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These gardens are a real hidden treasure. They could be the best-kept and attractive small public garden in Australia. Entry to the gardens is free and they are a great place to wander and appreciate over 6,000 exotic and native plant species.
We drove to the gardens and used the free car park. Alternatively, we could have taken a bus from the Elizabeth Street bus station. The gardens were established in 1818 on a bend of the Derwent River. They have matured wonderfully and now provide hours of enjoyment for many visitors. The gardens are well laid out with a walk along the Derwent River on one side and stunning views up to Mount Wellington behind. Check out Tasmania’s native flora and see the exotic plants in the conservatory. There is a cactus house, a pretty Japanese Garden, and lovely lawns with huge trees including the largest collection of mature conifers in Australia.
The gardens also have some other attractions. The very popular Australian TV series ‘Gardening Australia’ has established a section in the gardens where vegetables and other plants are planted and developed. You can walk through this area at most times. Then there is a sub-Antarctic plant house where you can brave the cold and see plants and landscapes from this remote, frigid region. There is also an interactive Botanical Discovery Centre which can be explored for admission of A$6.
The gardens also have a nice restaurant. Within this building there are also botanical displays worth seeing. Examples of Tasmania’s most famous wood, the Huon Pine, are nearby.