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Alyssa Tresider
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Top 10 Family-Friendly Things To Do In Tasmania.

There is so much raw beauty in Tasmania, so many incredible places to visit, and so many things to do in Tasmania, which is why it’s a great place to rent a travel van on a family holiday. To make your Tasmanian road trip itinerary planning all the easier, we thought we’d list out top 10 things to do with the family while here. Whether you’re a nature lover, foodie or history buff, there is something for every type of traveler in this incredible part of Australia.

A motorhome or campervan hire is the best way to see Tasmania, and with the comfort and convenience of an Apollo camper, there is no better match. With enough space for the whole family, as well as all you need in one well-designed van, this will be one family holiday you’ll cherish forever.


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Explore the wilderness at Cradle Mountain

First on our list of top 10 family-friendly things to do in Tasmania is to visit Cradle Mountain, a nature lover's paradise! Boasting dense forests, shimmering lakes, and rugged peaks painting the landscape, it's a playground for adventurers of all ages.

You’ll find a great selection of walking trails to suit every skill level, including around Dove Lake and up to Marion’s Lookout.  Along the trails, be sure to look out for wombats, wallabies, and the elusive Tasmanian devil. If you're into birdwatching, you're in for a treat with unique species all about, and those who love to fish can cast a line in the pristine alpine waters.

Cradle Mountain is perfect for the whole family thanks to its selection of trails to suit every age, with some even designed just for the curious minds of kids!


Get up close with animals at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is next on our list and is a place where Australian critters steal the show! Nestled in the heart of Tasmania's beauty, this sanctuary is a slice of animal paradise.

With sprawling landscapes and bushy hideaways, it’s like a dreamy retreat for the furry and feathered. Here, your day is packed with up-close encounters with the wildlife. You can hand-feed kangaroos, marvel at the quirky wombats, and get close with the elusive Tassie devils. From educational talks by passionate keepers to guided tours that unveil the secrets of native species, there’s something for everyone.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary will be loved by the whole family and is sure to be a place where life-long memories are made.


Step back in time at Port Arthur Historic Site

The Port Arthur Historic Site is where history comes to life in a captivating way. Nestled on the stunning Tasman Peninsula, this site is a mesmerising journey back in time that the whole family will love.

Imagine strolling through the well-preserved ruins of a 19th-century penal settlement, exploring the sprawling grounds, and taking in the fascinating atmosphere of the old buildings, including the imposing penitentiary and the elegant Commandant's House.  You can join an informative guided tour to unravel the stories of convicts and settlers who once called this place home.

What makes Port Arthur truly special is its family-friendly appeal. Engaging activities like the "Convict Hunt" challenge and interactive exhibits ensure that history becomes an exciting adventure for all ages. Kids can solve mysteries, and parents can indulge in captivating tales, a perfect blend of entertainment and education.


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Cruise along the stunning Bruny Island

Gather the family and hop aboard the Bruny Island Cruise for a wonderful island escapade that's as fun as it is breathtaking!

The Bruny Island Cruise is a family-friendly activity that invites you to enjoy a leisurely sail along crystal-clear waters, surrounded by rugged cliffs and pristine beaches. This cruise is your ticket to exploring the untouched beauty of Bruny Island, with a sprinkle of family-friendly fun. Navigate through hidden coves and sea caves, as your expert guides share tales and facts about the island's history and wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins riding the bow waves and adorable fur seals sunbathing on the rocks. You can explore the sea caves up close in a kayak, while the little ones can have a blast spotting unique seabirds and other critters. Then, while aboard you can indulge in a gourmet picnic lunch featuring local treats.

Bruny Island Cruise isn't just a boat ride, it's an unforgettable journey into nature's wonderland, where the whole family can make memories together.


Unwind at Freycinet National Park 

Next on our list of family-friendly things to do in Tasmania is a visit to the picturesque haven of Freycinet National Park, a coastal gem nestled on Tasmania's eastern shores. This natural wonderland is a dreamy escape for nature enthusiasts and families alike.

With turquoise waters lapping sandy white shores, all embraced by rugged granite mountains, it’s an awe-inspiring place to visit. While here we recommend meandering along the well-trodden trails like the iconic Wineglass Bay lookout hike, where breathtaking vistas await your every step. Then, hire a kayak and paddle along the pristine coastline or slip into your snorkeling gear to explore underwater marvels.

