Although Tasmania’s rugged wilderness sometimes makes it feel like a land lost in time, don’t be fooled into thinking the island’s stunning scenery and unique wildlife are its only attractions!
Thanks to an influx of artists, restaurateurs and hoteliers, Australia’s rugged sibling to the south is enjoying a cultural revival that promises to finally push this underrated travel gem into the international spotlight. From hiking through prehistoric landscapes to sampling local flavours in the centre of town, today’s Tassie offers all of the building blocks you need to create your own version of a perfect family holiday!
We have put together our pick of five awesome family-friendly attractions that will keep both you and the kids entertained for hours during your visit!
1. Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery
If your children are too young to appreciate the edgy new MONA museum, wet their appetite for arts and culture at Hobart’s kid-friendly Tasmanian Museum. Contact the staff ahead of time to find out which family events are scheduled during your visit.
2. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Not all of Tasmania’s natural wonders require a long drive outside the city limits. Located just a couple of kilometres away from the centre of Hobart, the gardens are the ideal primer for learning about Tasmania’s unique plant life and horticultural history as well as the perfect place to let the Kids run around!Make sure you see what School Holiday activities are on while you're there.
3. Farm Stays
Living on a working farm is a big thrill for children of all ages and a welcome break for tired parents on the go. Tasmania’s picturesque countryside is dotted with homesteads that host guests all year long, so you don’t have to look far to find the best spot for your family’s taste and budget.
4. Cradle Mountain
Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Cradle Mountain is brimming with things to see and do in the great outdoors. With ancient woods and glacial lakes as your backdrop, hiking here is incredible – but fear not if you’re coming with toddlers in tow. Shorter trails and fully stocked cabins make it easy to camp with kids of all ages.
5. Salamanca Market
When you’re ready to return to civilisation, spend a Saturday browsing through the Hobart’s Salamanca Market, a favourite with both locals and visitors. Your children will love discovering new smells and sounds, and you’ll walk away with a handful of artisan souvenirs you can’t find anyplace else.
Ironing Out the Logistics
If you’re travelling with young kids, navigating the check-in process at the airport is always a challenge. For a hassle-free experience with bonus breathtaking views, opt for a relaxing ferry ride instead. Sailing from Melbourne to Devonport, the Spirit of Tasmania offers excellent on-board amenities for the whole family, including comfortable cabins, a free movie screening at the on-site cinema and an arcade game room. Plus, you can bring your car.
Once you’re back on land, remember to make safety a priority. When you’re heading into the wild, have everyone wear protective clothing from head to toe, teach the kids not to get close to wild animals and always check the forecast before heading out. Weather in Tasmania is notoriously temperamental. Don’t let it catch you unprepared.