If you are a true nature lover, your next destination should certainly be Tasmania. The smallest Australia's state is a bunch of 300 islands scattered 240km southeast of Australian land, with Tasmania as the major one. Intact natural beauty, along with unique wildlife, is a real treat for families with kids. We were fortunate to visit and explore Tasmania this year before they close their borders as the result of COVID-19, and we've seen some amazing sights, and we have unforgettable memories of that beautiful island. Taking your kids to Tasmania means much more than just a vacation – it is a reunion with nature and great family time.
1. Places to visit in Tasmania
You will certainly visit Hobart, the capital. After Sydney, this is the oldest of Australia's cities. With its mild oceanic climate and four seasons during the year, it is always a good place to visit. The Derwent River that runs through it and Mt Wellington at its outskirts make a contrast to the financial and administrative nature of the city. With a rich history, magnificent waterways, and gastronomic offer, the city has something for anyone. It has an important place on many people’s must-see lists because of its beauty, cultural, and historic heritage along with the modern way of life.
Not as large as some other capitals, it is still packed with things to see and do. Whether you are a history or an art lover, or perhaps a gourmand, you will have your share of fun in Hobart. Don’t fall into a trap – despite the size of the city, it takes time to enjoy it properly, so don’t rush.
You should certainly visit Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art. It is home to a large art collection of the Australian businessman D. Walsh, which is far from the expected. You should be openminded and unconventional if you want to understand its unusual concept – tunnels, light wells, rooms inside other rooms, etc.
Salamanca Market next to the waterfront is a vivid place with local produce and artisan stalls. You will be able to have a coffee while watching the picturesque scenes of busy farmers and traders.
Battery Point might be an interesting place for your kids, with its flowers along winding roads, boutiques, and pretty cottages.
Enthusiasts won’t miss the opportunity to climb Kunayi – the aboriginal name for Mount Wellington. If you want to save your time and still enjoy the stunning views of the Derwent River and Coal River Valley, take a 30-minute drive to the top. Kids will enjoy wooden walkways with several different viewpoints.
2. Tasmania For Families
National parks and reserves make almost 40 percent of the territory of Tasmania. Eighteen national parks and above 2,000km of hiking trails are some of the gifts that this great island offers.
One of the two oldest national parks in Tasmania, Mt Field is at a short distance from Hobart. Waterfalls, slopes covered with rainforests, moorlands, and the wonderful fall colors of Tarn Shelf are an unforgettable adventure for your kids, especially if you decide to stay overnight.
Cradle Mountain-lake St Clair National Park is another challenge for your adventurous family. It belongs to the World Heritage-listed Tasmanian Wilderness. Glacier mountains, gorges, lakes, and alpine moorland are awaiting fearless little adventurers. Seven of the highest Tasmania’s mountains are daring brave travelers. Abundant wildlife with wombats, wallabies, pademelons, and platypuses is the best science lesson your kids can have. Cradle Valley and Derwent Bridge are the main tourist hubs here.
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, Port Arthur, will be the best history lesson for your kids with an almost intact convict site. Visit the Port Arthur Gallery and the Isle of the Dead to learn more.
Huon Valley is also an inevitable part of any tour of Tasmania.
3. Hidden Gems in Tasmania
Freycinet National Park is another important point of interest, with hidden gems secluded and abundant in birdlife on the east coast of Tasmania.
You should also visit Flinders Island and enjoy the gorgeous coastline.
4. Accommodation in Tasmania
In Tasmania, you can choose among numerous types of accommodation according to your budget and style – apartments, hostels, bed and breakfast, caravan and camping, holiday houses and cabins and, needless to say, hotels, resorts, and lodges. Here are some few suggestions around Tasmania that we like:
This accommodation within Freycinet National Park is 2hrs drive from Hobart. You will have a panoramic view of Great Oyster Bay. It is an excellent place for families, especially if you plan to explore the Freycinet National Park and surroundings. You can rent a bike and breakfast is included
This is a great accommodation to stay if you plan to explore the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park and. It is only 3 minutes drive away from the park. You can walk around Dove Lake, treck the Overland track, see Tasmanian Devils, and quolls close up at the Cradle Tasmanian Devil sanctuary.
There are plenty of beautiful waterfront towns in Tasmania, and Strahan village is one of them. It is located on the bay of Macquarie harbour, and 4 hrs drive from Hobart and hour and a half from Cradle Mountain. If you stay here, don’t forget to take a cruise down the Gordon River or Bonnet Island. You can also visit the local Huon Pine sawmills and ride on the West Coast wilderness railway.
If you want to experience and see the largest outdoor market in Aussie, you might as well stay at Salamanca Hotel. It is in the historic area of the city. It is a great boutique hotel for the family. They also have luxurious penthouse suites with all the great amenities you will need to relax while in Hobart. The apartments are spacious and free parking is available. The location is superb to explore the downtown.
Another great location to stay in the city.Very close to the waterfront and a great place to explore the city on foot. It is also a short walk from Salamanca Wharf and the market. The hotel is modern, and Each room has panoramic views of the harbour or Mount Wellington.
5. What To Eat in Tasmania?
You can try piquant Tasmania’s cuisine like fresh oysters grown in nearby farms, salmon, various pies, Wasabi cheese, and exquisite locally grown olive oil. Sweeten your vacation with some leatherwood honey.
6. Useful Tips for the first-timers to Tasmania
- You should certainly visit the Coal River Valley for vine testing as it is one of the most important wine-producing regions.
- Don’t forget to protect your skin, you can get sunburnt easily.
- Tasmania's weather is unpredictable. So even in hot weather, it is wise to take some warmer clothes.
- Get all you need in time – shops, petrol stations and other places you may need close early.
- There are entrance fees to national parks.
- To protect their valuable environment, Tasmania imposed very strict quarantine rules. You should get informed thoroughly before your arrival.
7. What Is Best Time to Visit Tasmania?
What you consider to be the best time to visit Tasmania depends on your preferences. Tasmania's summer is from December to February with an average of 210C. Autumn can be exquisite. If you prefer winter sports, you can expect snow between June and August. You can’t make a mistake because there are various activities for passionate travelers in any season.
8. Public Transportation In Tasmania
Public bus services run throughout Tasmania. In Hobart, Launceston, and Burnie there is also the metro service. If you like more freedom, you can rent a car.
No matter whether you choose to visit Launceston, St Helens, and other cities or stick to the countryside traveling schedule, you will experience the real spirit of “Tassie”. Don’t forget to put this magnificent island on your bucket list.