My next Hobart run was up to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
Seeing the local Botanical Gardens when travelling is always a must for me. I love seeing how the plants from all over the world have been combined in a way that harmonises and creates such a peaceful setting.
I followed a trail from the city up towards The Domain. A good uphill climb at the start of the run gave some beautiful views northwards up the river, and also eastwards across the river.
I then followed a trail downhill into the Botanical Gardens. The gardens were spectacular, and I spent a bit of time zig-zagging around the paths. I had hoped to come out of one of the eastern gates to get onto the Intercity cycleway for the return run, but ended up getting stuck at a major road that was not passable.
I eventually found my way through to the cycleway after a bit of retracing my path, and ran along the cycleway back to the city, with a short detour to the War Memorial. The cycleway wasn’t an interesting run. Fairly flat and with little to see. I wouldn’t recommend it as a great part of the run.
The Botanical Gardens however was well worth visiting and was a very beautiful place to run. I’d like to go back with the kids one day and explore it, as there were a lot of beautiful nooks and crannies (and secret paths!) that they’d love to discover.