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Parks and Gardens

Hobart's mild climate and clean air produce some spectacularly colourful floral displays, so take the time to walk around the lawns at Parliament House, St David's Park, which has old tombstones and monuments, and Franklin Square, with its oversized chess board. Check out the flower festivals at www.hobartcity.com.au. The Queen's Domain, left as undeveloped natural bush, has walking and cycling tracks. For the less able-bodied, there is also car access and numerous lovely picnic spots.

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

On the banks of the Derwent River and incorporating the Queen's Domain, next door to Government House, this site was originally a farm supplying fresh produce to the fledgling town. Today the gardens are a credit to the first superintendent, William Davidson, who in 1828 set about importing English plants as well as setting up an impressive collection of native ones. More than 6,000 species of exotic and imported plants are on display.

And it's here that Peter Cundall, of Gardening Australia fame, has his vegetable garden, the envy of veggie gardeners everywhere. The Spring Tulip Festival takes place here in September ((03) 6234 6299), while the floral clock, the fern house and the tropical glasshouse intrigue garden lovers all year round.

Historically the gardens included the Arthur Wall – a warmed wall for espaliered fruit trees - built by Governor Arthur in 1829, and the Rossbank Observatory, built by Governor Franklin in 1840. Nowadays, the gatekeeper's lodge features heritage cottage plants; the old conservatory and the rose garden still delight visitors; and the newer collections include an enormous accumulation of conifers and a display of the sub-Antarctic plants of Macquarie Island. Visit www.rtbg.tas.gov.au or www.anbg.gov.au/chabg/bg-dir/097.html

For all these and other parts of Hobart, contact the relevant tour organisers:

  • National Trust Heritage Walk Tour (03) 6223 7570
  • Historic Churches WalkingTour (Wednesdays) (03) 6231 4033
  • Hobart Historic Tours (03) 6230 8233, including Historic Dinner Tour, Historic Pub Tour, Historic Walk Tour and Breakfast Walks Tour
  • Sandy Bay Historical Walk (03) 6223 6703
  • Historic Pub Tour, including four pubs and a drink in each (03) 6255 4806

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