2022/2023 Hobart School Holiday Activities

By Fall Real Estate

With many of us at Fall having children of our own, we know how important it is to keep our kids active, inspired and stimulated during school holidays. Not only for their growing minds but also for our own sanity as parents!

We have made choosing and finding school holiday activities easier for you by compiling loads of the incredible events, programs, activities and places Southern Tasmania has to offer for our children! There is something for all ages!

We have found plenty of FREE events and places, affordable activities, one-off experiences, and big day-out trips the whole family can enjoy all around Hobart.

So get out your calendar and start planning your school holidays with our extensive and helpful list! There’s so much fun to be had, and you don’t want to miss out!

Have something to add to the list?

Do you have something to add to our Hobart school holiday activities list?

Get in touch at clientcare@fall.com.au and let us know the “must-do” activity you have found near Hobart!

We love helping new families moving to the area or local families stuck for ideas by regularly updating our list with fresh and exciting ideas - so be sure to bookmark this page to your Favourite List!

Please check with the venue or event coordinator directly (either through their social media pages or their website) to find out all the necessary details. This includes, but is not limited to, if they are open during the times you wish to visit, the cost involved and current policy around bookings, entry requirements and rules for social distancing.

Contents

Experience Hobart Waterfront

If you are like us and love good-tasting food, then venturing to Tasmania’s Taste of Summer must be on your list of activities for these school holidays.

Starting on the 27th of December, Tasmania’s Taste of Summer takes place on Princes Wharf No.1 on Hobart’s waterfront in the heart of Salamanca - a much-loved and historical place.

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Taste of Summer is celebrating New Year’s Eve with an Australian music icon. ARIA Hall Of Fame Daryl Braithwaite performing at PW1.

This is a ticketed event - click here to see ticket options.

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

Entry: Click here to see ticket options

When: 27 December 2022 – 2 January 2023

Facebook Page: Tas Taste of Summer

Mures is one of many great fish spots along the waterfront. If you are heading to Hobart waterfront, eating fish and chips at Mures and finishing with a cookies and cream ice cream is a fun way to spend an afternoon with your family.

If you want to go out for New Year’s Eve with your family, Mures offers two ways to celebrate. The first is an indulgent celebration dinner at Mures Upper Deck, and the second is a walk-in-only dinner with the famous 32 flavours of ice cream, delicious cakes, and hot & cold beverages to enjoy as you get closer to midnight.

Fireworks can be enjoyed and seen from some parts of the restaurant or just outside on the docks.

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

When: 8 am - 9 pm, seven days a week (closed Christmas Day)

Facebook Page: Mures Tasmania

Credit: ROLEX/Andrea Francolini. ©Rolex/Andrea Francolini
Credit: ROLEX/Andrea Francolini. ©Rolex/Andrea Francolini

You and your family can experience the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race this summer. The race begins at 1 PM on the 26th of December, 2022, at Sydney Harbour. The celebrations start at Hobart waterfront as each yacht crosses the finish line at the entrance to the Derwent Estuary.

The crowd will cheer as each yacht journeys along Constitution Dock into their berth at Kings Pier on New Year’s Eve (31st of December!).

“Multiple former winners, international entrants and a record number of two-handed competitors headline a strong contingent of 120 boats entered for the 2022 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.”
- Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

Entry: FREE to watch

When: 26th of December (commencing in Sydney) to the 31st of December (finishing in Hobart)

Facebook Page: Rolex Sydney Hobart

Credit: Australian Wooden Boat Festival
Credit: Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Avast ye! As you look out at the briny deep and continue to soak up the local Hobart atmosphere by strolling through the 2023 Australian Wooden Boat Festival this coming February 2023, you will find plenty of pirate and sea venturing activities and entertainment for children!

“A FREE 4-DAY FESTIVAL held across the beautiful Hobart Waterfront. From boats afloat to boats ashore, talks, exhibitions, films, music, demonstrations and family-friendly activities — there's something to float everyone's boat!”

- Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2023

While you weave through the vast array of ships, you may find yourself listening to a crew of ‘pirates’ singing sea shanties or watching a re-enactment of the creation of TASSIE, built back in 1925, also known as The Story of Tassie, presented to you by Big Monkey Theatre.

Your young sailors at heart will be thoroughly entertained at the Little Sailors Village, proudly supported by The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel and on the Parliament House Lawns, where the whole family can relax.

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket, and children can enjoy the free face painting, build their own pre-cut little timber boat, and sail their masterpiece in the 'pop up pond'.

