Tasmania may be small in size but it certainly punches above its weight in terms of family fun. Australia’s only island state, Tassie is famed for its impressive scenery and incredible natural beauty. From the soaring heights of Mt Wellington to the eclectic stalls at the Salamanca Markets, parents and kids alike will be able to enjoy the great outdoors with a holiday to one of our very own gems.
Here are our top five family friendly attractions in Tasmania.
Tasmania’s most picturesque peak, Mt Wellington rises 1,270 metres above Hobart’s Harbour. Find your way to the summit and you will be greeted with impressive panoramic views across Hobart, Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula. After exploring the series of viewing platforms you can enjoy the lush surrounds by going bushwalking, horse riding or rock climbing. Fern Tree Park is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch with sheltered tables and wood fired barbeques. Be sure to bring your winter woollies though, as Mt Wellington is known as the windiest spot in Hobart.
Hollybank Treetops Adventure
Experience the natural beauty of Tasmania with an exhilarating ride through the stunning forest canopies of Launceston. Hollybank Treetops Adventure takes guests on a three hour high wire adventure tour through the lush rainforest. Kids aged eight and under can ride tandem with mum or dad, with kids as young as three joining in the fun. Enjoy the thrill as you glide through the treetops while admiring the peaceful surrounds. For those seeking adrenaline pumping action, consider embarking on an enchanted night tour where only your helmet’s lamp will light the way.
Often touted as being Australia’s best outdoor market, Hobart’s famous Salamanca Markets are open every Saturday. Wander more than 300 hundred stalls housing all kinds of treasures, from hand worked glass and Tasmanian timbers to colourful clothing and jewellery. Be tempted by the array of food vendors offering hot baked spuds, freshly brewed coffee or sumptuous pastries while listening to the tunes of the local buskers. Set right on Hobart’s spectacular waterfront, the Salamanca Markets are a popular spot for sampling a breakfast or brunch treat.
Freycinet National Park
With over 45 percent of Tasmania classed as national parklands, it is inevitable that travellers will explore at least one. Freycinet National Park is a unique peninsula encompassing coastal dunes, unspoilt beaches and pink granite mountains. Perhaps its most famous attraction is the pristine shores and vibrant turquoise waters of Wineglass Bay. Constantly recognised as one of the world’s best beaches, the surrounding waters are ideal for kayaking, swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving. Many choose to enjoy a relaxing cruise through Wineglass Bay.
Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory
The kids are bound to get excited about a trip to the Cadbury Chocolate Factory in Tasmania. While the factory tour is no longer operating, guests can still visit the factory to learn more about their favourite sweet. Watch an informative movie about the chocolate making process before collecting a small Cadbury show bag. Enjoy a hot chocolate or milkshake at the Cadbury cafe before stocking up on all your holiday treats at the discounted chocolate shop.