If you’re driving into Hobart, you can’t miss the lush landscape of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, located at the junction of the Tasman and Domain Highways. Step inside the 34.6 acre (14-hectare) gardens and explore the world’s only Subantarctic Plant House, as well as an extensive collection of Tasmanian plants, and everything from a Japanese garden to a vegie patch.
Hobart is a hub for Antarctic explorations and scientific investigations, and this has allowed the gardens to collect an incredible array of plants from subantarctic Macquarie Island. Kept in climate-controlled areas, the collection includes the strange King’s lomatia, which reproduces by cloning itself, and is only known to have one colony in the world.
Wander across the red lacquered bridges and past the cascading water in the Japanese gardens. Sit by the Lily Pond, created in 1840, or pick your way through the vegie patch run by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Gardening Australia program. Sample some of the garden’s specimens and produce at the restaurant.
The Cactus House is a great place to compare the different types of succulent plants that grow in different regions of the world, while the Greater Hobart and Tasmania East Coast collections give visitors a chance to identify plants they’ve seen locally. Stunning color is on show in the flowering displays at the Conservatory and the Fuchsia House.
For those interested in sustainability, the Rain Garden demonstrates a simple way to purify run-off water, before it reaches waterways. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens also carries out important conservation work, which includes saving seeds and propagating plants that were once plentiful in Tasmania but in recent times have become rarer.
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are located 1.2 miles (two kilometers) from central Hobart and there is free on-site parking. The gardens are open 365 days a year. Tours can be pre-arranged with a minimum of five people.
Situated in Hobart, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in New Town, this bed & breakfast is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from North Hobart Oval and within 3 miles (5 km) of Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Salamanca Market. Runnymede and Tasmanian Hockey Centre are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Sullivan's Cove, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Franklin Wharf and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in Sullivan's Cove, this luxury apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Franklin Wharf and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Hobart Oval, Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site and St. Mary's Cathedral. Tasmanian Hockey Centre and Domain Tennis Centre are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in North Hobart, this motel is within 2 miles (3 km) of North Hobart Oval, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Salamanca Market. Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site and Runnymede are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Situated in the business district, this apartment is within 2 miles (3 km) of Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site, Salamanca Market and Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Cascade Brewery is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.
Situated in North Hobart, this hotel is 3.8 mi (6.1 km) from Cascade Brewery and 14.1 mi (22.7 km) from Mt. Wellington.