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Free Things To Do in Tasmania

If you have extra time, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (Hobart) is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Tasmania
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    #3 in Tasmania
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Located approximately 13 miles west of Hobart, Wellington Park should be a top choice for outdoor enthusiasts staying in Hobart. This nature reserve is filled with picnic areas and forested gullies, which can be explored via a variety of trails. Hiking (or bushwalking) is the most common way to wander around this park, but for a greater thrill, visitors can get around by bike, horse or four-wheel drive vehicle. (Note: Bikes, horses and four-wheel drive vehicles can only be rented from operators outside the park.) Experienced climbers can also hike the Organ Pipes, a series of vertical rock buttresses situated on Mount Wellington.

    Recent travelers highly recommend visiting Wellington Park. Many were especially impressed with the views offered at the top of Mount Wellington, though a few cautioned that the park's hikes are a bit strenuous for novice hikers. Several also said that adequate clothing and snow gear are needed in the winter and suggest checking for road closures before arriving. Road closures for the park are updated daily on the City of Hobart's website. For bikers, visitors suggest joining the Mount Wellington Descent tour offered by Under Down Under Tours, which costs 75 Australian dollars (roughly $59) per adult and AU$65 (about $51) for kids between 8 and 16. Tour rates include equipment rentals and guide services.

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    Launceston Cataract Gorge & First Basin (Launceston)
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    #4 in Tasmania
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Staying in Launceston in northeastern Tasmania? Then you'll want to add the Launceston Cataract Gorge & First Basin to your itinerary. Situated less than 3 miles from downtown Launceston, this natural wonder is brimming with fun pursuits, from hiking trails to a swimming pool to the world's longest single-span chairlift. You'll also find a suspension bridge that links the South Esk River's banks.

    Previous visitors raved about this attraction's "beautiful" views and abundant activities and amenities, adding that it's a great option for families. Must-dos include walking across the suspension bridge, watching the property's resident peacocks, having a picnic lunch and riding the chairlift (for a fee). To make the most of your time here (while saving a little money), some travelers suggest opting for a one-way chairlift ride across the gorge and walking back.

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    Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (Hobart)
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    #7 in Tasmania
    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    When you're in need of a low-key activity after spending multiple days trekking through Tasmania's national parks or along the Three Capes Track, spend an hour or two at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Nestled within Hobart's Queens Domain neighborhood by the Derwent River, this outdoor oasis features multiple gardens – including ones that house indigenous species, herbs and cactuses – spread throughout more than 34 acres. A conservatory, a lily pond and the world's only subantarctic plant house (which mimics the cold, wet conditions plants native to the subantarctic islands thrive in) are also located on-site.

    Past visitors praised this attraction's relaxed atmosphere and beautiful gardens, adding that the regional gardens (filled with plants from Tasmania, New Zealand, China and Japan) were especially impressive. However, a few who visited in winter (between June and August) felt let down by the property's lack of blooming plants. To increase your chances of seeing flowers, arrive during Australia's spring season (September through November).

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