Royal Botanic Garden and the Domain
One of Sydney's best spots for a romantic ramble, the walled Royal Botanic Garden, founded in 1816, features an exotic mix of Australian natives, palms, fig trees, cacti, and succulents, as well as glass houses, a shop, airy cafés, and the sleek Botanic Gardens Restaurant. Aboriginal Heritage Tours take place Fridays at 10 a.m. New flora gallery/conservatory the Calyx opens in 2016. The Garden is fringed by verdant expanse the Domain, which boasts striking views of the city skyline (akin to New York's Central Park vistas) and overlooks the ultra-blue harbor. From here you can stroll to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Andrew Boy Charlton Pool, or the Sydney Opera House and take a break to sip bubbly at the Opera Bar outside.