The Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens were established in 1818 by Lieu-Governor William Sorell. The Gardens has some of Australia’s oldest and most significant tree and heritage landscapes in Australia. The walks above the Lily Pond are stunning. The Pond is one of the oldest features in the Gardens and was a main water supply for the early Gardens. It is a highlight with all family members, especially the children as they can feed the ever friendly ducks.
There are three unique country of origin gardens that make for interesting loop walks; they include the New Zealand collection, the Chinese collection, and the very popular Japanese Garden. The Japanese Garden’s water features are an absolute delight, and mesmerise the children’s attention.
The Gardens Visitor Centre is home to a Gardens Shop and a Gardens Restaurant. The Restaurant is a perfect place to relax and take in the sweeping vistas of the Gardens and the River Derwent.