmond through to Lithgow, Bathurst and beyond, working closely with Destination NSW, local councils and businesses.
The Trust incorporates Australia’s oldest scientific institution, and one of the country’s leading international tourism businesses. It brings together a world-leading staff with expertise in the fields of science, horticulture, public space activation, visitor experience, digital engagement, tourism, planning, major project delivery, commercial investment, sustainable resource and asset management, sport and recreation.