Accompanied Tours and Self-Guided Walks

Whether you’re visiting from Tasmania, from interstate or overseas, a walk through the tranquil and beautiful Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is enormously rewarding.

“When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden. ” -Minnie Aumonier

The Gardens offer a variety of tours a detailed below, guided by experts who know and love the Gardens. You may also wish to go it alone with many options for walks available. More information is available on this website through our Features menu tab and Our Collections menu items. Personal help is also available at various times with our volunteers at the main entrance, or at the Friends cottage down from the main entrance. If further assistance is required then please ask at the Administration Building, through the hedge opposite the Subantarctic House, or at the Gardens Shop. Please note that the administration building is closed on weekends and public holidays.

Guided Tours

The Friends of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens give visitors the chance to enhance their experience at the Gardens by joining one of their guided tours. Our trained, friendly and knowledgeable volunteer guides lead tours which offer fascinating insights into the history, collections and stories behind these historic Gardens.  For bookings and enquiries please call (03) 6166 0451

Walking Tours

Accredited tour guides are available for group bookings, (minimum of 5 people and large groups welcome). We welcome tour groups, conference groups, school groups, organisations etc. Bookings need to be at least 7 days in advance to ensure volunteer guides are available. We like to provide intimate and personal tours with a maximum of up to 10 people per guide for each group tour. We can cater for many groups at any given time. For bookings and enquiries please call (03) 6166 0451

Tours on Wheels

We also offer a guided tour service for those with limited mobility in the Friends Gardens Explorer, an electric vehicle which can carry up to 5 passengers and is driven by a trained Friends of the Gardens Guide. Bookings need to 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”. The buggy may also be used in conjunction with larger group walking tours as needed but would also need to be booked at the time of making the original group booking.

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 $6 per person for a tour. All proceeds are used by Friends of the Gardens to support projects and the work of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Please contact the Tour Guide Co-ordinator (03) 6166 0451 for further information and to make a booking.

Self-guided Walks

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens encourages visitors to explore the Gardens and appreciate the significance of these collections. There are a number of suggested self guided tours available at the Visitors Centre shop as detailed above.

red rose in Friends perennial border

Red rose on the Friends Perennial Border

image of large 3 metre Echium pininana

Echium against the Eardley Wilmot wall

Perennial border to water

Perennial view!