It’s great for the whole family as there are trails to suit every fitness level and age group. As well as pristine beaches where everyone is sure to feel relaxed. The crystal-clear waters are perfect for safe swimming, and the park's wildlife will surely delight everyone. So, whether you're a hiker, beach lover, or wildlife enthusiast, Freycinet National Park weaves its magic into an unforgettable family escape.


Soak up the culture at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

When in Tasmania you must visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG). This vibrant establishment is a delightful blend of history, art, and discovery.

The whole family will love strolling through diverse exhibits that showcase Tasmania's rich heritage, from its Indigenous roots to modern times. Marvel at the awe-inspiring artworks that capture the essence of this unique island, and explore interactive displays that range from ancient fossils to contemporary masterpieces. With real-life whale skeletons and hands-on workshops, the kids will be amused and entertained for hours.

With a perfect mix of history, art, and interactive fun, TMAG ensures everyone's having a blast while soaking in knowledge.


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Ride the West Coast Wilderness Railway

Another wonderful family-friendly thing to do while on a family road trip in Tasmania is to visit the West Coast Wilderness Railway that winds through the lush heart of Tasmania's wild west.

This railway is a charming blend of history and scenic beauty, chugging through untamed rainforests and rugged terrain. Imagine vintage steam engines puffing along narrow tracks, while you soak up breathtaking panoramas of mountains, rivers, and old mining sites. Once aboard, you’ll experience a guided journey back in time, learning about the area's fascinating history from friendly onboard experts, and enjoy a delicious meal of local cuisine served on the train.

This adventure is tailor-made for the whole family. Kids will be captivated by the train’s functions and the excitement of an old-school ride, while grown-ups can indulge in the scenic beauty and captivating stories. It's like a mini-education vacation wrapped in the charm of yesteryears.


Wander Around Salamanca Market

Nestled in the heart of Hobart, the vibrant Salamanca Market is a Saturday morning event that ignites your senses and captures your heart. Set against the backdrop of charming 19th-century sandstone warehouses, this bustling market is a kaleidoscope of colours, aromas, and sounds.

Wander through the maze of stalls, offering an eclectic mix of handmade crafts, locally grown produce, and gourmet treats. Savour the aroma of freshly baked pastries, while tapping your feet to the tunes of talented street musicians. From intricate jewellery to whimsical ceramics, the market is a treasure trove of unique souvenirs. For the little ones, face painting, buskers, and a kid-friendly zone ensure endless fun.

Salamanca Market isn't just a market; it's an experience that caters to all ages. Families bond over delectable food, share stories with artists, and create lasting memories against a picturesque backdrop. Whether you're a foodie, an art enthusiast, or simply seeking a joyful outing, this market promises a day of delight for everyone.



Get lost at Tasmazia & The Village Of Lower Crackpot

Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot is a whimsical wonderland that promises a day of laughter and exploration for the whole family. Nestled in the heart of Tasmania, this attraction is anything but ordinary.

Here you’ll find a maze of mazes, each with its own theme and twist, ready to challenge your sense of direction. As you navigate through the labyrinthine pathways, you'll stumble upon quirky and pint-sized buildings in the Village of Lower Crackpot, where imagination runs wild. From the Embassy of Food to the Court House of Cards, each building is a delightful surprise.

Tasmazia is the ultimate playground for kids and adults alike, where creativity knows no bounds and laughter echoes around every corner. A perfect place for any family road trip where life-long memories will be made.


Learn and play at the Discovery Centre in Launceston

If your travels take you to Launceston, you absolutely can't miss the awesome Discovery Centre.

Here you’ll find interactive exhibits, hands-on activities and a vibe that's perfect for kids and grown-ups alike. You'll dive into mind-boggling science, uncover the secrets of Tasmania’s unique wildlife, and maybe even travel back in time for a little dose of history. From experimenting with physics to meeting local critters up close, there's no shortage of things to do. You can tinker, play, and learn your heart out, all while making unforgettable memories with the family.

From the kids to the adults, this place will surely amaze the whole family and offer a whole lot of "Wow, did you know that?!" moments that you’ll be talking about for a long time to come.


Ready to explore Tasmania?

So there you have it, our top 10 family-friendly things to do in Tasmania on a family road trip. Of course, there are many more activities and experiences to be had here, but these are a great starting point for your travel itinerary.

If you’re ready to get out there and explore Australia with the family, then head online to hire your Apollo campervan today!

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