Family vacations in Tasmania
Is Tasmania good for families?
Easy to get around whether on a guided small group trip, or on a more independent self-drive vacation, with short driving distances and abundant kid-friendly accommodation, Tasmania is a fantastic destination for families. Here adventurous activities abound for the intrepid, there are walks to suit all lengths of leg, and the food is so good that you’ll always be looking ahead to the next mealtime. And with Tasmania’s eclectic ecosystems, bringing your kids up close and personal with nature is a breeze, making for some memorable encounters.
Activities for families in Tasmania
What to do with little ones
Twilight sagas. Nightfall is when Tasmania comes brilliantly to life for kids. Pack a torch for everyone and instead of driving to your local restaurant, take a walk and see all the nocturnal wildlife emerge. It’s everywhere – the ultimate find being the elusive Tasmanian Devil. You don’t have to climb a mountain to find wildlife wonders here. And away from urban areas, the night skies are perfect for showing your kids how to find the constellations.
Fly by night. Tasmania is home to Australia’s longest, continuous cable ride, taking you up high in the forest canopy near Launceston in the North. Hollybank Treetop Adventure is one of the island’s best family days out, soaring over the Cataract Gorge. Other
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include a river
From cradle to canyon. Between the months of Nov-April, children over the age of eight can climb, swim, abseil and jump their way down through a variety of canyons, creeks and waterfalls along the Dove River, and the in the Cradle Mountain UNESCO World Heritage Area. Surrounded by ancient pines, wombats and other creatures looking on curiously. Who said conservation wasn’t fun?
Tips for families
responsible travel asks the experts
“What children love more than anything else is the wildlife interaction and as well as getting really up close to kangaroos and wallabies, baby wombats and so on, they get a really good education about the importance of conservation. Bonorong is perfect for this and definitely worth booking. So always get off the beaten track so that you can really immerse yourself in wildlife. The places to stay may be rustic or simple, but that is fine because children don’t really worry about being posh. And a lot of these places have been nurturing the land for wildlife for decades.”
“The Arthur River cruise up in the NW is much more child friendly than the Gordon River cruise just because the children get to be so much more active. One of my children got to drive the boat and the other one was having her face painted in the old Aboriginal paints by the guide. It’s not particularly promoted as a child friendly tour; they don’t do that in Tassie, because just about everything here is great for families.”