The fun continues as children use a chisel or grab a paintbrush to restore a sailing dinghy and learn how to juggle, diablo or master the spinning plate in a circus workshop.

With too many engaging activities to list, please read the full list here.

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family (ticketed events differ in age restrictions)

Entry: FREE (there are some ticketed options you can purchase in advance)

When: 10th - 13th February 2023

Facebook Page: Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Visit a museum

Credit: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Credit: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) continue to amaze locals and visitors with its child-friendly and engaging activities and rooms dedicated to the inclusion and safety of children.

You may find that a couple of hours of fun is simply not enough - so ensure to bring a packed morning tea and lunch, or you can order a coffee, meal or drink at the Courtyard Cafe located on the premises.

The TMAG openly welcomes families, regularly updates its displays, and runs free activities, programs, and events for all ages.

This exhibition focuses on a sense of home and place for people in lutruwita/Tasmania.  With multiple spaces and hidden gems, this space will be a favourite for even the fussiest of children. From the swift slide to the cozy reading nook and numerous specimens found in many creative hiding spots, you will find new things to look at and do for the entire exhibition session.

Entry is free, and bookings are required. However, you can book a spot on the day using the sign-in iPad at the entrance to the exhibition. Five bookable sessions (45 minutes each, the last session is 90 minutes) are available daily during TMAG’s regular opening hours.

Another exciting activity the museum runs daily (for free) is a backpack you can borrow for an hour. It contains objects, props, activities and resources over a range of subject areas to help families explore specific areas of the museum!

What you need to know

Ages: The whole family

Entry Cost: FREE (donations are always welcome)

When: Daily from 26 December until 31 March (between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm ), Tuesday - Sunday from 1 April - 24 December (between 10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Facebook Page: Tas Museum

Also at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG)  from 16–20 January 2023, between 11:00 am – 2:00 pm daily, children 5 to 12 years can enjoy a range of free hands-on holiday activities based on TMAG’s ground-breaking exhibition, taypani milaythina-tu: Return to Country.

Children and young people can hear story and create their own artwork with artists/educators from the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. Your children can understand more about the knowledge and story found in the traditional objects, and contemporary art brought together for this amazing exhibition.      

Keep an eye on TMAG’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for more details in early January!

What you need to know

Ages: 5 - 12 years old

When: 16–20 January 2023, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm daily

Facebook Page: Tas Museum

In one of Hobart’s most significant heritage buildings, Maritime Museum has a permanent exhibition surrounding Tasmania’s maritime heritage story.

“This exhibition covers a range of themes covering Tasmania's maritime heritage story: Indigenous watercraft, European exploration and navigation, convict transportation, whaling, colonial and global trade, migration, naval history, ship-building, model ships and shipwrecks.”
- Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum has the ‘Writing and the Sea’ exhibition that explores a selection of objects and stories about shipwrecks, the love of boats, the 1975 Tasman Bridge disaster, and so much more!

With multiple exhibitions throughout the Carnegie Building, near Hobart city’s business centre and close to Constitution Dock and Sullivans Cove, Maritime Museum will make for a tremendous educational excursion with your family.

What you need to know

Ages: The whole family
Entry Cost: $14.00 for adults, $12.00 concession. Family tickets are available.
When: Seven days a week (closed Christmas Day): 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Facebook Page: Maritime Museum of Tasmania

Credit: The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Credit: The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

About two kilometres from the centre of Hobart, you can visit The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens for a wander, a picnic and play or for the day.  With 14 hectares of gardens to explore, you will find cultural heritage landscapes, significant iconic trees, stunning views of the Derwent River, and plenty of running space for your children, perfect for a family outing.

As you stroll through the beautiful gardens, you will find a variety of collections to explore. These include the Tasmanian collection, the Lily Pond, the Subantarctic Plant House, and the Japanese garden.

The Succulent Restaurant, boasting spectacular views and seasonal produce, is at the heart of the gardens. Many of the menu's vegetables, herbs and garnishes are grown organically onsite.

Also on the grounds is Sprout Takeaway, with coffee, locally produced Valhalla ice cream and snacks you can eat as you wander through the gardens or enjoy soaking up the sun.

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

Entry: Donation (FREE parking)

When: Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Opening hours reflect seasonal differences and longer hours of sunlight during the warmer months - click here for times.
Facebook Page: The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Enjoy an outdoor show

This summer school holidays, 2023, the Big Monkey Theatre performs Robin Hood at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Bring your folding outdoor seats, blankets, pillows and snacks and enjoy this outdoor performance!

