Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart

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Established almost two centuries ago, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens overlooks the Derwent River and the Tasman Bridge. These gardens hold historic plant collections and a large number of significant native and exotic trees and flowers, many dating back to the 19th century. At this location, you can visit the world's only Sub Antarctic Plant House, where plants from the islands located in high southern latitudes are displayed in climatically-controlled habitats mirroring the natural conditions of their native environments. Take a short walk from the city center to see the site's historic convict-built walls, or picnic on the grass. Make sure to stop by the visitor center, which houses a small restaurant, souvenir shop, and a gallery with regularly changing displays. Use our Hobart trip planner to arrange your visit to Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and other attractions in Hobart.
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  • Very beautiful botanical gardens with some of the oldest trees we have ever seen. Very well maintained with help from lots of dedicated volunteers. Loved the Japanese Gardens, especially the Japanese ...  more »
  • It's really worth making the effort to go to this place. The plants, flowers and trees are all stunning, and there are different types of garden - e.g. Japanese - and lovely greenhouses which you can ...  more »
  • What a lovely place, sub arctic house really amazing. The succulents beautiful and also to see willomin pines  more »
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  • Well maintained, upgrading whilst being functional. Easy access, plenty of parking (on quieter days). Foliage provides shelter in weather. Plenty of space for children to be children, and couples to do their thing. Romantic and child friendly. Great eating facilities, for snack or meal, and good wandering with plenty of exotic and local flora.
  • Very well maintained botanical garden with plants from every corner of the world. The Japanese garden is a highlight and so it the Arctic green house exhibiting flora from colder climates (also great to cool off during a hot day). All in all a lovely park
  • Well worth a visit even for non-gardeners. Highlights include the Japanese Gardens and Tasmanian Community Food Garden. The Subantarctic Planthouse was smaller than we thought but still worth a look. Recommend everyone books a tour with the volunteer-run golf carts to get a good overview of the park before setting out on your own as most people won't have the time/energy to see everything on foot. The Gardens don't have a great reputation for good food so we opted to bring in a selection from a local bakery
  • I only went into the Japanese gardens but it is a beautiful place for a picnic. There are dozens of little ducklings swimming around with plenty of grass and shade. A great place for the kids to interact with wildlife.
  • Beautiful gardens. If you like your plants, you're gonna want to have a couple of hours up your sleeve. Would highly recommend bringing a small picnic and setting up near the Japanese garden and the French memorial garden. Huge collection of plants from all over the world!

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Hobart features a varied selection of budget and mid-range rooms located within striking distance of the central business district. You can choose from single rooms in small but comfortable hotels, or spacious suites with sweeping views of the Derwent River. If you want to avoid the central areas, look for rooms in North Hobart, where you can stay moments away from some of the city's finest restaurants. Throughout the city, backpacker hostels and pubs with rooms for rent provide another affordable alternative for those traveling on a shoestring.
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