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The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Inside the Tide Exhibition


Every day, 8am to 4pm Tuesday 24 May to Sunday 31 July

Step inside this spectacular world of aquatic delights in our new immersive exhibition.

Combining the theatrical with horticulture, this exhibition creates a surreal, magical and playful display. Telling the stories of hero plants in three aquatic communities: Kelp Forests, Coral Reefs and Seagrass Meadows, wander through what feels like an under the sea experience and watch a pantomime come to life. Come face to face with giant sea creatures like the topiary blue whale, a chandelier of jellyfish or blue ringed octopus with interactive elements both children and adults will enjoy.

This year's display has also enlisted the help of hundreds school children from across NSW, who in 2021 created Codium seaweeds when undertaking educational workshops with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney learning about the threats to coastal environments and how to best care for habitats.

Inside the Tide has over 20,000 plants on display and one of the largest living green walls in the Southern Hemisphere. Curated by the horticultural team at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and presented in partnership with Erth.

While you're visiting, let your kids explore the kid's corner where they can discover life's enchanting characteristics in the ocean. Activities include First Nations fishing, seagrass yoga and much more.

Covid-safe information

The Calyx will be observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a fitted face mask is mandatory while you are in any of our indoor spaces. The Calyx is restricted to 200 people within the venue, so please be patient.


Safeguarding the health and safety of our visitors and staff is core to what we do at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.  

For entry prior to 15 December, all attendees are required to sign into the program via the QR code provided and all attendees aged 16 and over are required to show proof of vaccination (two doses) or proof of medical exemption, as per NSW Government guidelines 

Masks are required at all times. 

It is the attendee’s responsibility to ensure that all attendees associated with their booking are complying with the latest requirements of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Website, which takes precedence over these guidelines. 

  • bring proof of vaccination (two doses) or proof of medical exemption, as per NSW Government Guidelines 

  • do not currently have an active COVID-19 infection 

  • have not been in contact with someone diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are under instruction from NSW Health to isolate. 

  • are not awaiting a test result for COVID-19 

  • are not showing any symptoms related to COVID-19 

We will continue to monitor the advice of NSW Health and update our guidance as appropriate.

Thank you for your support as we all work together to keep our community COVIDSafe.

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