Come away to Sherwood Forest this summer as the greenwood rings with songs and laughter! Be there as Jill Scarlet and Friar Tuck try to stop the greedy Sheriff of Nottingham from carrying out his devious plans. See if Robin Hood and the merry band of outlaws can save the day for King Richard and the good folks of merry old England.

Performed on the grounds of the beautiful Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, this reimagining of the famous legend is a medieval entertainment treat for the whole family.

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

Entry: Click here to see ticket options

When: Public Season 3-22 January 2023 (Tuesdays – Sundays)

Facebook Page: Big Monkey Inc

Head to the Theatre Royal

Credit: Rosie Hastie
Credit: Rosie Hastie

ARIA Award-Winning Children’s Artist, Teeny Tiny Stevies will be touring regional and capital cities of Australia - including Tasmania!

“Performing a mix of fan favourites and brand new material from their new album, the band will be leaving no stone un-unturned.

How to be Creative is a ten-song masterclass in embracing the creative urge, overcoming self-doubt, trying new things, learning from mistakes, working with others, and the superpower that is perseverance.”

Follow the Theatre Royal and keep an eye on the tickets available as they will be adding more dates as the band performs live throughout our country!

Venus Creative Presents the Festival of Christmas at the Theatre Royal this December! On the 21st of December, a family Christmas show will warm the hearts of many as you watch some of Tasmania’s best talent of all ages entertain you with choral performances, vocal solos, and dance of all styles.

“This Christmas event is appropriate for all ages, and best enjoyed with your loved ones to maximise Christmas cheer. We can't wait to see you!”

-Theatre Royal

 Another Christmas show to entertain your Christmas enthusiasts is A Christmas Wish, presented by House of Dance Classical Ballet School.

For one show only, House of Dance will impress you with their story of a group of young orphans following their dreams to one day have a magical Christmas filled with all things fabulous!

Your children can enjoy the results of young dancers working hard to create a fun and delightful performance - perhaps even inspire young ones to join one day! 

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

Entry: Click here to see ticket options

Facebook Page: Theatre Royal

Stroll through a market

Whenever locals bring Salamanca Market into a conversation, memories come flooding in of the stalls, the music and the people who create the unforgettable, hard-to-replicate, relaxing and festive atmosphere.

Locals remember the author who personally signed their child’s book, the warm woolly socks they wear every winter, and the tas oak hand-crafted item on their kitchen bench.

Whether you are a local and want to get the kids out for a morning or a visitor touring our great state, you will find a vast selection of locally-made products at Salamanca Market.

With plenty of handmade and homegrown produce, you will enjoy your family’s company amongst the vibrant and cosy ambience and, at the same time, find something you won’t find anywhere else.

Celebrating 50 Years of Salamanca Market!

“We're having a party to celebrate 50 Years of Salamanca Market. Join us for a full day of music, entertainment and a touch of history at Salamanca Market on Saturday, 10 December. It's going to be fun!”

On the 10th of December, you will find a range of activities at Salamanca Market, including special guest performances from Arauco Libre, a photographic display showing the Salamanca Market history, FREE circus workshops for children and families, and a full day of music, entertainment and roving performances.

Put this in your calendar, so you don’t want to miss out on this local and what will be an unforgettable event!

What you need to know

Ages: the whole family

Cost: Free to walk around (parking cost)

When: Every Saturday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Location: Salamanca

Facebook Page: Salamanca Market

If you and your family love browsing and immersing yourselves in local markets, planning the next day to visit Farm Gate Market in Bathurst Street, Hobart, will be your market dream weekend.

“Every Sunday, come rain, hail or shine”, you can wander through Farm Gate Market - a bustling and popular farmers’ market.

This farmer’s market stays faithful to the growing seasons making an ever-changing selection of produce - so not one Sunday will be the same. Their number one philosophy is that if you can’t “eat it, drink it, grow it or meet the producer, then you wouldn’t find it at Farmy”.

There is much to be found, including locally roasted coffee and a classic breakfast burger bar. With all the Tasmanian-focused dishes designed to be eaten without a knife and fork and packaged in 100% compostable materials, you will know you are in good hands!

What you need to know

Ages: the whole family

Cost: Free to walk around (parking cost)

When: Every Sunday from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Bathurst Steet (between Elizabeth and Murray Streets), Hobart

Facebook Page: Farm Gate Market

Hobart Twilight Market is a unique “moving” event full of authentic experiences and connection with locals like all welcoming markets should be!

