Family Travel – Tasmania

Travel Time: Hobart – 1½ hr from Melbourne, 2 hr from Sydney, 2 hr from Adelaide, 4 ½ hr from Perth, 5 hr from Darwin. 45 min flight/2½ hr drive between Hobart and Launceston.

Weather: Tasmania experiences four distinct seasons, each with their own unique charm. In Hobart, summers are mild with average temperatures between 11.5 and 21°C, while winters are very cold with average temperatures between 5 and 12.3°C, reaching as low as 3°C at night.

Autumn experiences sunny days, beautiful blankets of autumn leaves and average temperatures between 8.9 and 17.3°C, while spring is the wettest season (though it is the second-driest Australian capital city after Adelaide!) and average temperatures between 7.8 and 16.9°C.

Travelling throughout Tasmania, always be prepared for sudden changes in weather, especially when bushwalking. Always carry additional warm clothing, ideally with a waterproof outer layer.

Language: English

Currency: AUD (Australian Dollar)

Major destinations: Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Freycinet National Park, Mt Field National Park, Devonport

Holiday types: City break, nature, active adventure for all ages

Home to vibrant cities and expansive unique wilderness, Tasmania is an exciting and fascinating place to visit. Around Hobart visit the terrifically kid-friendly Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), and dedicated Maritime Museum of Tasmania. Salamanca Place, one of Tasmania’s most visited attractions, is home to terrific family restaurants, galleries, stores and colourful Saturday markets.

Visit Mount Wellington for spectacular views across then city – those who are game can mountain bike their way down the 21km track. For outdoor adventures around the region, take a walk over the forest at Tahune AirWalk, explore Hastings Caves and Mt Fields National Park and meet Tassie Devils at Bonorong Wildlife Park. Further afield is the absolutely stunning Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay with diverse options for short or full-day walks. And home to some of the most rugged and incredible nature in Tasmania is Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

The trails around Lake St Clair are a wonderful introduction to young bushwalkers with traipses along easy boardwalks and beautiful waterfalls along the way. While the epic Cradle Mountain and world-famous Overland Track are best for outdoors-loving families with teens. In northern Tasmania, Launceston has terrific entertainment for families. The pretty City Park has wide open spaces, playgrounds and flying fox, while Launceston Aquatic Centre has fun indoor facilities for kids. Learn about science at the Phenomena Factory, and experience everything transport at the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania and the Launceston Tramway Museum. Explore the walking trails, stunning rock formations and swimming pool at the Cataract Gorge and First Basin, and head north to Narawntapu National Park for one of the most reliable places to view free-roaming wildlife in Tasmania and superb coastal views.