Heritage Management

Government Garden at Port Arthur is one of Tasmania’s most historically important gardens

Government Gardens, built to offer pleasure to the free settlers at Port Arthur, is an historic Tasmanian garden.

Grounds & Gardens

Our conservation staff, and particularly the Grounds and Gardens crew, manage all conservation values and infrastructure requirements associated with the landscape, gardens, plantings and environment of the historic sites.

This work includes the management of natural bushland, fire risk and weed control. The crew is also responsible for the roads, tracks, paths and waste management at the historic sites. 

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Today the grounds and gardens and bushland of the sites are among the more remarked aspects of the two historic landscapes.

At the Port Arthur Historic Site visitors are able to enjoy a range of features ­– from reconstructed 1850s gardens, through to flower and vegetable gardens of the early 20th century.

In contrast, the bushland of the Coal Mines Historic Site provides a thought-provoking setting for the ruins and relics of the ambitious and harsh convict mining endeavour that took place here.