Springing between two locations, Long Beach Sandy Bay and Brooke Street Pier, you will discover diverse, creative and independent local businesses that operate in Tasmania.

You will find quality food, locally crafted small-batch drinks and plenty of design stalls. This market is both dog-friendly and family-focused (playground at Long Beach). You won’t be sorry you stopped by!

Follow Hobart Twilight Market on Facebook to know where the next market is and read the latest news.

What you need to know

Ages: the whole family (+ dog-friendly)

Cost: Free to walk around

When: Fridays between 4:30 PM and 9:00 PM

Locations: Long Beach Sandy Bay (17 Beach Road, Lower Sandy Bay) OR Brook Street Pier (12 Franklin Wharf, Hobart)

Facebook Page: Hobart Twilight Market

Experience the spotlight

ExitLeft Sing and Act

Fairytale trybooking - Hobart School Holiday Activities

In January, ExitLeft is running its Filmed Fairytale Theatre holiday workshops.

Children are invited to join a (or more) workshop for one action-packed day of theatre and excitement! Best of all, your child will experience what it is like to rehearse, set a stage, and act out a fairytale version of the classic tales, all without an audience.

Instead, the workshop focuses on filming the show so children can build their confidence without the pressure of performing for a live audience! Every child will come home with a new confidence to take on the world and a copy of the recording for your whole family to enjoy! Get out the popcorn!

“Can kids stage a show in a day?

These holidays children can take on the ultimate challenge with ExitLeft’s fairytale theatre holiday workshops - creating and staging a show in a single day … perfect for children who love to sing and move, put on plays in the lounge and treat every day like a theatrical performance.

Exitleft’s goal is to create a fun day for the participants while introducing performance skills, working as a team and building confidence. The workshops on offer this January include Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Robin Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and the Wizard of Oz.”

- Exitleft

What you need to know

Ages: 6 to 12 years olds

Cost: $95

When: January (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)

Location: Exitleft CBD Studio: 46 Murray Street, Hobart (near Hadley’s Hotel)

Facebook Page: Exitleft Tasmania

Local libraries are a hub of activity from learning to code classes to Lego building. Your state library will often have items on display, new books on the shelves and old books for sale so you can top up your own bookshelf.

Ensure to join your local library’s email newsletter, visit their social pages, and you may find a new weekly club to join or a one-off event to attend!

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

Facebook Page: Libraries Tasmania

Make a splash at the pool

Kids love swimming, and with most of us living close to a beach, it may be on your mind to ensure your children know how to swim. School holidays are the ideal time to plan family swim days at your local swimming pool, visit different pools, or book your child/ren into a swimming holiday program!

Visiting the Hobart Aquatic Centre for a day of pleasure will leave your toddlers or school-aged children feeling content and thoroughly wiped! With a warm shower at the end of the day and an early night to bed, your children will be smiling as they nod off into their dreams!

The Hobart Aquatic Centre has a Cafe that offers a wide range of drinks and coffee, on-site baked slices and muffins, healthy food options, and gluten-free options (hurray!). They also have FREE parking for people using the centre. 

When possible, the Aquatic Centre operates its School Holiday Splash Program during the Tasmanian school holidays on weekdays between 11.30 am to 3.30 pm. Some activities on offer are the giant inflatable in the 50m pool, purple slide, play zones and the diving boards.

Check out their Facebook page before visiting for the latest news about their swimming holiday program.

What you need to know

Ages: The whole family
Casual Entry Cost: Infant (under 2 years old) - Free, Child swim (2–5 years)- $2.50, Child swim (6–15 years) - $6.00, Adult Swim - $8.20. Find more entry cost options here.
When: 7 days a week, Monday to Friday – 5.30 am to 8.00 pm, Saturday and Sunday – 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, Public Holiday hours
Facebook Page: The Hobart Aquatic Centre

Credit: Oceana Aquatic & Fitness
Credit: Oceana Aquatic & Fitness

Oceana is excited to be running its  Summer School Holiday Program on the following dates in 2023: 

Week 1 - Monday 9th to Friday 13th January

Week 2 - Monday 16th to Friday 20th January

Week 3 - Monday 23rd to Friday 27th January

Week 4 - Monday 30th January to Friday 3rd February

This intensive program is the perfect activity to teach your children to swim this Summer!

Parents can book their child for one full week, multiple weeks or the full four weeks of the program. Your child would then come along for the whole week booked at the same time each day.

To find out more and to book your child into an intensive program, contact Oceana.

