The Tasmanian Arboretum
The Tasmanian Arboretum
4.5
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
The Tasmanian Arboretum is a 66 hectare botanical tree park and nature reserve in Tasmania's North West. A great place to enjoy trees of the temperate world, wildlife, including platypus (we are the best place in Australia to view them in the wild) and native birds, with over 80 species having been recorded. Come for a few hours or the whole day to explore and relax. Only 12 kilometres from Devonport and a short drive to Sheffield, the town of murals. The Arboretum is set in a peaceful and beautiful valley, offering picnic shelters, two with coin-operated electric barbecues and a platypus observatory and bird hide on the shore of Founders' Lake. Cultural and natural heritage combine in the Limestone Heritage Walk, a self-guided walk linking the geology with a century of human activity contributing to colonial and national development. Guided walks are available for a reasonable cost and can be booked online. Bookings are essential. We are open every day of the year and durin
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gorjeni
Perth, Australia47 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
Totally privately funded arboretum that offers peace, tranquillity and the very rare opportunity to see platypus in their completely wild and natural state with sightings common in the stream fed lakes complex within the arboretum.
Written 19 November 2023
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roger
Devonport, Australia4 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Couples
This place is wonderful. Very quiet and peaceful with ducks and birds everywhere! I saw a few platypus in the lakes which was incredible considering it was the middle of the day.
Written 25 July 2023
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diana w
Australia53 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Couples
Such a beautiful place. Trees, birds, reflections in the lakes. And they said we would see platypus, and we did. More than one. Very happily swimming and diving in the lake. Personed by volunteers, including the makers of the homemade cakes (yum!) to accompany our cup of tea after walking the arboretum.
Written 28 May 2023
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jessiev25
Christchurch, New Zealand571 contributions
May 2023
Visited for 90 minutes or so earlier in the month. Didn't see a platypus but the walk around the trees was pleasant, divided up into areas of the world. Maps around the area could be better, ie 'you are here' sign on each map to aid navigation, and maps around the area to be identical, ie some missing the platypus hide installation - maybe older maps?

Entry via honesty box, small cafe / gift shop within the arboretum.
Written 18 May 2023
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Woven by R
Dover, Australia102 contributions
Mar. 2023
Had not managed to see a wild platypus anywhere in Tasmania until we parked in the car park and there in the pond was a platypus who was totally unconcerned about the two humans. We watched him for 20 minutes as he foraged throughout the pond. Well worth taking a walk through the arboretum and the cafe has lots of GF choice.
Written 1 April 2023
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FranJapani
Melbourne, Australia192 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Family
What a credit to the volunteers and group who manage this. Stunning stunning stunning. Beautifully laid out and gorgeous samples of trees. Best coffee in the kiosk too. Wonderful experience
Written 22 March 2023
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James Nixon
Sydney, Australia114 contributions
Mar. 2022
I stopped in here as I was exploring northern Tassie, as I had heard you could see platypuses at this place. The gardens where beautiful and where really well maintained; the site was also much larger then I expected. I also for the first time got to see platypuses in the wild, which was a great experience and made the trip worthwhile. Overall, I would recommend a stop at these gardens if you are in the local area.
Written 15 February 2023
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Joanna B
Melbourne, Australia95 contributions
Feb. 2023 • Couples
It’s a bit out of town, but if you are looking for somewhere to get out of the caravan and stretch your legs, this is a very nice park. Managed by volunteers, it has a very unassuming feel. There is a kiosk, but no cafe and shops, there is a toilet block. Entry is $5 and if you are specifically interested in Flora, then it is very interesting.

Also, we saw a platypus!
Written 14 February 2023
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Guesty22
Brisbane, Australia188 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Couples
We visited the Tasmania Arboretum recently for a walk around the tranquil grounds and loved it. It’s a really nice spot for a relaxing walk around. We spent some time at the side of the lake watching the platypus swimming around and took some photos of the other wildlife we spotted. Would recommend a visit.
Written 9 January 2023
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bobjanh
Brisbane, Australia2,179 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Couples
Lovely location, extremely welcoming laid out and presented flora, plenty of birdlife and native mammals to boot; pond with birdhide and platypus viewing - almost certain to see platypus.

Excellent value at the nominal entrance fee charges. Can happily spend half a day or more here.
Written 23 September 2022
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