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Top Parks in Hobart- Visit the Garden City

The historic Port city of Hobart in Tasmania is blessed with nature's beauty. With breathtaking natural surroundings and a pleasant climate, it is not surprising that Hobart boasts some of the best parks in the world.

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Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Established in 1818, this is Australia's second oldest botanical garden and houses over 6000 species of exotic and native plants and trees, with some dating to the 19th century. This historic landmark which with its pre-settler sites also plays host to the annual Spring Tulip Festival.

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Alexandra Battery Park

Alexandra Battery Park

Built in 1885 to protect Hobart city from enemy warships, the park offers spectacular views of the Derwent River and is the ideal location to watch the final stages of the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

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Cascade Gardens

Cascade Gardens

Located in the city's south, this lush, tree-shaded park lies in close proximity to the remains of Cascades Female Factory, a historic prison for female convicts.

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Salamanca Lawn

Salamanca Lawn

Salamanca Place with its numerous galleries, restaurants and craft shops is Hobart's cultural hub. The Salamanca Lawn lies close to Salamanca Place which hosts the popular weekly Salamanca Market frequented by locals. Visitors flock the market at night to be greeted by the bud lights on the trees that line the park and create a romantic setting. Located in Salamanca Place, a stay at Somerset on Salamanca Hobart will offer guests easy access to the festivities of Salamanca Market and to the town itself.

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Cultural Park

Cultural Park

Situated in the northern part of Hobart, this park is home to the North Hobart Skate Facility.

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Franklin Square

Franklin Square

Located at the heart of the city, the park sits atop prominent 19th century buildings on the site of Hobart's first Government House. Lined with magnificent oak trees, the park's centerpiece is a statue of the city's former Governor Sir John Franklin amidst a majestic fountain.

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Hobart Cenotaph

Hobart Cenotaph

Standing on Queen's Domain, the highlight of the park is the Obelisk shaped War Memorial which was originally built to honour Australian soldiers who died in World War 1 with additions made to include Australian soldier casualties of subsequent wars. The Hobart War Memorial overlooks the popular Regatta Grounds which is the starting point of the 5km Intercity Cycleway which links Hobart to its surrounding towns.

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New Town Rivulet Linear Park

New Town Rivulet Linear Park

A series of parks and reserves along the New Town Rivulet, the park houses native flora, bush walks, sporting facilities, a picnic area and the Lady Franklin Art Gallery. With many hotels situated in close proximity to the city's popular parks Accommodation in Hobart is easy to find.

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Princes Park

Princes Park

The former Prince of Wales Battery is strategically located to protect Hobart from naval attacks. The park is popular for its well-preserved tunnels and the semaphore station and signal mast which once signaled ships entering the harbor.

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St. Andrews Park

St. Andrews Park

Located at the edge of North Hobart, the park was originally built as a Presbyterian burial ground in the 1820s. The entrance to the park which is lined by flowering apples is a sight not to be missed in the Spring.

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St. David's Park

St. David's Park

Hobart's first cemetery, it is the resting place for 900 Hobart residents including some its earliest settlers with burials dating to the early 1804. The park's main attractions include the sandstone monument built in memory of Lieutenant Governor David Collins and a memorial wall made up of many of the cemetery's original headstones.

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University Rose Gardens

University Rose Gardens

Sitting on the grounds of Tasmania's first university, the Rose Gardens features forty named rose varieties in well tended paths and is situated next to The Hobart Aquatic Centre.