Oceana also has designated Family Fun times available if you want more flexibility. Your children can have a morning, an afternoon or an evening of water bliss!

  •  Friday 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays 1 PM - 3 PM
  • Sunday 11 AM - 12:15 PM
  • School Holidays (weekdays) 12 PM - 2 PM (main pool only)

What you need to know

Ages: the whole family

Entry Cost: nonmembers - $5 each person (intensive program cost varies)

Facebook Page: Oceana Aquatic & Fitness

Eat outside

Experience a Hobart night to remember with your family and friends. Every Friday from 2nd December 2022 until 7th April 2023, Franklin Square comes alive through food, drink, music and dance!

Let your kids get their groove on, turn on their taste buds and experience a night of family fun with their favourite parents - because Franko won’t disappoint!

“A hyperactive inner-city night food+drink market with a rotating cast of eclectic musical acts to keep you fed, watered + grooving.”

- Street Eats @ Franko

Click here to find out who is on the band stand each Friday!

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family 

Entry: Food and drink cost

When: Every Friday from 2nd December - 7th April, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Facebook Page: Street Eats Franko

Play at a park

The best way to find new and incredible parks to visit with your family is by downloading the Playground Finder App on your phone! Simply put in the suburb you live in or staying at, and the app will find all the parks closest to you.

The Playground Finder App allows you and other users to add photos and ratings to each park - enabling you to inform other families in the area and friends about the park once you have visited!

Bond at the movies

Take your children for an experience of the big screen - why not with popcorn or a choc top too? What better way to watch a family movie than in a standard cinema or upgrade to Gold Class, Vpremium or Vmax?

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

Entry: Adult $21, Child (3 - 14 years old) $16.50, Infant (2 and under) FREE, more offers and family deals on the website

When: Open 7 days

Facebook Page: villagecinemas

Explore a wildlife park or zoo

Just 6km outside of the historic town of Richmond, you can visit Zoodoo.

“Open from 9 am-5 pm, seven days a week and is the perfect place to enjoy meaningful wildlife experiences through up-close animal interaction, daily interactive keeper talks and walks, and a suite of unique animal experiences.”

-Zoodoo

You can plan your day at Zoodoo by checking out their “What’s On” schedule for daily activities.

Some activities you can explore at the zoo include a walk-through aviary, a learn-as-you-go interactive centre, a Barnyard farm where you can hand-feed the animals, and an indoor playland.

If you are after a stimulating activity for your child and something more than a regular visit to the zoo, perhaps being a Zoodoo Keeper for the day is precisely what you are looking for (bookings are essential). Your child can go behind the scenes and experience what it is like to be a keeper for a day.

What you need to know

Ages: the whole family

Cost: Adults $34.00, Children $19.00, Concession $29.00, Family (2A,2C) $94.00

When: Open 7 days, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Closed Christmas Day)

Facebook Page: Zoodoozoo

Credit: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Credit: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

You are not short on options when visiting Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. As well as the native Tasmanian animals to feed, meet and get to know, Bonorong has an on-site food hut (100% plant-based food), BBQ areas (booking essential), picnic tables, and day and night time visiting options. You can plan a great day or night out with your family.

You can join one of their free daily tours, walk around the sanctuary at your own pace, or book one of their behind-the-scenes experiences.

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

DAY PASS: Family (2A, 2C) $95, adult (16 years and older) $32.50, Child (3 - 15 years old) $18.50, Infant (2 and under) FREE

When: Open 7 days, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Closed Christmas Day)

Facebook Page: Bonorong

The Tasmanian Devil Conversation Park has been transformed into an Unzoo - a revolutionary project that aims to model wildlife and nature experience for the animals.

There is more to do than ever before. You will find great face-to-face encounters with animals and discover beautiful Tasmanian plants in the Tasmanian Native Botanic Garden. The whole family can also enjoy Tasmanian artwork at the galleries.

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

Entry: Family (2A, up to 4C) $110, adult $44, Child (4 - 16 years old) $24, Infant (2 and under) FREE, senior $39

When: Open 7 days from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

FREE Daily Tours: 10 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm

Facebook Page: TasmanianDevilUnzoo

Encourage your children to step out of their comfort zone or allow them to be in their element on the 250m indoor or 550m combined race track! With the latest technology, state-of-the-art safety barriers, and a “fully sweet 80’s vibe”, your kids won’t want to go home!

You won’t want to leave either being behind the wheel of the fastest go-karts, a hunger to win and great coffee from the in-house cafe. 

