The Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens is a well-loved location, demonstrated by the fact that it attracts over 450,000 visitors per year. Located on the edge of Hobart, the Gardens have sweeping views of the River Derwent and 14 hectares of world-class cool climate gardens.
Established in 1818 in the early years of the colony’s development, it is one of the oldest botanic gardens in Australia, second only to the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney.
The Gardens offers a number of unique exhibitions, including the Tasmanian Native Collection, which holds many of the state’s endemic plants. It is also home to a stunning conservatory and the world’s only Subantarctic Plant House, as well as the peaceful Japanese Garden, which is beautiful year-round with cherry blossom in spring, and the beautiful reds, oranges and yellows of the Japanese maples in autumn.
The traditional Herb Garden is a partially raised garden constructed of recycled heritage sandstone blocks, where visitors can walk along the paths and have their senses stimulated by the aromatic scents and sights. The Community Garden is famous for the long-serving and very popular ‘Pete’s Patch’, which featured on ABC’s Gardening Australia.
Situated among the greenery is the Visitor Centre, where guests can browse the Botanical Shop for souvenirs and locally made gifts. Here you will also find Succulent Restaurant, which offers guests delicious lunches and wines while overlooking the Gardens, and Sprout Café for great coffee, ice-cream, pies, cakes and other takeaway options.
In 2018 the Gardens will celebrate its bicentenary, and will host a range of events and activities to celebrate the milestone. These will include a contemporary development in the popular Lily Pond, local theatre in the Gardens and a horticultural display commemorating the 200 years of picturesque natural beauty.
The Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens open daily from 8am with a donation on entry, which contributes to inspiring, celebrating and championing biodiversity and plant conservation.
Queens Domain, Lower Domain Road, Hobart 7000
Tel: +613 6165 0451
Images courtesy of Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens