Christmas Holidays are here! There’s no better time to get out and about and enjoy Southern Tasmania with the fam bam.
Not sure where to start? Fear not, we have compiled this list of 50 things to do with the kids these school holidays that the whole family will enjoy – but let’s be honest, there are endless fun things to do in Southern Tassie.
HOBART & SURROUNDS
You don’t have to go far in Hobart to find some family-friendly activities.
1. Visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and view the current exhibitions. TMAG is open 10:00 am to 4:00pm daily Tuesday to Sunday and visitors are required to book in advance here. TMAG remains free admission and there are no booking fees.
2. Wander the waterfront and treat the fam to some fresh fish and chips. If everyone is behaving, perhaps some Tasmanian ice cream from VDL Creamery could be on the cards too. Drop on by their waterfront store to see what is on display (they have seasonal and uniquely Tasmanian flavours … think Peach and Lemon Myrtle, Pepperberry and Leatherwood Honey, and Lavender and White Chocolate to name a few).
4. Head up the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington, take a stroll along the walking tracks (Sphinx Rock is a great track with the kids) and enjoy a hot choccie at Lost Freight. You might even find some spring snow, it is Tassie after all.
5. Discover the heroic era of Antarctic exploration at the Mawsons Hut Replica Museum on the Hobart waterfront.
6. Tour the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and hear the stories of Tasmania’s convict women.
7. Test your puzzle-solving skills at the Evolo Room Escape. Just beware of your kids outsmarting you. The minimum recommended age for participating is 16 years old.
8. 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.
9. Experience a magical 15 minute Salamanca Jaunt or 30-minute Waterfront Jaunt with Heritage Horse Drawn Carriages. Perhaps even treat the family to a spot of Traditional Afternoon Tea at Hadley’s Orient Hotel as part of the tour.
10. Tour the spine-tingling Hobart Convict Penitentiary and discover our city’s hidden secrets.
13. The weather is warming up so it’s time to head to the beach. There are loads to choose from, including Long Beach, Sandy Bay, with a fantastic adjacent park and sports fields. There are also plenty of parks and reserves, such as the Waterworks Reserve and Cascade Gardens, to enjoy.
15. Explore the quaint Georgian village of Richmond, visit the Pooseum and the famous Richmond Sweets and Treats lolly shop (maybe before the Pooseum), or enjoy a picnic by the river overlooking the convict-built Richmond bridge. Book your Pooseum tickets here.
16. Visit Zoodoo in Richmond and see the cute animals from Native Tasmanian wildlife to exotic overseas animals. Zoodoo will be reopening from 26th September.
THE TASMAN PENINSULA
Just over an hour’s drive from Hobart, the Tasman Peninsula has plenty of great activities for the family to enjoy.
17. Delve into Tasmania’s convict past at the Port Arthur Historic Site. For the brave kids (and parents), explore the site with Dinner and a Ghost Tour. Tours are currently limited to 15 people and will be operating Thursday through Sunday from the 24th September. The site is also running its first Makers Market on 27th September from 10am – 3pm where you can meet the region’s producers and artisans.
18. Walk the Coal Mines Historic Site at Saltwater River, read the information panels, and check out the convict ruins.
19. Enjoy a three-hour Tasman Island Cruise and see Australia’s highest sea cliffs, an up-close (but not too close) look at a colony of seals along with an array of native wildlife. You might even spot a pod of curious dolphins or whale on its journey to the nutrient-rich waters of Antarctica.
20. Go on a family adventure and enjoy a good ol’ dose of Tassie nature on the Three Capes Track. The four-day/three-night track is family-friendly and a great way to enjoy less screen-time and more family time.
21. Introduce your little devils to Tasmania’s little devils at the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo.
22. Visit Federation Artisan Chocolate to see chocolate being made and taste some delicious samples – our favourite past time.
23. Take a drive through Doo Town and have a giggle at the funny shack/house names.
24. Explore the rock pools at the Tessellated Pavement, Eaglehawk Neck.
25. 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 EDGE
26. Search for a platypus along the Geeveston Platypus Walk.
28. 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.
29. Visit the Channel Museum to learn about life in the region, view the displays and collections, and hear the local stories and legends. The museum is currently open Tuesdays and Sundays.
30. Camp at the edge of Tasmania. Set up camp at the Cockle Creek campground and explore the pristine beaches and tranquil coves. Visit the bronze whale statue and keep an eye out for real-life whales in the bay.
32. 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+).
33. Book a Highland Getaway ATV Farm Tour Safari and get up close and personal with beautiful highland cows.
34. Learn about the heritage craft of wooden boat building at the Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin.
36. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy a bit of nature with a walk to Snug Falls. This gentle walk is just 45 minutes return and is dog-friendly so every your canine companion can enjoy a family excursion.
37. Talk a stroll amongst the tall trees at Tahune Adventures. Their impressive Airwalk sits 30 metres above the forest floor. The Airwalk and surrounding walks are currently open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.
38. Older kids aged 12+ will get a thrill out of a guided tour with Tasmanian Jet Ski Adventures.
THE DERWENT VALLEY & CENTRAL HIGHLANDS
40. Get a taste of country life with a farm tour at Curringa Farm (you can also stay in their lovely accommodation).
42. Check out the sculptures and maybe have an old school bush picnic at the Steppes Historic Site.
43. Let gravity do the work at Maydena Bike Park, with a range of family-friendly green trails.
44. 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!).
THE HERITAGE HIGHWAY
Step back in time to the days of convicts and bushrangers in Tasmania’s Southern Midlands.
45. Spot the 16 shadows of the past along the Heritage Highway Silhouette Trail between Tunbridge and Kempton.
46. Find a cave at the Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary.
47. 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. 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.
50. Experience an alternate reality. There are almost 100 Augmented Reality (AR) experiences currently in Tasmania many of which can be found in Oatlands and Kempton. Explore another world and see the past come to life. Download the app via the Apple App Store or Google Play and you will receive a notification when AR experiences are close by.
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