What you need to know

Ages: 7+ for independent riders, 4+ with an adult

Entry: See the website for pricing

When: Open 7 days

Facebook Page: Hyperdrive Kart Racing

“BOUNCE is a place that creates and celebrates joy, fun and self-powered adrenaline. We are part of a global freestyle movement inspiring self-expression and human connection in physical activity.”

- Bounce Inc.

Your children’s eyes will widen, and their bottom lip will drop when they step foot into BOUNCE for the first time! And from that moment onward, every time you mention Bounce, their feet will start twitching, and their smiles will be from ear to ear.

Before you head to Bounce, click through to their website and sign up to get your child’s first bounce session for $10. Once you have joined BOUNCE Rewards, you will receive the 6th BOUNCE session for free - you can download the BOUNCE app to help keep count!

Your children will need BOUNCE grip socks to enter Bounce and use the trampolines, which are available for purchase at BOUNCE.

The Hobart Bounce centre is an Adrenaline Playground comprising around 3 000 square meters of interconnected indoor trampolines, an indoor playground, a free-jump arena, dodgeball, wall climbing, a giant jumping bag, and a high ropes course! 

What you need to know

Ages: walking and older!

Entry: pricing varies

When: School Holiday Times: Monday to Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm, Sun: 9 am – 4 pm

Facebook Page: freejumping

Visit a national park

With nineteen national parks across Tasmania, investing in an annual parks pass could be just what you need to plan multiple day trips and weekends away this Summer!

You must have a valid pass to enter Tasmania’s national parks, and Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania offer a range of pass options to best meet your needs.

Mount Field is a tremendous national park to visit annually and all year round using your national park pass.

You can explore Mount Field by enjoying a leisurely walk to Russell Falls, a stunning three-tiered waterfall, or walk more extended day tracks around Lake Dobson, soaking up the natural magnificence of Tasmania’s eucalyptus trees.

You will find BBQ facilities, a large park, public toilets, camping areas, a local cafe and gallery, and a visitor centre (where you can also purchase a national parks pass before heading up to Lake Dobson).

What you need to know

 Ages: Whole family (choose walks based on walking ability - there are steps)

Entry: National Park Pass

Facebook Page: Waterfalls Cafe & Gallery, Mt Field National Park

Hartz Mountain National Park is an hour and a half drive southwest from Hobart. With countless mountain peaks, small lakes and a view of Southern Tasmania, this national park is popular amongst bushwalkers and those who love being outdoors.

You will find walks ranging from 5 minutes to 3-5 hours (7.4km) return and have moments of pure amazement at the beauty of our rugged southwest wilderness.

What you need to know

 Ages: Whole family (choose walks based on walking ability)

Entry: National Park Pass

Facebook Page: Hartz Mountains National Park

Credit: SeaLink Bruny Island Ferry
Credit: SeaLink Bruny Island Ferry

There is so much to do on Bruny Island! Including visiting the South Bruny National Park!

You can travel to Bruny Island using the SeaLink Bruny Island ferry service. SeaLink operates the Bruny Island service on a 20-minute timetable, moving more vehicles per hour than ever before. Be sure to check in advance the leaving and returning times available.

You can travel the ferry by car (and bring some bikes) and plan a day trip or stay a few nights! You can follow your own itinerary, a suggested itinerary or join a tour.

If you haven’t been to Bruny Island before and are ready for new experiences, ensure to visit Bruny Island Berry Farm at Adventure Bay for morning tea and stop off at the nearby beach.

Next on your list should be the Bruny Island Chocolate Company, where you can try the famous handmade fudge made on the property. You can also book a Bruny Island Cruise and Bruny Island Premium Wines, Cider and Restaurant before you head to Bruny Island and simply soak up the pure beauty of your surroundings once you are there.

Climb the Cape Bruny Lighthouse and finish your trip at the Bruny Island Honey and Get Shucked Oyster Bar for a platter with dressings and chips - drive-through window available! With so many things to do, check out the complete list here.

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family
Entry: Varies
When: 7 days a week
Facebook Page: SeaLink Bruny Island Ferry

Plan adventure walks

The Battery Point Sculpture Trail is an easy walking path around Battery Point that follows along the river's shore. Encourage your children to find each of the nine large numerical sculptures that provide an interesting introduction to Hobart’s history. 

