The Arboretum is a 66 hectare botanical tree park and nature reserve in Tasmania's North West. Only 12 kilometres from Devonport but a million miles from care, the 66 hectares of landscaped Arboretum and natural bushland had its first planting in 1986. It offers the opportunity to walk among collections of woody plants from around the temperate world, including many of Tasmania's woody plants.
Set in a peaceful and beautiful valley we are the best place in Australia to see platypus in the wild (ref Australian Platypus Monitoring Network). Other Tasmanian wildlife is often spotted and we have recorded over 80 bird species.
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.
The Arboretum offers three picnic shelters, two with coin-operated electric barbecues. There are also two general shelters and a platypus observatory and bird hide on the shore of Founders' Lake.
We are open every day of the year and during the warmer months, from early September to early June, the Tree Park Kiosk, operated by volunteers, offers light refreshments between 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.