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Sub-Antarctic Plant House

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Address: | Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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Best feature in the gardens

Yes this is inside the Botanical Gardens, turn right at the cafe and its a 3 minute walk. Be prepared though, its freezing inside.

Reviewed 9 March 2017
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Yes this is inside the Botanical Gardens, turn right at the cafe and its a 3 minute walk. Be prepared though, its freezing inside.

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1 Thank Samantha F
Sydney, Australia
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

This can be done in 15 minutes - is very atmospheric with some very strange looking plants. Instead of a greenhouse, it's a cold-and-wet-house.

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1 Thank casandlisa
Gisborne - East Coast
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

While on a bus tour with Gray's Bus tours we visited the Antarctic Plant House. On entry the freezing temperature lets you know that life in the arctic is not pleasant. We were surprised by the amazing array of plants - we didn't expect to see coloured leaves and flowers. They have put a lot of work into this display... More 

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1 Thank Annnz
United Kingdom
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Presumably a good interpretation of the sounds and flora of Antarctica - the wind chill definitely seemed accurate. Also dispels any mtyths that Antarctica is barren and snow covered with no vegetation

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1 Thank Julie P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

My only chance to see Antarctic plants and what a great display they have put together at the Botanical gardens.

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1 Thank Jim H
Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Who knew there was such a variety of plants growing in Antarctica. Fascinating place also a nice place to escape the heat of the day.

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1 Thank 145Gail
Melbourne, Australia
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

We wandered into the Plant House at the suggestion of the guide at the entrance. Not sure what to expect we were fascinated by the display and all the information that went with it. being a warm day (or a hot day by Hobart standards) we were grateful for the respite from the heat provided by the Sub-Antarctic temperatures!

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Kirribilli, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This was an interesting stop on our wander through the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Be warned that the air inside is truly sub-antarctic. It's only a small exhibit, but it's fascinating to see the kind of flora that thrives in these conditions.

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1 Thank Toadguts
Melbourne, Australia
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

If it is hot when you visit the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, take a brief respite in the Sub Antarctic Plant House where it is always chilly and slightly breezy to provide the misty conditions for these fascinating plants to survive. Replicating conditions in Sub Antarctic locations, this small exhibit provides a glimpse of sights and sounds of the subantarctic... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

This is a small plant house inside the botanical gardens, would not really call this a main attraction of the gardens. The inside walls were well-painted with the effects coming out brilliantly life-like in photos. Small board-walk inside. It contains plants native to Macquarie Island, and islands closer to the Antarctic than Tasmania. Not worth the trip to the gardens... More 

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