The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to spend time with family or friends on your next trip to Tasmania. Located close to the CBD and close to the River Derwent within the Queens Domain, you can easily access the Gardens for a day trip or a short visit. The gardens have a large variety of significant plants, some dating back to the 19th century. One of the most relaxing things to do in Hobart, be sure to visit the gardens for a wonderful day out.
History of the Gardens
The gardens cover around 14 hectares so be sure to give yourself enough time to see the whole area. Established in 1818 the Royal Botanical Gardens Tasmania are a wonderful piece of history in the city giving you another reason to visit. The gardens hold a large number of trees that date back to the 19th century and have a magnificent historic plant collections. Here you will find some incredible plants including the unique Kings Lomatia and the only Subantarctic Plant House in the world. The household plants from Subantarctic Islands are specially displayed in a climatically-controlled environment, featuring mists and chilly fogs to simulate their natural habitat.
Some of the main attractions at the gardens includes:
The Japanese garden was designed by Kanjiro Harada (Japan is actually Hobart’s sister city) and features water lilies in summer and cherry blossoms in spring. The Japanese gardens are very popular with locals for weddings which you can book if needed.
This is one of the most popular areas of the Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. It was developed in the 1840s by damming a natural stream and was initially used as a reservoir. The pond has played host to water lilies for more than a hundred years. Here you will find nymphae lilies that are dormant in winter and flourish in spring flowering in the summer.
Always a beautiful place to sit and relax the lily pond is a must visit area of the garden
This is a display feature to demonstrate the environmentally imaginative ways of reducing the effects of urban stormwater runoff on the environment. Here you will see some designs that not only look great but work effectively and could work well on your own home. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden is committed to water conservation and the environment. This display is part of the gardens overall water conservation plan.
Built in 1964 to replace the previous structure located on the southern side of the lily pond this area is home to some of Tasmania’s native ferns. Here you can see how much variety Tasmania has in fern species from tiny ferns to think larger ferns. In total there are over 30 species of ferns on display in this area.
Best during the summer and spring months the herb garden is a wonderful place to wonder through taking in the lovely smells. There is a large display of medical and culinary herbs on display in this area.
This free attraction in Hobart is a pleasant place to visit and is just an 8 minute drive from the Best Western Hobart. Although it’s better to visit the garden in Summer and Spring its still great to visit year round. Perfect for a nice day out or a picnic you are guaranteed to have a peaceful, relaxing stay in the Tasmanian gardens.