Located close to the city of Devonport and situated within a visually striking and peaceful valley, the Tasmanian Arboretum is the place to go for those looking for a relaxing and undeniably pleasant spot in which to simply stroll and revel in the beauty of nature. A spacious and well-kept botanical park, the Arboretum is home to around 1,000 species of different plants as well as plenty of wildlife which can be found within - including both a large variety of water birds and even Platypus which can be spotted swimming in its Founder's Lake. As an exceptional rarity in terms of animal encounters in the wild, the platypus themselves are reason enough to visit, but that is far from the only drawcard that the Arboretum has to offer. It's a wonderfully landscaped environment that's particularly gorgeous during the autumn months due to the cavalcade of changing colours that can be witnessed, while a number of well-formed tracks throughout that range from mild strolls through to uphill climbs make for ideal thoroughfares for a wander. Plenty of seating is interspersed throughout for taking a breather, while those looking for additional insight can either schedule one of the guided walks that are available for booking, or hire an audio guide from the kiosk for a minimal fee for further interpretation of the Arboretum's offerings. In all, a great job is done by the volunteers that support the Arboretum's ongoing existence; it's a hidden gem in the north-west of Tasmania.