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Visiting Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart
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The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are one of the Hobart's most visited attractions and are a special feature of the beautiful capital city. In the last year, more than 461,000 people including locals and tourists visited the gardens, which are the second oldest Botanical Gardens in the country. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are located in Hobart, and are a short drive or walk from the City centre.

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A Day Of Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden Tour

A Day Of Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden Tour

1. Succulent Restaurant

1. Succulent Restaurant

Another thing to do at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is to visit its restaurant and cafe. Succulent is the name of the restaurant located in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens visitor centre just down from the main gate of the Gardens. Executive Chef Johann Frais' menu offers quick snacks and coffee, available from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm, and lunch from 11:30 am till 2:30 pm seven days a week. Succulent is fully licensed and features a wine list showcasing affordable Tasmanian wines. Next to the restaurant, you will find Sprout Cafe that offers geat coffee, ice creams, pies, cakes and much more are available to take away, or to enjoy in Sprout's outdoor seating area. It is worth a visit after your Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens tour. The Botanical Shop is centrally located in the Visitor Centre, adjacent to the restaurant.It stocks a wide range of quality Tasmanian merchandise, unusual botanical gifts and selected botanical publications.It offers products from local artists' to Tasmanian gourmet produce, essential garden products, Tasmanian books, children's activities and exclusive RTBG mementos.You must visit this shop during your Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens tour. It's the ideal place to shop for a special gift or souvenir for garden lovers of all ages.All profits from the Shop' s operation are used to maintain and improve facilities within the Gardens.The shop also sells a range of specialty plants propagated on site by the volunteer Friends of the Gardens.Some really unusual varieties but stocks and types vary, depending on the season. Even if you don 't feel like shopping, visiting this shop is a must thing to do at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

2. Botanical Shop

2. Botanical Shop

The Botanical Shop is centrally located in the Visitor Centre, adjacent to the restaurant. It stocks a wide range of quality Tasmanian merchandise, unusual botanical gifts and selected botanical publications. It offers products from local artists' to Tasmanian gourmet produce, essential garden products, Tasmanian books, children's activities and exclusive RTBG mementos. You must visit this shop during your Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens tour. It's the ideal place to shop for a special gift or souvenir for garden lovers of all ages.All profits from the Shop' s operation are used to maintain and improve facilities within the Gardens.The shop also sells a range of specialty plants propagated on site by the volunteer Friends of the Gardens.Some really unusual varieties but stocks and types vary, depending on the season. Even if you don 't feel like shopping, visiting this shop is a must thing to do at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

3.  Subantarctic Plant House

3. Subantarctic Plant House

One of the most interesting things to do at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is to see its subantarctic plants. Here, plants from Sub Antarctic islands in high southern latitudes are displayed in a climatically-controlled environment, where chilly fogs and mists mirror the wet, cold conditions of their remote homes. The Sub Antarctic Plant House displays a selection of the flora of the Sub Antarctic region, with the emphasis on the plants of Macquarie Island. The house was designed to replicate the appearance and environmental conditions of Macquarie Island and also to act as an experimental house for the cultivation of the plants from this region. The curved inner walls are painted with a mural depicting the various environments of the island, while the landscape has been recreated using plants, mosses and rock collected from Macquarie Island.

4.  Tours On Wheels

4. Tours On Wheels

The Gardens also offers a guided tour service for those with limited mobility with the Gardens Explorer, an electric vehicle which can carry up to 5 passengers and is driven by a trained volunteers of the Gardens Guide. Ideally bookings should be at least 3 days in advance but earlier bookings will ensure your place. Family members and carers are welcome to accompany people booking 'Tours on Wheels'. All tours take approximately 1.5 hours but can be negotiated for any length depending on the interests and needs of the group.The cost is $10 per person for a Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens tour.All proceeds are used by the Gardens to support projects and the work of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

Insider Tips

How to Get Tickets?

There is no admission fee to enter the Gardens, but they accept donations. You can give one or two dollars to enter the Gardens but a larger amount of donation is also accepted. There is a donation box at the entrance where you can stop before enjoying the things to do at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

How To Get Around?

Inside the Gardens, you can take a walk to see everything. You can also take the Tours On Wheels if you don't feel like walking. There are a few attractions nearby that you can visit after your Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens tour, such as Government House, Queens Domain, and the former Beaumaris Zoo that you can reach by walking.

What Should I Wear?

Wear a comfortable pair of shoes, the Gardens are as big as 14 hectares and you will have to walk to see everything. Bring sunscreen if you're visiting in the summer and put on layers of clothes if you're visiting in the winter.

Facts

Best Time to Visit

You can visit at any time of the year to enjoy the things to do at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. The Gardens are always beautiful and worth a visit when you are in Hobart.

Currency

Australian Dollar

Will I Need a Guide?

You will not need a service of a guide for Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens tour, just make sure you pick up the map and read about the Gardens when you visit.

How To Get There?

There are a few ways to get to RTBG. The Gardens are a pleasant walk of about 25 minutes in a northerly direction from the city. There are pedestrian crossings at the city end of the Tasman Highway, and a highway underpass at the Cenotaph. If you choose to ride a bike, cycling tracks run from city, along both sides of the Tasman Highway towards the Tasman Bridge. A highway underpass at the Cenotaph provides access towards the Gardens' main gates, while a cycling track along the Derwent River foreshore passes an entrance gate off the lower car parking area. You can also drive to the Gardens and there is a parking lot provided.While regular bus services do not operate to the Gardens, various private bus and tour services include the Gardens on their tour around Hobart.You can check Red Decker buses, they have services to the Gardens.

Additional Info

If you walk or bike just remember that at certain times of the year Hobart can get cooler breezes, which on hot summer days can be wonderful, but at other times make sure you wear clothing layers so that you can easily adjust to your desired temperature.

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