Easily rivalling its mainland counterparts in beauty, diversity and design, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is a wonderful place to wander and while away a few hours in a tranquil setting. Lose yourself in the ambience of the themed gardens and pack a picnic to enjoy on the lawns when it’s time to sit back and soak it all in.
Founded in 1818, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is the second-oldest botanic garden in Australia next to Sydney’s. Since then, it has become a popular place for leisure activities and relaxation in a lush setting of native and exotic trees, plants and blooms.
Today the gardens are home to over 6,000 species, varieties and cultivars of plants grouped in dozens of different collections throughout the grounds. The Tasmanian Plant Collection is a wonderful place to get acquainted with plants indigenous to the island state.
Other must-see features include the exquisite Japanese Garden complete with species native to Japan, waterwheel, bridges and tea house. The Sub Antarctic Plant House also consistently surprises and delights visitors with its climate controlled environment and array of flora from the Sub Antarctic region, while The Conservatory with its glass roof, sandstone fountain and vibrant pops of colour will captivate all who enter.
While picnicking in the gardens is a wonderful experience, you can also opt to take in the views over lunch at either the Succulent restaurant or the laid back Sprout Cafe situated within the grounds.
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is located at Queens Domain, just two kilometres north of Hobart’s CBD. Nearby attractions include the remnants of Beaumaris Zoo (across from the main garden entrance) where the last ever Tasmanian tiger once lived in captivity, and the stunning 1857 sandstone Government House on the northerly border of the gardens which displays a beautiful example of Gothic Revival architecture.