Hobart Parks and Gardens

(Hobart, Tasmania - TAS, Australia)

Hobart Parks and GardensHobart contains a number of centrally located green spaces, such as the Queens Domain, Mount Stuart Park and the Knocklofty Reserve. Based around Battery Point, both Parliament Square and St. David's Park stand out, while the Barrack Reserve and Fitzroy Gardens provide further interest in this part of the city.

Situated in the heart of Hobart and within the Queens Domain, the historic Botanical Gardens are home to an impressive collection of plants from all over the world. Covering around 13.5 hectares / 33 acres, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens has more than 6,000 exotic and native species, as well as impressive landscaped gardens - including authentic Japanese landscaping complete with maples, bamboo, ponds and stone lanterns.

Many of the parks within Hobart are often home to ancient eucalyptus trees and Australian wildlife, including cockatoos, eagles, lorikeets and parrots, as well as kangaroos, possums, wallabies and Tasmanian devils. Koalas are not generally wild on the island of Tasmania, although they can be spotted in some wildlife parks.

Bicentennial Park

Address: Dru Point Road, Margate, Tasmania (TAS), 7054, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6211 8200
The Bicentennial Park is situated in the Margate area of Hobart and features large expanses of open grassland, mature planting and breathtaking coastal views. Other attractions here include colourful flower borders, playground areas for young children, picnic and barbecue facilities, walking trails and secluded seating areas.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to 20:00
Admission: free

Hobart Parks and Gardens

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Address: Queens Domain, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7000, Australia
Highlights at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are plentiful and include mature trees and shrubs, flower borders, a well-tended vegetable garden, a collection of plans originating from China, a large conservatory, walking trails, seating areas, picnic spots, a sub-Antarctic plant house emulating inhospitable cold and windy conditions, and a popular visitors' centre, with many activities for children. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens was founded in 1818, making this the second-oldest botanic garden in the whole of Australia.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge

Hartz Mountains National Park

Address: Geeveston, Tasmania (TAS), 7116, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6233 6191
Situated roughly 80 km / 50 miles to the south-west and just past the small town of Geeveston, the Hartz Mountains National Park is a wonderful parkland, filled with streams, lakes, trees and bushland. Visitors will discover many picturesque nature trails, impressive views and picnic spots. Also here is Mount Hartz, a beautiful mountain which is regularly capped in snow.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: charge

Maria Island National Park

Address: Maria Island, Tasmania (TAS), 7190, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6257 4090
Situated just off the east coast of Tasmania, the Maria Island National Park is one of the most peaceful and beautiful spots imaginable outside of Hobart. Walking and cycle trails offer some truly spectacular views of the cliff faces, beaches, coastline, mountains and native wildlife, while there is also a lengthy convict heritage based around Darlington and its former Probation Station. Maria Island resides approximately 70 km / 43 miles to the north-east and is connected by a ferry journey, being suitable for day trips. It is worth noting that there are no shops residing on the island, meaning that you should be sure to bring any necessary supplies with you.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: charge

Mount Field National Park

Address: Lake Dobson Road 66, Mount Field, Tasmania (TAS), 7140, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6233 6191
Lying within the scenic Derwent Valley area and established in 1916, the Mount Field National Park is a natural beauty spot, complete with streams, waterfalls and large areas of scrubland. Located a little over 60 km / 37 miles to the north-west, the park comes with numerous ancient eucalyptus trees, seating and picnic areas, alpine moors, winter skiing, walking trails and breathtaking views. The Russell Falls is an especially notable sight and this particular area has served as an important nature reserve since the 1880s.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: charge

Queens Domain

Address: Queens Domain, Brooker Avenue, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7000, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6230 8233
Based next to the River Derwent, the centrally located Queens Domain is a large and popular public park, featuring open areas of grassland suitable for sports and outdoor games. Located alongside the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Domain provides an important oasis, where you can escape city life. With picnic tables, barbecue facilities, seating areas shaded by large trees, pathways and views of the city, the park is bounded by Brooker Avenue, the Domain Highway and the Tasman Highway. Much of the site comprises bushland, while there are also a number of community halls and attractions based here, including the city's Aquatic Centre, the International Tennis Centre, the Domain Athletic Centre, the Tasmanian Cricket Association Ground and the Hobart Cenotaph.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Rosedown Gardens

Address: 135 Hamilton Road, New Norfolk, Tasmania (TAS), 7140, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6261 2030
Located in the New Norfolk area and around 37 km / 23 miles to the north-west of Hobart, the Rosedown Gardens are overflowing with a vast collection of colourful and fragrant roses. Home to large numbers of historic and important varieties of rose, the gardens also come with a number of additional attractions, such as numerous mature trees, formal areas and many other seasonal flowers. Nearby, visitors may also like to check out the Boyer Oval, the New Norfolk Golf Course, the Peppermint Hill Reserve and the Oast House Hop Museum.
Open hours: October to December, Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 to 16:30
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors, children and free

Southwest National Park

Address: Huon Valley, Tasmania (TAS), Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6233 6191
Belonging to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the Southwest National Park is the largest park in Tasmania and covers a vast 1,527,800 acres / 618,280 hectares, being found in the Huon Valley. With some of the most magnificent scenery in Tasmania, the park also boasts dense forests, scrub and bushland, mountains, rivers, walking trails and much native wildlife, including many colourful and rare parrots - such as the endangered orange-bellied parrot. Of note, the Scotts Peak Dam Road winds through much of the site and offers some of the best views.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: charge

Tasman National Park

Address: Tasman Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania (TAS), 7182, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6233 6191
Lying approximately 56 km / 35 miles to the east of Hobart and officially founded in 1999, the Tasman National Park is a large and natural parkland with many areas of exceptional beauty. Featuring coastal views, nature trails, native wildlife, picnic spots and local Port Arthur attractions, visitors should look out for the Australian fur seals, the forty spotted pardalotes, the little penguins and the swift parrots.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: charge

Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park

Address: Arthur Highway, Taranna, Tasmania (TAS), 7180, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6250 3230
Sited to the far south-east, the Tasmanian Devil Park is within driving distance of central Hobart, with an expected journey time being in the region of one hour and 20 minutes. The park is home to an enormous amount of native flora and fauna, including giant eucalyptus trees, quolls (native cats), rare golden possums, eagles, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and many colourful birds. There are also nature trails, a wildlife art gallery, a free-flight bird show, an interesting rescue centre where injured animals are nursed back to health, a café with views across a nearby vineyard, and of course, more than a handful of Tasmanian Devils.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for children and families

Woodstock Gardens

Address: 140 Cascade Road, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS), 7004, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 6224 1144
Situated in southern Hobart, the Woodstock Gardens are one of the oldest landscaped gardens in Australia. With mature trees and shrubs, an outstanding design and impressive flower borders, the grounds surround the imposing Cascade Brewery building.
Open hours: daily
Admission: charge