HOBART is the lovely, historic, capital city of Tasmania. The ROYAL HOBART BOTANICAL GARDENS are located just north east of the Hobart CBD. They are just off the A3 Tasman Highway near the famous Tasman Bridge. The gardens are a beautiful place to visit and show the positive effects of their long history. The attractions in the other parts of Hobart are shown in the other 7 Hobart pages.Nearby places are described in the REGION HOBART, REGION HUON, PONTVILLE, RICHMOND, Mt WELLINGTON, HOBART City, HOBART BELLERIVE, NORTH of HOBART, SOUTH of HOBART, BRUNY ISLAND, HUONVILLE, NEW NORFOLK and KEMPTON pages.
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FACILITIES: The Gardens are just north of the Hobart CBD. There is a cafe at the entrance. Hobart is the largest city in Tasmania with the largest shopping precinct. If you can't buy it in Hobart, then you are unlikely to be able to buy it in Tasmania. There is much accommodation in GREATER HOBART.
TOURIST information is located at 20 Davey Street, Hobart. The telephone is (03) 6230 8233
For PRIVATE GUIDES telephone (03) 6238 4222
SIGHT: The Royal Hobart Botanical Gardens are the oldest in Australia and contain some trees that are almost two centuries old. The keepers have been collecting plants for almost two centuries and when you walk in these Gardens, you get a feeling of deep beauty and serenity.
The Gardens have a new Japanese Garden, which are maintained by special arrangement with Japan. There is also an Antarctic Garden preserved in a special cold room. Finally there is a large hot house collection of tropical plants.
The famous TV garden show presenter, Peter Cundall, has his own vegetable patch here, which sometimes appears on his show.
ROUTE: The Gardens are located about a kilometre north east of the CBD. You can approach via the B36 Domain Highway from the north or the A3 Tasman Highway from the CBD in the south. You must be careful not to be diverted onto the Tasman Bridge, which leads to the eastern shore of BELLERIVE.
1/ The Royal Hobart Botanical Gardens are located just north of the Hobart CBD. They are over 160 years old and were a further development of the old colonial governor's residence. They show the effects of long range maturation in their trees and in the variety of plants on display. You can access the Gardens on the red tourist bus from Hobart City. The Gardens are served by a well stocked restaurant and there is a trolley for the disabled. I would recommend them to any aspirant gardener.
2/ The Gardens present a tremendous plethora of colours, textures and shapes in every direction that you can look.
3/ This is a long range view across the lawns. It shows how many shades of green there are in Nature. These trees demonstrate the tremendous variety of shapes and colours that trees from different regions present.
4/ The fernery presented the plants of a rain forest grouped around a lovely water fall.
5/ The Gardens present many areas to sit down and just take in the ambience of the plants surrounding you.
6/ The pond presented an enormous variety of water plants. Their colours and shapes were simply wonderful.
7/ An old rotunda dominates the picnic lawn Gardens. This area is close to the entrance.
8/ The Gardens present numerous opportunities to the macro, flower photographer.
9/ The Gardens include this interesting old arch. It probably goes back to the days when the Gardens were part of the Governor's residence.
10/ These lovely plants are classified as drought resistant as they need little water.
11/ This the arboretum where the plants that need protection from the weather are grown.
12/ This is the view inside the arboretum.
13/ Near the arboretum is a hot house, where tropical plants are grown. I was surprised at the large number of cactus there are in the world.
14/ I did not know that cactus can come in spheres.
15/ Peter Cundall is a famous TV gardener in Tasmania. He has his own vegetable patch, where he grows vegetables for his TV shoe.
16/ There are many birds living in the Gardens. The most obvious were this flock of ducks.
18/ The entry and exit to the gardens passes close to this well stocked restaurant. It has great views of the gardens.
1/ The Royal Hobart Botanical Gardens has a special area called the Japanese Garden. When you cross this arch you enter an area of exotic Japonica. This area was designed to be authentic by experienced Japanese landscape designers.
2/ Japanese gardens try to balance plants, water, stone and wood. I was very impress by what I saw.
3/ This is the water fall of the Japanese garden. The sound of the rushing water adds to the deep feeling of peacefulness that you experience.
4/ This statue has deep significance to Zen Buddhism.
5/ This scene emphasizes the importance of wood and water to create a very peaceful balance.
6/ Every Japanese garden includes a red wooden bridge. The red really brings out the other colours of the Japanese garden.
7/ A gently flowing waterfall adds a peaceful sound to the ambience of the pool in the Japanese garden. Note the large number of shapes and shades of green that are emphasized by the brown water.
8/ This raised platform allows a visitor to penetrate into the pond area and enjoy the peaceful ambience of the water's sights and sounds.
9/ You leave the Garden through another classic arch to return to the rest of the Gardens.
10/ Just outside the Japanese garden is a strange wood fountain, which is shaped like a Japanese character.