Visiting the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is the perfect way to spend a day in Hobart. If you have time for a full day trip, there is lots to see and do. Take your time and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the endless gardens, showcasing Tasmanian flora, horticultural displays, as well as plants from across the world. Even if you don't have a full day, a short visit to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is a worthwhile way to relax among the beauty of this heritage garden.
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart is the second oldest botanical gardens in Australia and has historical sites reflecting its past including the Superintendent's house, built for Governor Arthur in 1828.
However, the main attraction in the botanical gardens is the incredible collection of flora. The gardens is made up of many collections, including the beautiful Japanese Gardens, the Lily Pond, the cactus collection and the Tasmanian Fernery.
There is even a subantarctic plant house, which is one of the most unusual collections in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Housed in a specially designed, climate controlled building, the subantarctic plant house showcases the flora of the subantarctic region, with an emphasis on the plants of Macquarie Island.
There's nothing quite like a picnic at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Take a picnic blanket and some food and relax with your family on the grass, or in one of the pergodas. If you don't have the time or means to prepare a picnic, there's food available on site. Succulent Restaurant has great food and views for sit down meals, while Sprout Cafe has ice cream, pies and more for those looking to grab a bite on the go as they continue on their discovery of the gardens.
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart is a wonderful place to visit with something for everyone. It's a family friendly outing that can be enjoyed by all.