You cannot wander too far in Hobart without coming across a small park, a walking track alongside a rivulet, or a tree-lined square. Hobart is an outdoor city, surrounded by mountains and wilderness, and has plenty of green spaces and unpspoiled beaches. There is 3,000 hectares of bushland within the city boundaries.
The Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Established in 1818 and the second-oldest botanical gardens in Australia, these 14-hectare gardens are in the Queen's Domain on the edge of the city. Among the features are a Tasmanian section, Botanical Discovery Centre, botanical shop and sub-Antarctic plant house, as well as a good cafe.
A green space on the city fringe where locals exercise before and after work, the Domain is also well sited for visitors who want to stretch their legs or maybe throw a frisbee. The Domain is home to the rather grand Government House and the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
Just a short walk from suburban West Hobart and Mt Stuart, this bushland reserve features a trail that reaches the peak of Knocklofty at 375 metres above sea level. This is rough, steep woodland terrain with fire trails and walking tracks much loved by local residents.
Home to reservoirs that capture water from the creeks of upper Mount Wellington, this sprawling reserve also has shaded lawns and play areas that are popular with young inner city families, who use the venue for barbecues and picnics. There are several popular walking tracks.
Cascade Walking Track
This 2.4km walk starts at historic Cascade Brewery and is popular with wildlife lovers; there wallabies on the track, which features a range of vegetation and crosses an old stone bridge. At the end you can continue up kunanyi/Mount Wellington on the the Myrtle Gully Track.
With colourful boathouses and moored yachts, Cornelian Bay is just five minutes from Hobart city and the perfect spot for a lunchtime picnic under the trees. It is also a great place for exercise with several sporting fields set back from the Derwent on Queen's Walk.
Named as one of Hobart's best child-friendly parks in a recent survey, this train-themed park is in a bush setting in West Hobart and offers public barbecues, public toilets and covered areas. It was recently refurbished and is a favourite with kids from all over the city.
On the foreshore of the upmarket suburb of Sandy Bay, this stretch is popular with locals walking their dogs and and also features a full-fenced childrens' playground. Further along the waterfront is the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania – and the water here is often dotted with small craft.
A long, wide beach that is around a 15-minute drive south of Hobart, Kingston Beach is popular with swimmers braving the cool water, surfers, hikers and locals exercising their dogs on the off-leash portion of this little oasis in the middle of a waterfront commuter suburb.
Hobart Rivulet Park
A pretty and winding 2km riverside track in South Hobart, this meanders along the Hobart Rivulet from the city to Cascade Brewery at the foot of Mount Wellington. A chance to get away from it all within just a few minutes of the city centre.