National Parks / Natural World
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Hobart
Where are we going today?
There is something really lovely about spending the day out with your family in nature, at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens give you the perfect excuse to do just that!
Don't think gardens are just a summer activity either - this one is beautiful no matter what time of year!
These Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens have a huge collection of amazing plant species - and some of them historic too! Did you know that many of the trees actually date back to the nineteenth century?
It's not just the plants that have a history, but the site itself. Before the Europeans settled in the area, there were actually local Aboriginal tribes that used the site, and there are still traces of their lives there to this day! You might even come across two walls which were actually built by convicts too.
Then of course, there is the garden itself! Not only are there beautiful parklands and trees to really explore, but there are specialised gardens and collections which can really give you an insight into some beautiful species.
Kids will love the colours in the Japanese garden, or perhaps they want to see the detail in the Chinese collection. The Lily Pond is always a favourite too, and the pond itself was formed all the way back in 1840!
What is always a popular area for families, too, is the Tasmanian Community Food Garden. It's often used on television food shows, and it's a great way for kids to really learn where their food comes from. (And no - not the supermarket!)
Enjoy your relaxing and educational day out in Tasmanian nature!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsGold coin donation
- ChildrenGold coin donation
When can we go?
8am - 5pm or 6:30pm (seasonally)
Daily, all year round.
It's a great place for kids to have fun and learn, so give them a call to discuss school field trips! .
There is a restaurant where you can get some tasty lunch, and there are snacks in the visitor centre.
They sell bottled water and healthy food so great to stay energised!.
Any Top Tips?
Check out what's on at the start of your day so you can plan your day around it.
Doing our bit
They have created something special not only for the plants but for visitors. .
Need a little extra help?
Most of the paths are suitable for wheelchairs, and you can book wheelchairs for free at the Visitor Centre. .
Can I get one of those?
There of course is a shop! It's located in the video centre, and has a range of Tasmanian merchandise, as well as botanical gifts. .
The shop has different opening hours to the gardens - often slightly later .
What people are saying?
by Erland Howden
Great spot. Pretty lawns for a picnic and lots of cool little pathways through different botanical environments.
by Bauson Brook
Stunning and well maintained gardens. Loved the No Dig garden display, but it wasn't listed on the map. Looking forward to seeing the new Community Garden. The conservatory building was stunning, and the Friends of the Garden display really interesting. The coffee was great :)
by Joe Gonzales
The place is terrific. Corey, the volunteer who greets the visitors through the gate in Lower Domain Road was very kind to ask us what we want to see, provided us a map and point the highlights of the garden. Interesting parts of the garden are the Huon pine display (the oldest organism to grow - up to 2000 years), the Japanese garden, native collection, Chinese collection, rain forest collection, herbarium, cafe and the numerous different giant old trees such as the 140 years old red Sequoia tree. Allow more time to appreciate the place.
by Remy Virgo
On the whole, a decent experience.
The guy at the gate was a bit too chatty though.
I support his greeny agenda, but I don't want to hear about it on my honeymoon!
by Liz Schultz
Have been here many times over the years and have always enjoyed it. Food and service standards very good and the ambience always great. In summer it's best to book to ensure a table.