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Alyssa Tresider
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Family-friendly things to do in Hobart.

It’s no surprise that we love a good road trip, and Hobart in Tasmania is nothing short of amazing when it comes to great road trip itinerary ideas. With so much to see and do for every member of the family, it’s one destination we highly recommend checking out on a driving holiday in Tasmania. This blog is going to outline some of our must-see and do experiences and activities that are family-friendly in the area. Plus, when you arrive we’re sure you’ll find many more great things to do on your family road trip in a campervan hire.



Why you should put Hobart on your road trip itinerary

Hobart should definitely be on your road trip itinerary and a bucket list for family travel adventures! This charming city offers a mix of stunning natural landscapes, rich history, delicious food, and vibrant arts scene. With so many things to do in Tasmania, your travels can expand to the surrounding areas.

When you visit Hobart, you can explore the iconic Salamanca Place, take a stroll on the picturesque waterfront, and even visit the renowned Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Plus, with its close proximity to the beautiful wilderness of Mount Wellington and the breathtaking Tasman Peninsula, there are endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. We’ll have more on all of these great attractions soon, but firstly…

To make the most of your road trip adventure, an Apollo campervan hire is the way to go. With comfortable and well-equipped vehicles, you'll have the freedom to explore at your own pace and stay close to nature. Whether you want to camp in national parks or discover hidden beaches, an Apollo camper will be your perfect family road trip mobile.

Plus, with the nearest Apollo branch actually located in Hobart, it’s a simple and stress-free start to your holiday. So, why wait? Grab an Apollo camper, hit the road, and start exploring the stunning surroundings of Hobart today!


The best 10 things to do in Hobart with kids

Hike up Mount Wellington

First on our list of family-friendly things to do in Hobart is a nature-filled experience. Located in Tasmania, Mount Wellington is a majestic mountain that offers breathtaking views and endless opportunities for outdoor activities with the whole family.

When you hike up Mount Wellington, you'll be surrounded by stunning landscapes and diverse flora and fauna. The mountain stands at an impressive height of 1,271 metres and provides a challenging yet rewarding experience for hikers of all skill levels. Once you reach the summit, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of Hobart city, the Derwent River, and the surrounding wilderness. It's truly a sight to behold! But hiking is not the only thing you can do here. Mount Wellington also offers mountain biking trails for adrenaline junkies and picnic spots for those who prefer a more relaxed outing.

One of the best things about Mount Wellington is that it's great for the whole family. There are various hiking trails suited for different fitness levels, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the experience. Plus, kids will love exploring nature and spotting wildlife along the way.


Stroll through the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Tasmania. These gardens are a haven for nature lovers and a perfect place to spend a day with the family.

Spread across 14 hectares, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens showcase an impressive collection of plants from around the world. From lush green lawns to vibrant flower beds, you'll be greeted with a stunning display of colours and smells as you stroll through this botanical paradise. While here you can take a leisurely walk along the winding paths and discover rare plant species, explore themed gardens like the Japanese Garden or the Herb Garden, and visit the Conservatory, home to exotic orchids and tropical plants.

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are not just for plant enthusiasts - they're great for the whole family! Kids will love running around in open spaces, playing on playgrounds, or having picnics on sunny days. The gardens also host various events and workshops throughout the year that cater to all ages.

Meet the wildlife at Zoodoo Zoo

The next place on our list is Zoodoo Zoo, a place where you can get up close and personal with an incredible array of wildlife.

Zoodoo Zoo is a unique animal park that offers an immersive experience for visitors of all ages. From majestic lions and cheeky monkeys to adorable koalas and playful meerkats, there's no shortage of fascinating creatures to meet here. At Zoodoo Zoo, you can do more than just observe the animals from a distance. You can hand-feed kangaroos, interact with friendly lemurs, and even have the opportunity to cuddle a koala. The zoo also offers exciting wildlife presentations and informative keeper talks throughout the day.

What makes Zoodoo Zoo truly special is that it's not just educational - it's also great fun for the whole family. Kids will love getting up close to their favourite animals, while parents can relax in the beautiful surroundings of the zoo. With its spacious enclosures and well-maintained facilities, Zoodoo Zoo ensures a memorable day out for everyone.


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Soak up the culture at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery 

If you're looking to immerse yourself in the rich culture of Tasmania, a visit to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is a must. This vibrant institution is a treasure trove of history, art, and natural wonders.

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) showcases a diverse range of exhibits that highlight the unique heritage and natural beauty of Tasmania. From ancient Aboriginal artefacts to contemporary art installations, there's something here for everyone to enjoy. When you step inside TMAG, you'll have the opportunity to explore fascinating exhibitions that delve into Tasmania's past and present. Discover the stories of early settlers, learn about the island's extraordinary wildlife, or marvel at stunning artworks by local artists.

What sets TMAG apart is its family-friendly atmosphere. There are interactive displays and hands-on activities that will engage visitors of all ages. Kids can embark on exciting treasure hunts or participate in educational workshops while parents appreciate the captivating displays.

Wander through Salamanca Market

Up next is the Salamanca Market, a vibrant and bustling marketplace nestled in the heart of Hobart. This iconic market is a must-visit destination on your next road trip in Tasmania as it is a hit with locals and tourists alike!

