The Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens (what a mouthful!) are nicely placed in North Hobart just to one side of the Derwent Bridge. I was heading home one afternoon and took a wrong turn and ended up on the wrong motorway, and on the way towards the right one I came across the turnoff to the gardens. It was a nice afternoon and I had a couple of hours to took the opportunity to wander.
Its on a gently sloping site that gets sun most of the day, lots of landscaped lawn and lots of areas of interest. I went to the Lily Pond, found the Anniversary Arch (above), Japanese Garden, Rose Walk and the Orchid House and I felt quite serene as I headed home, this time on the right motorway!
I was too late for the lilies but the whole pond area was beautifully planted with much lush and mature growth. I met a young duck who was having a nap and she followed me down the stairs to the arch, hoping for a treat. Sadly I had nothing with me.
The Archway was a delightful find and I took several images of some of the stone detail. It was originally in the city and moved out at a later date. For its age it is very well preserved, not sure what it was carved out of but it was quite fantastic
Next up the Japanese Gardens and Orchid House