Royal Botanical Gardens

Take a peaceful walk in beautiful royal gardens just a short stroll from Hobart.

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The Conservatory - Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Michelle Lang

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Andrew Ross

The Lilly Pond - Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Andrew Ross

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
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The Japanese Garden - Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Liz & Chris Graham

Government House
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Royal Botanical Gardens

The Lilly Pond - Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Tasmania, AustraliaOther botanical gardens across Australia may be bigger, but none pack a punch like the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. This incredibly beautiful patch of land was established back in 1818 and is just a short stroll from Hobart CBD. You’ll be greeted by a visitor centre which offers up a restaurant, shop and gallery of ever-changing exhibits featuring local artists. The grounds contain some one-of-a-kind exhibits and it’s all set on the banks of the River Derwent. There is no experience more quintessentially Tasmanian than the Royal Botanical Gardens. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Andrew Ross.

Getting There

You can find the gardens on the western banks of the River Derwent right at the base of the Tasman Bridge. It’s only 2 kilometres from the heart of Hobart CBD and the walk will take you a little more than 20 minutes. The drive from Launceston will take you 2.5 hours while the drive from Devonport will take you a little more than 3 hours. But it’s well worth the effort for these gardens which are free to the public and open 365 days a year.

Sub Antarctic Plant House

The Conservatory - Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Tasmania, AustraliaOne of the things that set this Royal Botanical Gardens apart from the others is its Sub Antarctic Plant House. Hobart is home base to the exploration of the seventh continent, making these botanical gardens the perfect setting for this one-of-a-kind facility. There’s literally nothing else like it on planet Earth.

The interior of this modern building is made to mimic the environments of sub Antarctic Islands in the high southern latitudes. You’ll be hit with a wall of cold fog and you’ll have to enjoy the endemic plants through the mist. It’s a great way to cool off in the summer, but you still might want to bring a sweater. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Michelle Lang.

Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden - Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Tasmania, AustraliaShiny red wooden bridges take you across streams to cascading waterfalls in the Japanese garden. The Lily Pond was quite fittingly created back in 1840. That just so happens to be the year that the world-famous French Impressionist Claude Monet was born, and he, of course, is famous for his Lily Pond paintings. This incredibly serene garden is a great place to find solitude, meditate or simply detached from modern life.Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Liz & Chris Graham.

Arthur Wall, Herb Garden, Cactus House and The Patch

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Tasmania, AustraliaThese botanical gardens have been here for more than a century and you can marvel at some of Hobart’s early innovations. Take a peaceful walk along the historic Arthur Wall. Drag your hand along the wall and then lightly knock to find the structure is hollow. The interior of the wall used to be heated to allow for the growth of tropical plants in the garden’s yesteryears.

The herb garden offers intoxicatingly tranquil aromas as if walking along the River Derwent in a garden wasn’t peaceful enough. Once you’ve gotten your fill of aromatherapy, head on over to the Cactus House to experience a stunning array of succulents. Then check out the Garden Patch to see how local food is grown for those in need. And after being inspired by your stroll through the garden, shop at the visitor centres for gardening tools, books and seeds. Image thanks t Tourism Tasmania & Geoff Murray.

Tasmanian East Coast Collections

The Tasmanian East Coast Collection is a great way to familiarize yourself with the flora of the Tasmanian island. Here you’ll be able to see many of the state’s endemic plants that you’ll experience on your travels. It’ll help you identify plants like the Huon Pine, Deciduous Beech and the Eucalyptus Regnans (the largest flowering plant and the second tallest tree in the world).

Commitment to Education

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Tasmania, AustraliaYou’ll be receiving an education at the botanical gardens whether you realize it or not. For instance, the Rain Garden is an illustrative display that shows you how to purify runoff water for use in your garden before it hits runoff waterways.

Keep an eye on the garden’s website because the facility is constantly hosting different educational events. The organization is currently in an NBN Partnership for a program called Growing our Future which educates and trains students from around the state. Different sound and light shows, as well as community outreach events, are always being hosted at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Paul Sinclair.

What to do

Royal Botanical Gardens

Red Decker 48 hour City Loop + Cascade Brewery

Hobart

Join the official sightseeing tour of Hobart bound for Australia’s oldest brewery, the Cascade Brewery. Established in 1824, it is still producing Australia’s oldest beer, Cascade Pale Ale. Your fully guided brewery tour will explore the brewing process, historic buildings and heritage gardens, finishing with product tastings.

Your 48-hour CITY LOOP ticket allows you to rejoin the official sightseeing tour of Hobart; choose from 20 different stops featuring the best sights and attractions in and around Hobart. Hop-on and hop-off as many times as you like, or stay on board and do the 90-minute city loop tour – the choice is yours! Our open-top double decker buses provide unrivalled views of this beautiful city, including local landmarks such as the River Derwent, Tasman Bridge and Mt Wellington as well as an abundance of colonial architecture and city streetscapes.

 

The City Loop operates between 20 popular locations including the MONA ferry terminal at Brooke Street Pier, Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Wrest Point Casino, Sandy Bay Village, Cascade Brewery, Cascades Female Factory, Hobart CBD, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Maritime Museum of Tasmania, The Tench Penitentiary Chapel, Hobart Aquatic Centre, The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Victoria Docks.

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Red Decker 48 hour City Loop + Mt Wellington

Enjoy the best top-deck sights onboard the Red Decker open-top double decker buses, then join our Shuttle Bus to the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington. Experience spectacular views of Hobart and beyond.

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Where to Stay

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MACq 01 Hotel

Hobart - South East

Located in Sullivan's Cove, this hotel is within 2 km of Hobart Cruise Terminal and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 5 km.

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Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

Hobart - South East

Located in Sullivan’s Cove, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 5 km.
This apartment building features a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar/lounge. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include a 24-hour business center, a conference center, and self parking.
Each apartment offers free WiFi and free wired Internet, an LCD TV with satellite channels, plus a refrigerator and a coffee/tea maker. Added amenities include 24-hour room service, a DVD player, and a minibar.

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Fountainside Hotel

Hobart - South East

Located in the heart of Hobart, this motel is within 2 km of Theatre Royal, Salamanca Market, and Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Cascade Brewery is 4.2 km away.

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The Henry Jones Art Hotel

Hobart - South East

Located in Sullivan's Cove, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Franklin Wharf and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 5 km.

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