Salamanca Market offers a delightful sensory experience with its diverse range of stalls. From fresh produce and local delicacies to handmade crafts and unique artwork, there is something here for everyone. Take your time to wander through the maze-like lanes, discovering hidden treasures at every turn. Indulge in delicious street food from around the world, savouring flavours that will tantalise your taste buds. Browse through racks of vintage clothing or find that perfect piece of handmade jewellery. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as talented musicians fill the air with melodic tunes.

What makes Salamanca Market special is its family-friendly nature. It's an ideal outing for all ages, offering activities and entertainment that will keep everyone engaged. Children can enjoy face painting or take part in interactive workshops while parents explore the diverse range of stalls.


Enjoy the views at Cape Bruny Lighthouse

Cape Bruny Lighthouse is another great family-friendly activity to do while in Hobart. This stunning lighthouse is located on the southernmost point of Bruny Island, and is still fully operational to this day.

Its location boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the rugged coastline and Southern Ocean that will leave you in awe. There are plenty of things to do here besides admiring the views. You can take a guided tour of the lighthouse and learn about its fascinating history, explore the surrounding area and go on picturesque walks that will give you a chance to spot wildlife in their natural habitat. For those who love stargazing, make sure to visit at night - the sky is truly a sight to behold!

Cape Bruny Lighthouse is perfect for the whole family. Kids can learn about the history of the lighthouse and explore the natural wonders of Bruny Island. There are plenty of picnic spots available too, so pack your campervan hire before you arrive with some picnic food and enjoy the views as you dine with the family.


Have a picnic at St David’s Park

Located in the heart of Hobart is St David’s Park, a charming park that is surrounded by stately colonial buildings, offering a peaceful oasis amidst the bustling city.

One of the best things to do here is to have a picnic with the family. There are plenty of lush green spaces that are perfect for spreading out a blanket and enjoying a relaxing picnic. You can also take a stroll through the beautiful rose gardens and take in the fragrant blooms. For those who are interested in history, there are several colonial relics throughout the park that give a glimpse into Tasmania's past.

St David’s Park is a great place for the whole family to enjoy. Kids can run around on the open lawns, play on the playground, while parents can enjoy the beautiful scenery and relaxing atmosphere.


Explore Tasmanian Transport Museum 

The Tasmanian Transport Museum in Hobart is a fascinating place dedicated to the history of transportation in Tasmania, making it a great educational and interesting stop on your family road trip.

This museum is a treasure trove of vintage vehicles, including trains, trams, buses, and cars, that have played a significant role in Tasmania's transportation system. When you visit the museum, you can explore the collection of beautifully restored vehicles and learn about their historical significance through interactive exhibits and displays. Take a ride on one of the historic trams or trains and experience a journey back in time. There are also knowledgeable guides who can provide interesting insights into the exhibits.

The Tasmanian Transport Museum is a fantastic place for the whole family. Kids will be delighted to see and learn about the old trains and trams, and there are often hands-on activities and workshops specifically designed for young visitors. It's a great educational experience that combines history, engineering, and fun.


Ghost Tour of Port Arthur 

Another great family-friendly experience, with a little more thrill in Hobart is the Ghost Tour of Port Arthur. This is an exciting experience that takes you into the dark and haunted history of one of Australia's most famous convict sites.

During the tour, you will explore the atmospheric ruins of Port Arthur, including the notorious Penitentiary, the Separate Prison, and the old Commandant's House, all known for their paranormal activity. Expert guides will tell you bone-chilling stories of the ghosts and spirits that are said to still linger within the walls of these historic buildings. Apart from the spooky tales, you can also learn about the fascinating history of the convict era and the hardships endured by the prisoners. The tour creates an immersive experience using lanterns and sound effects to enhance the creepy atmosphere.

Despite its ghostly theme, the tour is suitable for the whole family. Teenagers and adults can enjoy the thrill of the supernatural while younger kids can learn about the fascinating history in a unique and engaging way.



Cruise along the water on the Iron Pot Cruise

Last on our list of family-friendly things to do in Hobart is the Iron Pot Cruise, a delightful and scenic experience on the water.

This cruise takes you on a leisurely ride along the stunning coastline, providing panoramic views of Hobart and its surrounding areas. During the cruise, you can enjoy the fresh sea breeze and soak in the beauty of Tasmania's picturesque landscapes. One of the highlights is passing by the iconic Iron Pot Lighthouse, which has been guiding ships for almost two centuries. The knowledgeable guides will share interesting stories and historical facts about the lighthouse and the surrounding area. Along the way, keep an eye out for wildlife such as seals, dolphins, and seabirds that are often spotted in the waters around Hobart.

The Iron Pot Cruise is great for the whole family because it offers a relaxing and enjoyable experience for everyone. Kids will be thrilled to see marine life up close and learn about lighthouses, while parents can appreciate the beautiful scenery and learn about the region's history.


Ready to explore Hobart with Apollo?

From history explorations and scenic cruises to bustling markets and animal encounters, Hobart really does have something for every family on a road trip. If you can’t wait to get out and start exploring this great region in a campervan hire, then head online to Apollo today to book your camper!

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