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If you’re wondering what to do with kids in Hobart, don’t worry, we have you covered! We’ve listed 50 things to do with the kids in and around Hobart (in no particular order). A lot of these family friendly activities are free or easy on the budget. Now go out and have some good old fashioned family fun!

Hobart & Surrounds

You don’t have to go far in Hobart to find child friendly activities.

1. Visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and participate in the free school holiday activities (9–13 July) celebrating NAIDOC Week.

2. Catch the ferry out to Mona and discover such delights as a giant poo machine, outdoor trampoline, and room filled with rainbows (maybe herd the kids away from the more adult bits).

3. Treat the fam to fresh fish and chips on the Hobart waterfront. Oh, the nostalgia!

4. Hit up Salamanca Market on Saturday mornings (jam donuts all ’round, yo) or the Farm Gate Market on Sunday.

5. Head up to the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington in the snow bus (fingers crossed for a sprinkling of snow for the kids to pelt at each other).

6. Discover the heroic era of Antarctic exploration at the Mawsons Hut Replica Museum on the Hobart waterfront.

7. Tour the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and hear the stories of Tasmania’s convict women.

8. Adults with older kids, test your puzzle-solving skills at the Evolo Room Escape (it’s about team work, guys!)

9. Book the family on Iron Pot Cruises (2.5 hours), see Australia’s oldest lighthouse and learn about Hobart’s early settlement and maritime history.

10. Experience a magical 15 minute Salamanca Jaunt or 30 minute Waterfront Jaunt with Heritage Horse Drawn Carriages.

11. Enjoy a relaxing day out exploring the beautiful Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

12. Tour the spine-tingling Hobart Convict Penitentiary and discover our city’s hidden secrets.

13. Book the kids into some of the fun July school holiday workshops at the Moonah Arts Centre.

14. Burn off some energy at Supatramp Hobart—a huge indoor climbing, trampoline park and activity complex.

15. Head to the beach! There are loads to choose from, including Long Beach, Sandy Bay, with a fantastic adjacent park and sports fields.

16. Get outside and enjoy Hobart’s many parks and reserves, such as the Waterworks Reserve.

17. Explore Hobart’s waterways on Roaring 40s Kayaking‘s 2.5 hour city paddle (for kids aged 7+).

18. Explore the quaint Georgian village of Richmond, visit the Pooseum, and picnic by the convict-built bridge.

The Tasman Region

There are some fantastic kid friendly things to do on the Tasman Peninsula, just over an hour’s drive from Hobart.

19. Delve into Tasmania’s convict past at the Port Arthur Historic Site, with kid friendly touches such as the free ‘Hidden Stories’ Activity Book, plus special school holiday activities (drop by the Education Centre).

20. Walk the Coal Mines Historic Site at Saltwater River, read the information panels, and check out the convict ruins.

21. See Australia’s highest sea cliffs, a colony of seals, and maybe even a whale (in season) with Tasman Island Cruises three hour tour.

22. Did you know that the bucket list four day/three night walk, the Three Capes Track, is family friendly? What a bonding experience at the edge of the world!

23. Introduce your little devils to Tasmania’s little devils at the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo.

24. Visit Federation Artisan Chocolate to see chocolate being made and taste some delicious samples (and buy some blocks to hide from the kids).

25. Take a drive through Doo Town and have a giggle at the funny shack/house names.

26. Explore the rock pools at the Tessellated Pavement, Eaglehawk Neck.

27. Check out the Tasman Peninsula’s natural wonders, including the Blowhole, Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen, and Waterfall Bay. (Remarkable Cave is currently closed for upgrades, check Tasmania Parks for updates.)

The Southern Trove

Tasmania’s Southern Trove is a short drive south from Hobart, encompassing the Channel, Bruny Island, Huon Valley, and Far South.

28. Take your little pagans out to the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest family fun day (Sunday 14 July 2019).

29. Search for a platypus along the Geeveston Platypus Walk.

30. Explore the Hartz Mountains National Park, with short walks including Waratah Lookout (5 min return), Arve Falls (20 min return), and Lake Osborne (40 min return).

31. Visit Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs, tour the cave, swim in the balmy forest pool, explore the walking tracks, and make use of the BBQ and picnic facilities.

32. Visit the Channel Museum to learn about life in the region, view the displays and collections, and hear the local stories and legends.

33. Pop into the Geeveston Visitor Centre & Museum for friendly travel tips and to learn about the Huon Valley’s history. Watch a working wood turner and resident linocut artist, and see an impressive 2,000 year old cross section of a Huon pine tree.

34. Explore the rugged southern coastline with Bruny Island Cruises, coasting past the island’s giant cliffs, sea caves, and wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales, and sea birds.

35. Get swept up in the enchantment of the historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse (c. 1836) on a tour with Bruny Island Safaris (kids must be aged 5+).

36. Book a Highland Getaway ATV Farm Tour Safari and get up close and personal with beautiful highland cows.

37. Learn about the heritage craft of wooden boat building at the Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin.

38. Sail on a traditional tall ship with Yukon Tours. Their daily Calm Water Cruises on the peaceful Huon River are great for kids.

39. Older kids aged 12+ will get a thrill out of a guided tour with Tasmanian Jet Ski Adventures.

40. Visit Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery to pat the sheep, learn about the cheesemaking process, taste the delicious food in the cafe, and enjoy the scenic views.

The Derwent Valley & Central Highlands

Enjoy an adventure in the scenic Derwent Valley and the geographical heart of Tasmania, the Central Highlands.

41. Get a taste of country life with a farm tour at Curringa Farm (you can also stay in their lovely accommodation).

42. Learn about the history of hydro-electricity in Tasmania on the Highlands Power Trail, including the Waddamana Power Station Heritage Site.

43. Check out the sculptures and maybe have an old school bush picnic at the Steppes Historic Site.

44. Let gravity do the work at Maydena Bike Park, with a range of family-friendly green trails.

45. Enjoy a day out in nature at Mt Field National Park. Walk to the impressive Russell Falls, see if you can spot a platypus, look for interesting fungi (blue, pink, purple, yellow, orange or otherwise!), and make use of the BBQ/picnic facilities.

The Heritage Highway

Step back in time to the days of convicts and bushrangers in Tasmania’s Southern Midlands.

46. Spot the 16 shadows of the past along the Heritage Highway Silhouette Trail between Tunbridge and Kempton.

47. Find at cave at the Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary.

48. Pick up the Oatlands Key and take the kids to prison. Well, the old Oatlands Gaoler’s Residence at least, as well as the Supreme Court House and Oatlands Commissariat.

49. Go for a walk along the shores of Lake Dulverton, see how many different kinds of birds you can spot, and discover the quirky characters along the Oatlands Topiary Trail.

50. Join one of the regular guided tours at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about Tasmania’s native animals and what we can do to protect them.

We love it when you share your adventures with us! Share your snaps by tagging @hobartandbeyond and using #HobartandBeyond on Instagram and Facebook – we’ll share our favourite pics on social media and in the blog.

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Our Guide to Exploring kunanyi / Mt Wellington
Winter Festivals & Events in Hobart (After Dark Mofo)
Project X: Major Public Artworks Launching in the Huon
Beyond Hobart: Our Guide for Exploring Southern Tasmania
Top 10 Things to Do in Hobart
Hobart to Cockle Creek: An Adventurous Itinerary
Weekend Adventure: 7 Things to Do on Bruny Island

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