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Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (Hobart)

#7 in Best Things To Do in Tasmania

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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).

The gardens are open every day, but hours vary seasonally. From May to August, the property welcomes visitors between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.; in April and September, the site is open until 5:30 p.m.; and from October to March, travelers are permitted to visit until 6:30 p.m. Hours for the on-site restaurant and gift shop vary by day and season. There is no fee to enter, but donations are encouraged. Free guided tours led by volunteers can be arranged, and complimentary parking is provided near two of the attraction's entrances (by the Lower Domain Highway and the Derwent Highway). Several Metro routes also stop within walking distance. For more information, check out the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden's website.

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