Tasmania with Kids
I can honestly say that Tasmania is now officially my favourite Australian state. With over 19 national parks, pristine beaches, rugged coastlines, great hiking, fascinating history and plenty to occupy the foodies; Tasmania literally has everything!
One thing I loved about Tasmania was how outdoors it is. Heading to Tasmania with kids is a great opportunity to get them away from the screen and enjoy the natural beauty of their surrounds.
Due to it’s unique geological features and multitude of national parks and reserves, it’s quite easy to find things to do in Tasmania with without spending too much money.
You will absolutely want to visit a few National Parks whilst exploring Tasmania. The most cost effective way of doing this is to buy an 8 week pass which gets a whole family into all of Tasmania’s National Parks. Passes can be purchased online here.
If you are into hiking, you will already know that the multi-day hiking opportunities in Tasmania are fantastic. Did you know that the day hikes are also awesome? Quite a few of them are suitable for families as well!
Check out this list of 60 Great Short Walks published by Tasmania’s National Parks and Wildlife Service. The list details length, difficulty and duration of each walk so it’s easy to choose one that’s suitable for your family.
My favourite places in Tasmania with kids
The Tasman Peninsula
I loved the Tasman Peninsula because there was a lot of free things to see and do as well as some really unique geological features. A highlight for us was the Coal Mines Historic Site and the Cape Hauy Track.
I recommend staying at the Port Arthur Holiday Park. The prices are reasonable and they have something to suit all budgets; from powered/unpowered sites to family cabins. We loved the natural environment, clean facilities and the cute little pademelons that visited every day at dusk and dawn.
The East Coast
The East Coast of Tasmania is extremely picturesque and there are a lot of uncrowded beautiful beaches to explore. We particularly enjoyed staying in the small town of Bicheno due to it’s proximity to the Douglas Apsley National Park and the pretty beaches and small town vibe.
Other highlights include the Freycinet Peninsula and of course, the Bay of Fires.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
We were lucky enough to visit this national park whilst there was still snow on the ground. Watching the wombats amble around the grassy plains covered in snow as we headed towards Dove Lake was just beautiful. I recommend doing the Dove Lake Circuit walk, this would be a great walk in the warmer months as well.
Hobart is a surprisingly enjoyable city. It’s Australia’s second oldest capital but doesn’t have that ‘dirty’ feel that a lot of cities have. It has a bit of a hipster vibe about it and you absolutely have to make sure you are visiting on a Saturday when the Salamanca Markets are on. It’s a great opportunity to pick up some hand-made Tasmanian products and produce.
We stayed at the Fountainside Hotel which I can’t fault. Our room was modern and clean with a decent sized bathroom and shower.
…for next time
Unfortunately, we ran out of time to visit Launceston and south of Hobart. When we return, I would love to spend a week or two exploring the western wilderness of Tasmania.
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