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Things to do in Tasmania with kids

Things to do in Tasmania with kids

Due to Tasmania’s natural beauty and unique geological features, it’s quite easy to find things to do in Tasmania with kids without spending too much money.

In fact, apart from one attraction (that was absolutely worth the expense), the only expense we occurred on ‘fun’ things to do was the National Park entry fees.

With over 19 National Parks and reserves in Tasmania to visit, the most cost effective way of visiting 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.

Here is a great starting point for things to do in Tasmania with kids that won’t send you broke.

Discover stunning beaches along the East Coast

Tasmania has some really beautiful beaches! I don’t say this lightly, I have been lucky enough to experience some truly spectacular coastlines throughout our travels.  For some reason though, these beaches were mostly deserted when we visited.

Follow the East Coast road and pull in at one of the many picturesque sandy parking lots.

We particularly loved Honeymoon Bay, Denison Beach, Kelviden Beach and the Bay of Fires.  There are plenty more to choose from!

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A section of the Bay of Fires on Tasmania’s East Coast.

Visit the Coal Mines Historic Site

Visiting the Coal Mines Historic Site with Kids is a fantastic cheaper alternative than the Port Arthur Penitentiary site.  In fact, its free to visit!

Located on the Tasman Peninsula, the Coal Mines Historic site is one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks and at only 2km, is a great introduction to hiking for younger kids.

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There is plenty of green grass for the kids to run free between the ruins.

Explore the Tasman Peninsula

I loved the Tasman Peninsula and believe it’s seriously under-rated.  A lot of people only visit as a day trip to the Port Arthur Penitentiary but you really need to spend a few days here at least.  There are heaps of  free things to do on the Tasman Peninsula!

I recommend staying at the Port Arthur Holiday Park. We loved the natural environment, clean facilities and the cute little pademelons that visited every day at dusk and dawn.

There is a range of accommodation options from powered/unpowered sites to family cabins.  Prices are quite reasonable.

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The Tasman Arch on the Tasman Peninsula.

Go on some great day hikes

Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service have created a great list of 60 great short walks.  They lists the length, difficulty and duration; so its easy to pick one suitable for your family.

Here are some of the walks we completed:

#52 –  Douglas Apsley Waterhole and Gorge Walk

#29 – Dove Lake Circuit

#5 – The Cape Hauy Track

#51 – Evercreech Forest Reserve

#54 – Cape Tourville Lighthouse

#55 – Wineglass Bay Lookout

#2 – Coal Mines Historic Site

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Taking a break on the short Evercreech Forest Reserve walk to view the ‘White Knights’.  At nearly 100m, they are the tallest trees of their type in Australia.

Spend a few days on the Freycinet Peninsula

Once you visit the Freycinet Peninsula, you will understand why the locals flock here to the East Coast in the summer months.

There are lovely pink hued granite peaks, plenty of birdlife and some stunning secluded white sandy bays.  The views points from both the Cape Tourville lighthouse and the Wineglass Bay Lookout are awesome.

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Views from the Wineglass Bay Lookout walk. You can walk down there and dip your toes in that beautiful sand and water!

Get lost in a maze

Tasmazia and the Village of Lower Crackpot is a quirky maze and scale model village attraction in the North West of Tasmania. We loved it so much that I wrote a whole post about it that you can check out here.

If you’re going to spend your hard earned cash on one attraction in Tasmania, make sure it’s this one.  It really is fun for all family members!

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Letting the kids lead the way in the maze!

Check out some amazing local produce

Tasmania is home to many boutique producers and it’s easy to find ‘home grown’ foods here.  You can pick up freshly harvested vegetables at markets and roadside stalls all over.

Don’t go home without visiting a lavender farm (I loved the lavender infused salt) or paying a visit to an award winning cheese maker.

The Leatherwood honey produced in Tasmania is amazing and has a very distinct rich flavour.

Go wildlife spotting

You don’t have to go far to spot wildlife in Tasmania!  You will absolutely see cute pademelons at campsites, fat wombats ambling along the side of rural roads and plenty of bird life.

It’s one of the most memorable things for both kids and adults about a trip to Tasmania.

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This shy little fellow paid us a visit on the Tasman Peninsula every morning and evening whilst staying at the Port Arthur Holiday Park.

Explore the Cradle Mountain area

The Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is an absolute must see.  There are a few kid friendly walks, the wildlife is abundant and the scenery is spectacular.

We visited Dove Lake and completed the Dove Lake Circuit. It was by far, one of the most memorable things we did in Tasmania for both us and the kids.

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The iconic boat shed at Dove Lake in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania

Check out the Salamanca Markets in Hobart

The Salamanca Markets is an outdoor market, held every Saturday on Hobart’s waterfront.  The best thing about this market is that it seems to celebrate Tasmania’s culture with lots of local and boutique products on offer.

This is definitely not a market full of crappy souvenirs!  It’s a great opportunity to pick up some hand-made Tasmanian pieces in woodwork, jewelry, ceramics, fashion, local produce and more!

Take in the views from Mount Wellington

Wellington Park is a nature reserve located close to Hobart.  There are lots of walking tracks and you can even traverse the Wellington Range from the saddle of a horse or mountain bike.

If adventure is not your thing, drive or take a bus all the way to the top of Mount Wellington.  You will be amazed by the views!

Be warned that it is significantly colder and windier up here than in nearby Hobart.  There is a pinnacle observation shelter that you can escape the cold in during certain times of year once you are at the top.

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The views from Mount Wellington

Explore Hobart

As a rule, I tend not to like cities.  However, I really enjoyed Hobart!

Hobart is Tasmania’s capital and is also the second oldest capital in Australia.  As far as cities go, it’s not overly crowded, chaotic or dirty.  In fact, its quite clean and has a kind of hipster vibe.

Make sure you take a stroll around the waterfront and battery point, exploring the lane ways and boutique craft and gift shops.

Also, please don’t leave Hobart without heading to the Honey Badger Desert Cafe.  Despite the fact that their pancake stack includes both bacon and nutella, I was won over by a toastie.

Why?  Because the cheese was on the outside!

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My glorious toasty from the Honey Badger Dessert Cafe in Hobart

Prices were reasonable for a morning tea pig out and I left wishing I had more room in my belly to try something else!

How to get there and get around

Self driving is the easiest way to get around Tasmania.

You can either take your own vehicle over on the well known Spirit of Tasmania ferry, or you can do what we did; wait for some flight specials and hire a motor home in Hobart.

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Parking our hired motor home at Mole Creek Caravan Park. There are platypus in that creek!

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