Where to see Australian Plants - Tasmania

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Cultivated Plants

Predominantly Natural Areas (not National Parks)

In compiling this list, National Parks have been omitted. As all National Parks exist for the preservation of flora and fauna, it is obvious that any of the Parks throughout Australia are worth a visit by the plant enthusiast. Further details of National Parks can be found from the appropriate Parks Authority.

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Cultivated Plants

  • Heritage Forest Tasmanian Native Plant Garden, Launceston

    The Northern Group of the Australian Plants Society Tasmania is working with the Launceston City Council to establish a Tasmanian plant garden in the Heritage Forest Reserve. The aim of this garden is to show visitors how Tasmanian plants can be used in suburban gardens.

    Entry is from Caswell Street, Mowbray 7248.

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  • Inala Jurassic Garden and Nature Museum, Bruny Island

    Designed across five acres of gently undulating land and accessed by a winding, wheelchair friendly path, Inala's Jurassic Garden gives visitors an insight into the heady times when Australia was part of the supercontinent Gondwanaland. There are over 400 species including a large representation of Tasmanian endemics.

    Find out more at the Inala website.

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  • Inverawe Native Gardens, Margate

    Inverawe Native Gardens is a 22 acre native garden, open to visitors (entry fee applies). It is the largest open to the public, landscaped, Australian native garden in Tasmania and is located at 1565 Channel Highway, Margate, 7054. (Behind the Margate Train).

    7500 Australian natives have been planted in the last nine years, supplemented by natural regeneration. 88 species of birds, including all twelve of the Tasmanian endemics, have been spotted at Inverawe. A range of micro-climates, stunning views, plant labels, interpretation signs, formed paths, stairs with handrails and plenty of seats help make a visit a rewarding experience. Pioneer botanists Labillardiere and Robert Brown "botanised" in this area 200 years ago and some of the hundreds of species they named are represented here.

    Find out more at Inverawe Native Gardens' website.

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  • Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Tasmanian Section

    Tasmanian flora is compressed into one small garden. Here you may see rainforest, alpine, dry sclerophyll, coastal and many Tasmanian endemic plants. The Gardens also have a section of Epacridaceae featuring Richea, Epacris, Prionotes and eventually will contain all Tasmanian species in the family.

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  • Plants of Tasmania Nursery, Ridgeway

    The nursery is situated partway up Mt Wellington and has a landscaped area featuring many beautiful Tasmanian plants, which are also available from the nursery. Address: 65 Hall St, Ridgeway

    Find out more at Plants of Tasmania website.

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  • Tasmanian Bushland Garden, Buckland

    The Tasmanian Bushland Garden (5598 Tasman Highway, Buckland) is about 4 km south of Buckland and 50 km north-east of Hobart. The reserve features garden beds with East Coast Tasmanian flora and about 20 ha of natural bushland.

    The Reserve is open every day except Christmas Day, during daylight hours, and entry is free. Facilities include a picnic area with toilet facilities, sculptures and bush walking trails.

    For further information see the Tasmanian Bushland Garden website.

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Predominantly Natural Areas

  • Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart

    This Reserve of over 140 hectares is located in the foothills of Mt. Wellington. On sandstone in the south eastern corner can be found sandy heath flora including Acacia gunnii, Boronia pilosa, Dillwynia sericea and Stylidium graminifolium, among others, under Eucalyptus pulchella and Acacia dealbata trees. In other parts of the Reserve are dry sclerophyll flora such as Acacia stricta, Lomatia tinctoria, Pomaderris pilifera and Pultenaea juniperina growing on dolerite and sandstone.

    The Reserve has several entrances through West Hobart, via Mt Stuart Rd in the north, Knocklofty Terrace, Fielding Drive, Poets Rd and Corby Avenue on the East and the main entrance via Goulburn Street then Forest Road to the main carpark. There are maps at the main entrances showing walking trails - two loop walks are sign posted.

    Refer to the website of the Friends of Knocklofty Bushcare Group for species list and flora photo gallery

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  • Queens Domain, Hobart

    A good example of wooded native grasslands. There is an interpretation area just down from the cross roads.

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  • Truganinni Reserve, Hobart

    This Reserve is accessed from Taroona or Mt Nelson (Hobart suburbs). It is a great place to spot orchids.

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  • Waverley Flora Park, Hobart

    Situated in the hills above Bellerive, is this skyline reserve which boasts a diverse assortment of grassy woodland species, including many orchids, Velleia paradoxa - a rare Tasmanian forb, and many other herbaceous flowering plants and grasses. It is best visited in spring to early summer.

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  • Wellington Park (Mt Wellington, 15 min from Hobart)

    Diverse flora from forest at the base, through semi-alpine to alpine vegetation at the summit. Walk along the Organ Pipes track in late spring to catch the Waratah in bloom. Other features are the Christmas bush (Prostanthera lasianthos), gnarled snow gums and many mountain berries. Can be enjoyed from the comfort of your car if you so desire.

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