Family Activity Ideas for Days Out in Tasmania
With a sense of its own identity that is very different from that which you find on the mainland, Tasmania has plenty to offer families as a holiday destination. As well its own rich flora and fauna, the island has plenty of top activities that will keep younger ones entertained. If you are planning a trip to Tasmania and wondering what sort of family-based fun you can have together, read on.
Steam Along the Don River Railway
Much of Tasmania's rail network has disappeared in recent decades with nearly everything being transported by boat or hauled over the island's roads. However, the Don River Railway has survived and is a fantastic place to head if you have never travelled by a steam train before. With a number of powerful steam locomotives that are kept in pristine condition, this is the ideal place to head on a Sunday when the locos are in action. It is a short drive from Devonport and rides last for about half an hour. The visitor centre has a well-kept museum and there are plenty of things to see and do for kids of all ages.
Discover the Natural Beauty of Seahorses
Located on Flinders Street at Beauty Point, the visitor attraction of Seahorse World takes an immersive look into the beautiful, if strange, world of, well . . . seahorses. These incredibly delicate creatures are on show in state of the art tanks which allows visitors to get up close and personal. The stunning sea dragons are certainly not to be missed and, what's more, children under four years of age are admitted without charge!
Feel the Thrill of Sea Fishing
A popular pastime for adults and older kids, sea fishing expeditions can be organised from any of Tasmania's major ports, such as Hobart. Skippered vessels are the best bet if you are new to sea fishing, but those with experience should opt for a self-drive boat hire. It is the perfect way to keep teenagers entertained for an entire day and to see the ocean for yourself.
Monkey Around at the Hollybank Treetops Adventure
Ideal for families with school-age kids who need to do something energetic, this adventure play land is situated around a twenty-minute drive from Launceston. Much of the experience at Hollybank takes place in the canopy of the forest some 20 metres above the ground. Safety harnesses and hard hats are provided, which are essential, especially as the zip wire you'll need to zoom along is over a hundred metres in length, making it Australia's longest.