Are you looking for family friendly activities in Southern Tasmania? Although 2020 seems like a whole new world at times, there are still some fantastic things to do with kids in Hobart this winter.
Please follow the Tasmanian Government’s COVID-19 restrictions to keep everyone safe.
1. Head up the mountain
Wellington Park is open for exercise only. Pinnacle Road and other amenities will reopen at 8:30 am on Saturday 6 June.
Is it really winter in Hobart if you haven’t been up the mountain? Dress the kids in their warmest winter woollies and head out to explore kunanyi/Mt Wellington. Sometimes Pinnacle Road is closed due to icy or snowy conditions (check current road status here), but if you’re a fit fam you can still walk up from Fern Tree.
2. Explore Tasmania’s national parks & reserves
Chase waterfalls and gaze up at giant trees in the Mt Field National Park, discover glacial lakes in the Hartz Mountains National Park, or look for white wallabies in the South Bruny National Park. To add some more educational aspects to the experience, see discovery and learning in parks.
3. Walk your local trails
There are also some fantastic local tracks and trails to explore, so see what’s near you and get outside. The Greater Hobart Trails website has a great list of walking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, and dog-friendly tracks in Hobart, Kingborough, Derwent Valley, Clarence, Glenorchy and Brighton.
4. Visit the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Kids and adults alike love to visit the peaceful Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Pack a picnic of yummy Tasmanian produce and find a quiet spot to indulge. Explore the gardens, say hello to the ducks, learn about the different plant species, tell the time on the giant clock, discover the Japanese Garden, and make a wish at the fountain.
5. Explore the Port Arthur Historic Site
The Port Arthur Historic Site is reopening from Friday 3 July 2020.
Delve into the fascinating stories from Tasmania’s convict days! The Port Arthur Historic Site is family friendly and also welcomes dogs on-lead. Grab a free ‘Hidden Stories’ activity book from the ticketing desk (for kids aged 7–12) and search for answers, solve puzzles, and collect stamps as you explore. During school holidays, there are usually extra activities on for children—find out more at the Visitor Centre.
6. Visit the Tahune Airwalk
Tahune Airwalk is reopening on 4 July, just in time for Tasmania School Holidays 2020. The famous Tahune AirWalk is an elevated walkway 30 metres above the forest floor, with the final cantilever section sitting at a height of 50 metres above the Huon River, with spectacular views to the confluence of the Huon and Picton and beyond to the peaks of the World Heritage Area.
Their winter opening hours are opening 10:00am – closing 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday with the last tickets sold at 3:00pm at the ticket office on site.
7. Hit up the playground
Those crisp, sunny winter days are great for heading outside for a jaunt in the playground (better the kids climb on the play equipment than bounce off your walls at home). Lots of parks have BBQ/picnic shelters, so you can make a fun family day of it. Some parks even incorporate cycling tracks—such as Margate’s Dru Point Park or Geeveston’s Heritage Park—or have a skate park nearby.
Check out your local council’s list of playgrounds and facilities:
8. Train a future MasterChef
Head along to your local farmers market, such as the Farm Gate Market, to pick up fresh Tasmanian fruit, vegetables, and other tasty goods. Haul your loot home and teach the kids how to rustle up some hearty winter dishes (their future partners will thank you).
We also recommend purchasing some ready-made treats to keep up energy stores (or use as bribes) during the cooking lesson.
9. Augment your reality
Watch Tasmania’s colourful past come vividly to life with AR experiences in Hobart and regional Tasmania, including the towns of Geeveston, Richmond, New Norfolk, Brighton, Kempton, and Oatlands. The app sends a push notification when AR experiences are close by, so you’ll know where to find 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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