“Each sculpture along this international-award winning trail represents a weight, measure, time, quantity, date or distance linked to a story about that place. Look for a sculpture afloat in the river, one cut from a hedge and another that glows all night.”
- Greater Hobart Trails

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

Entry: Free

When: Open 365 days a year, 24/7

Facebook Page: Greater Hobart Trails

Kunanyi/Mount Wellington Park

Credit: Wellingtonpark.org.au
Credit: Wellingtonpark.org.au

Kunanyi (Mount Wellington) is the local place for active outside adventure. Get your heart pumping with bushwalking, bike riding, rock climbing, horse riding, camping, and so much more!

With a multitude of adventurous possibilities, breathtaking views of Hobart and plenty of nature to appreciate, what more could you ask for?

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family (depending on activity and track condition)

Entry: Free

When: Open 365 days a year, weather dependant

Facebook Page: Wellington Park Management Trust

Credit: Art Farm Birchs Bay
Credit: Art Farm Birchs Bay

Enjoy a scenic 35-minute drive south from Hobart to a trail near the southeast coast. The Art Farm Birches Bay Sculpture Trail is an annual sculpture exhibition featuring Tasmanian and interstate artists. 

The Art Farm has also just released an audio tour of the sculpture trail, which you can enjoy on-site as you wander the path, farm and garden. Children will love listening as they actively explore the site. The audio encourages children to think more deeply about each attraction and art piece.

“A visit to the Art Farm includes meandering through fields of Tasmanian native pepper, orchards and an extensive kitchen garden. Art Farm Birchs Bay is home to a unique ecology, and is an excellent place to spot native flowers, pollinators, robins and wrens, birds of prey, reptiles, and marsupials.”
- Art Farm Birchs Bay

The Annual Sculpture Prize, showcasing twenty-one artworks from outstanding artists, will be running with all artwork for sale across the trail until February 27th. 

Guests can view the artwork, vote on the people's choice award, and experience the interactive elements of the track all summer.

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

Entry: Free

When: Open 365 days a year, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Facebook Page: artformbirchesbay.org.au

Go bike riding

The Kingborough Mountain Bike Park has been purposely built with trails and jumps for riders to practise their skills. The park caters for beginners to experienced riders and has 3 km of trails, dirt jumps and a pump track.

The Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park is free to enter as a casual rider and is situated behind Tolosa Park. The park caters right from beginners through to extreme riders and welcomes bushwalkers and on-lead dog walking.

Join a kids adventure camp

Designed to give parents the freedom to ride themselves, their kids are fully supervised for three days of riding fun! Parents can drop their children off between 9-9:30 am and pick them up between 4:30-5 pm each day.

“With a focus on mountain biking and bush walking, this camp will develop your child’s mountain bike skills in a fun and social environment. The 3-day program will include exploring Maydena’s world-class mountain bike park and nature walks through Russel Falls and Junee Caves, amongst other outdoor games and activities."

-Maydena

What you need to know

Age Groups: 6-8 & 9-12

Camp Cost: From $299

When: 3-day camp (approx.) multiple dates available
Facebook Page: Maydena Bike Park

If you want to visit for the day, there are so many options for you to pick from, including Bike School, where the lessons will leave your child feeling confident with their bike skills and orientation of the park.

Register for a workshop

Credit: Caitlin Fargher
Credit: Caitlin Fargher

Art Farm Birchs Bay regularly organises workshops that various artists run with unique and exciting life experiences. In January, Art Farm will run two workshops, one with artist Caitlin Fargher.

Caitlin Fargher,  a budding arts educator in nipaluna/Hobart, will run a workshop centred around water play for 6 - 12-year-olds. Follow Caitlin Fargher and Art Farm on social media to find out more and for regular updates as we get closer to January!

What you need to know

Ages: 6 - 12-year-olds

Entry: FREE

When: January
Facebook Page: artformbirchesbay.org.au 

Instagram: Caitfar

Experience being a ballkid

Your child can become a ballkid at tennis tournaments to help the games run smoothly. If your child is between 12 and 15 years on the 1st of January of the event year, they can send in their entry.

Tennis Australia has a parent information page to answer any of your questions!

What you need to know

Ages: 12-15

Applications: Click here

Admire a Heritage Landmark

Climb the 259 steps to reach the scenic views of the River Derwent, Hobart and beyond. Visit the museum at the base of the tower to learn more about the history of our much-loved Tasmanian heritage landmark.

After your efforts to reach the top of the tall tower (and then back down!), you will also find a gift shop, The Tower Tearoom, and the Garden Courtyard dining area to relax and enjoy your family’s company.  These are open between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm every day except Wednesdays.

