Queens Domain

Royal Botanical Gardens, Rob Walls / Auscape International

Queens Domain is a bush reserve on the hill overlooking the Derwent River, to the north-east of the city centre. In Glebe (‘The Glebe’ to locals), there are magnificent weatherboard Federation houses built on some of the steepest streets you will ever find.

Government House

Next door to the Botanical Gardens, Tasmania’s Neo-Gothic Government House is one of the fi nest viceregal residences in the Commonwealth. Built in 1857 from local timbers and sandstone excavated on-site, it dominates the riverside slopes between Hobart and the Tasman Bridge. Lower Domain Rd; open to the public one Sunday each year; phone (03) 6234 2611 for the exact date; admission free.

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

These superb botanical gardens were established in 1818, and today they are one of the best in Australia. There is a restaurant, a beautiful old-world conservatory and greenhouses, an extensive Japanese garden and, of course, ABC gardener Peter Cundall’s famous veggie patch. Lower Domain Rd; (03) 6236 3076; open daily; admission free; entry to conservatory and discovery centre by gold coin donation.