The sun is out, the flowers are blooming and the kids are on holidays! It’s the perfect time to get out and explore Southern Tasmania. If you’re stuck for ideas on what to do and where to go, check out our updated list of the top 50 things to do with the family this school holiday season.
HOBART & SURROUNDS
1. Head to the waterfront and check out the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the second oldest museum in Australia. For families with kids 0-7, the new exhibit, mapiya lumi, is a must-do. Purposefully designed with a child’s perspective in mind, this unique exhibit makes for an engaging visit for young children and their careers. Entry to the exhibit and museum are free but bookings are required so remember to secure your spot before you go!
2. Put your thinking caps on and check out the Evolo Room Escape. Just beware of your kids outsmarting you. The minimum recommended age for participating is 16 years old.
4. Sail past Australia’s oldest lighthouse, the iconic Wrest Point Casino, the Shot Tower at Taroona and much more while learning about Hobart’s unique maritime history on an Iron Pot Cruises (2.5 hours).
5. Try to learn something new together and book in for a private sailing lesson with the Derwent Sailing Squadron.
6. Go on an island adventure with Maria Island Shuttle. Start the day by hopping on the shuttle to Triabunna marina from either Hobart CBD, Cambridge, Seven Mile Beach, Richmond or Sorell. You’ll then enjoy a stunning 4hr scenic cruise of Maria Island’s incredible coastline plus a guided tour of the Island’s World Heritage listed convict settlement later in the afternoon.
7. Get the adrenaline pumping with a mountain bike ride from the top of kunanyi/Mt Wellington down to Hobart. The kunanyi/Mt Wellington Mountain Explorer lets you BYO bike but remember to book it a spot in advance.
8. Feast your eyes on the beautiful spring blooms at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
9. Take a trip to Theatre Royal for Terrapin’s school holiday performances of A Not So Traditional Story, a humorous production that tells an important story of culture, identity, bravery and friendship.
10. Indulge in a truly Tasmanian ice-cream treat at VDL Creamery. Unique flavour choices include Peach and Lemon Myrtle, Pepperberry and Leatherwood Honey and Lavender and White Chocolate just to name a few.
11. Spend Saturday mornings leisurely strolling around Salamanca Market.
12. Discover what the daily lives of the heroic AAE expeditioners was like at the Mawson’s Hut Replica Museum.
13. Delight in a spot of Traditional Afternoon Tea at Hadley’s Oriental Hotel.
14. Make the most of the sunny days and warm weather by heading to the beach. There are plenty to choose from including favourites such as Sandy Bay or Long Beach.
15. Bounce around and burn off some energy at Supaworld Hobart. From the trampoline park to rock climbing, dodgeball, high ropes and more, a day spent here is sure to end with a good night’s sleep for all.
16. Take a tour of the Hobart Convict Penitentiary and explore the underground tunnels, chapel, solitary cells and gallows. Book in for a Ghost Tour to hear incredible stories of paranormal activity that continue to haunt the site today!
17. Immerse yourself in 19th century life on a ride with Heritage Horse Drawn Carriages.
COAL RIVER VALLEY
18. If you’re a foodie family, Coal River Farm is the place to go. Whether it’s meeting the farm animals, picking seasonal fruits and berries or watching delectable chocolates being made, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
19. For the ultimate school holiday wildlife experiences head to Zoo Doo and check out their holiday program featuring Devil Detectives with Parks and Wildlife Rangers, Native Seed Planting, CWA Stall at the cafe, live music by Silver Zephyr and much more.
20. Visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Tasmania’s largest 24/6 Wildlife Rescue Service to learn about the native animals and what we can do to protect them.
21. Take a drive to Richmond for a fun and informative visit to the iconic Pooseum, a museum dedicated to providing education about defecation!
22. Paddle out on the Derwent River with Tassie Bound and see if you can spot the increasingly elusive local platypus in their natural habitat on their 3 hour, fully guided Paddle with the Platypus tour.
23. Enjoy a little country hospitality and meet the animals with a stay at Curringa Farm.
24. From fly fishing to photography tuition, 28 gates Farmstay has plenty of activities to keep the entire family occupied for a day or two or maybe a few more.
25. Shred the trails from October 1st at Maydena Bike Park.
26. Take in the incredible natural wonders at Mt. Field National Park, one of Tasmania’s most diverse national parks. If you’re lucky you might even spot a platypus, eastern quoll or wedge-tailed eagle.
27. Pedal your way through Maydena with Railtrack Riders, Australia’s first and only pedal railway.
28. Head straight to the centre of the state (literally) to check out the Waddamana Power Station Heritage Site and learn about the industrial history of hydropower in Tasmania.
29. Check out the sculptures at the Steppes Historic Site.
30. Step back through time and delve into Tasmania’s convict past at Port Arthur Historic Site. From 26th September to 8th October, Far From Home Family Tours will be running at 12pm and 2:30pm each day at no extra cost to family groups where you’ll get to hear stories about the young boys that served time at Point Puer Boys’ Prison. Book in advance to secure a spot on one of these limited tours.
31. Introduce your little devils to Tasmania’s little devils at the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo.
32. Set sail on a 3 hour Tasman Island Cruise where you can admire the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere and encounter ocean wildlife such as dolphins, seals and seabirds.
34. Take a walk through Tasmania’s first operational mine at the Coal Mines Historic Site. Not only is it beautiful and educational but it’s also absolutely free.
35. Make memories and do some good old-fashioned family bonding while taking on the four day/three night Three Capes Track together.
36. Have a little laugh while driving through Doo Town and checking out all the quirky shack/house names.
37. Feel the need for speed? Hyperdrive is the place to go. With 1600m2 of specially designed indoor track, it’s a guaranteed fun time no matter the weather.
38. Search for a platypus along the Geeveston Platypus Walk.
39. Make moo-ves with a Highland Getaway ATV Farm Tour Safari and meet some of the adorable Highland Cattle and their calves on the property.
40. Take a walk on the wild side along the Tahune Airwalk at Tahune Adventures. Soak in the incredible scenery from 30 metres above the forest floor and eventually reach a height of 50 metres above the Huon River. If heights really aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other walks that will keep you closer to ground level.
41. 90mins of calm might seem hard to come by on the school holidays but Yukon Tours and their Calm Water Cruise will have you sailing in harmony with the wind and waves so you can sit back and enjoy the ride on their traditional tall ship.
42. Camp under the stars or enjoy the coziness of a cabin at River Run Lodge.
43. Go behind the scenes of a working dairy farm at Deep Water Farm, Glen Huon. Every day on the farm is different, one day you might be bottle feeding new-born calves and the next you might be learning how the cows are milked.
44. Appreciate the rugged southern coastline with the award-winning Bruny Island Cruises.
45. Uncover the magical underground world of Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs. Make a day of it and explore the caves, swim in the warm springs, meander along the walking tracks and make use of the BBQ and picnic facilities for lunch.
46. Kayak along either the Lune River, Port Esperance Bay, the Huon River or Recherche Bay with Esperance Adventures.
47. Hop on the ride of your life at Huon Jet, the only white water rapids jet boat in Australia.
48. Go on a boutique farm tour at Gardners Bay Farm, Port Cygnet Cannery and learn how efficient small-scale agricultural systems can be. And stay for some of the best pizza in Tassie!
49. Experience wildlife like never before with Inala Nature Tours. Led by Dr. Tonia Cochran and her expert team, you’ll have the chance to learn from qualified scientists and travel experts while exploring their 1,500 acre conservation reserve which is home to all twelve endemic bird species.
50. If your kids are aged 12+, take them on an exhilarating outing with Tasmanian Jet Ski Adventures.
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