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Thursday, December 31, 2015

19 Dec 2015 - Tasmania Day 6: Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

After lunch, our next stop was Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
At the time when we reached, there was a concert rehearsal for the coming Xmas party in the gardens.  We sat down on the grass patch together with all the locals whose kids were involved in the stage performance.
Among the oldest in the world, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is home to a magnificent collection of conifers and cool temperate trees, many dating from the 19th century, as well as extensive gardens that embrace the flora of the Southern Hemisphere.
The Gardens are easily walkable, and within close proximity of Hobart’s eastern edge. These landscaped grounds over 14 hectares (35 acres) are also home to two remarkable convict-built walls and majestic entrance gates, a restaurant and shop, and furnish a popular setting for local events and weddings.
Botanic features include a special conservation selection of Tasmanian plants in an extensive collection of natives, many of them rare and threatened species. Here too, is the world’s only Subantarctic Plant House, housing the flora of Macquarie Island – a 128 square kilometre environment between Tasmania and Antarctica.
We spent about an hour walking in the gardens.  On our way back to our car, we picked up a number of nice pine cones on the ground.  We could use them as decoration back home.



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