Whether you’re visiting from Tasmania, from interstate or overseas, a visit to the tranquil and beautiful Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is enormously rewarding.
As Elizabeth Scholtz, director emeritus of the world famous Brooklyn Botanic Garden has said: “Gardens are such a wonderful refuge, and more and more, people are looking for a haven from the stress of modern life.”
Here in Tasmania, we are able to offer a variety of tours, allowing you to be guided by an expert, or to take yourself on a walk with a little expert help in the form of a brochure.
The Friends of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens enable visitors to enhance their experience of the Gardens by joining a guided tour. Our trained, friendly and knowledgeable volunteer guides lead tours which offer fascinating insights into the history, collections and stories behind these historic Gardens.
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 provide enough guides per tour so that groups will be small with a maximum of 10 people per guide, but usually offer smaller groups.
Tours on Wheels
We also offer a guided tour service for those with limited mobility in the Friends Buggy, an electric vehicle which can carry 5 passengers and is driven by Friends of the Gardens Guides. Bookings need to be at least 3 days in advance but earlier bookings will ensure availability. 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 need to be also booked at the time of making the group booking.
All tours take approximately 1.5 hours but can be negotiated 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 work of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Please contact the Tour Guide Co-ordinator (03) 6236 3057 for further information and to make a booking.
Two popular walks in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens enable visitors to get up close and personal with one of our largest features, and separately, with another of the natural world that is far more subtle.
Significant Trees Walk
The first involves some of the most significant trees here in the Gardens, drawcards because of their sheer physical size, their age, rarity or beauty. A great place to start is actually outside our Main Gates; this is a walk that will take about 30 minutes. Here’s some further information to accompany you on the walk. (link)
Also popular is a self-guided walk that encompasses our collection of plants that require minimum water, especially drought tolerant species ideal for Australian conditions. A good place to start is at our Visitor Centre, just inside our Main Gates. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you on your way. (link)