Exploring the Tasman Peninsula with kids
Exploring the Tasman Peninsula with kids is awesome!
It would be a shame if on your way to visit the well-known Port Arthur Historic site, that you didn’t stop and experience the rugged yet surprisingly beautiful Tasman Peninsula.
Even if you have no interest in Australia’s early convict history (the kids probably won’t), the natural attractions here are more than worthy of a few days exploring time. If you have more time than a long weekend, even better!
The Tasman Peninsula is an easy 90-minute drive from the capital of Hobart in Tasmania. The natural bushland setting is a real attraction of the area and much of the peninsula is protected as national park.
DON’T MISS THE UNIQUE COASTAL ROCK FORMATIONS
The dolerite sea cliffs rise majestically above the ocean, the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere. These sea cliffs alone are fascinating but you can also check out other unique natural wanders here.
Kids will be intrigued by the Tessellated Pavement, the Blow Hole, the Tasman Arch, the Devil’s Kitchen and the Remarkable Cave. Apart from the sea cliffs, which are viewed best by boat or walking trail; these attractions are easily accessible by car or tour.
LACE YOUR BOOTS UP
Tasmania is well known for its walking and hiking opportunities and the Tasman Peninsula is no exception. It’s home to no less than 5 of Tasmania’s 60 great short walks.
The Tasman Peninsula is also home to the well-known Three Capes Walk; a four-day and three-night journey exploring the unique coastline of the Tasman Peninsula.
Kids will love spotting the Tasmanian pademelon, which is found nowhere else in the world. Bennetts wallabies are a common sight when exploring the Tasman Peninsula and it’s possible to spot echidna, possums and wombats as well.
If your holiday isn’t complete without the ocean spray in your hair as the boat under you scuds across the water, you will be pleased to know that fur seals, penguins, dolphins and migrating wales are also spotted regularly here.
Most people visit the Tasman Peninsula on a day tour from Hobart to see the Port Arthur Historical Site, but there is a lot more history to be explored here.
The Historic Mine site is a fantastic free place to visit and is self-guided, meaning you can explore it at your own pace. This makes a visit with young kids especially easy!
Check out the crumbling ruins of the mine site and even step into the dark solitary confinement cells. The worst behaved offenders from The Port Arthur Penitentiary were sent here for hard labour.
The Dog Line is a historic site of interest located at Eaglehawk Neck, a 30-metre-wide isthmus that in convict times was guarded by a line of dogs to prevent convicts escaping.
You can view the officers’ quarters still standing today (now a museum) and there is claim that this is the oldest wooden military building remaining in Australia. Even if kids are a little bored by the museum, they will enjoy the ferocious dog statues.
FREE THINGS TO DO
One of the great things about the Tasman Peninsula, is that there is a lot of FREE things to do. As you know, this is a huge relief when travelling with kids! Here is my list of free things to do on the Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur.
WHERE TO STAY
Port Arthur Holiday Park is located only 12 minutes from the centre of Port Arthur. It’s beautiful natural setting and the small, curious and incredibly cute pademelons that visit at dusk and dawn are a real highlight.
Accommodation options include water view cabins, bunkhouses, safari tents, ensuite and powered/unpowered sites. The facilities are modern and clean and include a playground, camp kitchen, pump track, outdoor pizza oven and fire pits.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Tasman Peninsula is an easy 90-minute drive south from the capital of Hobart in Tasmania. You can fly into Hobart from most capital cities in Australia and hire cars are available from various locations in Hobart.
If you have more time, you can take your own vehicle and cross the Bass Strait via an iconic passenger ferry, The Spirit of Tasmania.
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