​”The Shot Tower is one of Tasmania’s most distinctive heritage landmarks and has presided over the waterside suburb of Taroona since the late 1800s. A testament to Joseph Moir’s ingenuity, the circular sandstone tower stands 58 metres high and is still one of the tallest buildings in Tasmania.”

- Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

Entry: Approx. $10.00

When: Open daily from 10:00 am (for closing times, click here)

Facebook Page: The Shot Tower

Port Arthur Historic Site

Credit: Alastair Bett
Credit: Alastair Bett

The Port Arthur Historic Site is an educational and enlightening experience that will enrich children’s understanding of our Tasmanian history. If adventure is what your family needs, plan to allow most of the day to visit this extensive historic site (over 100 acres of houses and more!).

Once you arrive, purchase your pass and enter the site, you will find a local cafe, gift shop, gallery, harbour cruise (a 20-minute cruise), beautiful gardens, and so much more.

Activity Book

Children can engage with their surroundings and learn more about the history of Port Arthur using a specialised activity book guiding children through puzzles, activities and stamp collecting.

What you need to know

Ages: the whole family
Site passes: Adult $47, Child  $22, Concession $38
When: Daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Port Arthur
Facebook Page: Port Arthur

If you want to spend the weekend away exploring Tasmania’s east coast, pack your bags and some morning tea and lunch, and visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park. Furthermore, you can explore a myriad of scenic places along the way to Port Arthur, including the tessellated pavement, Blowhole, Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen at Eaglehawk Neck!

Watch Port Arthur Historic Site’s informative video about planning your day visit!

Richmond is a favourite destination among travellers in Tasmania and our locals. Established as an important military staging post and convict station, Richmond has something for everyone with stunning heritage buildings, wineries, playgrounds, craft boutiques, the lavender store, the aMaze Richmond, the famous Richmond Sweets & Treats lolly shop, museums, and so much more. 

Richmond is rich in history from the stunning heritage buildings, the Old Hobart Town Model Village, the Richmond Gaol and the beautiful town bridge. In contrast, the town demonstrates a sense of humour and likes to stir the pot with a modern twist on a museum. Consider a museum dedicated to all things poo. They call it the Pooseum - Australia's only one of its kind. 

“Conveniently located just 20 minutes drive from the Hobart CBD and 15 minutes from Hobart airport, Richmond is an ideal base from which to explore Hobart and beyond to southern Tasmania, Freycinet and the East Coast, and the Tasmanian Midlands, including the food, wine and heritage of the beautiful Coal River Valley.”

A video of the Old Hobart Town Model Village:

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

Cost: Free to walk around the town

When: Every day

Social: #richmondtasmania

Pick berries

If you want to experience being a farmer for the day, head to Littlewood Berry Farm to pick your own berries and enjoy everything this farm has to offer!

Enjoy a coffee and let your kids run wild on the lawn. Bring a picnic, let your kids get their fill of berries, and meet the farm’s pet sheep and the Highland cows.

“We are predominantly a Pick-your-Own berry farm, but you’ll also find all the other amazing products we make for sale in the Hut. From our strawberry ice cream and sorbet made by the Tasmanian ice cream institution, Valhalla, our strawberry and raspberry jams made by the team at Tasmanian Kitchen Pantry, to our famous Jam Gin and Strawberry Liqueur, distilled by the incredible team at Hellfire Bluff. There is something for all tastes and ages.”

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

When: Opening hours at the farm are during fruiting season, normally early November till the end of April. Check their Facebook page for updates and current opening times.

Facebook Page: Littlewood Farm Tas

Feed a fish or two

An exciting visit to the Salmon ponds will have your little ones giggling and talking for days about their fun feeding the Rainbow, Albino, Brown, Brook and Tiger Trout, plus Atlantic Salmon in the ponds.

You will find beautiful grass areas to have a picnic or a BBQ using the provided facilities. Alternatively, you can sit back and relax while overlooking the ponds and have a sweet or savoury bite at the Pancake Restaurant/Cafe.

Your children will also have ample space to run, explore and play for the entire visit!

“Take a walk back in time amidst the historic buildings, hatchery and fish ponds – all set within the original 19th century English style public open space of superb trees, hedges and lawns.”
-The Salmon Ponds Heritage Hatchery and Gardens

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family 

Cost: Varies

Facebook Page: Salmon Ponds

Get to know Huonville

Start your journey south at Huonville or visit for the day. Situated on the banks of the wide Huon River and just 30 minutes from Hobart, Huonville is the perfect place to stretch your legs and enjoy the surrounding orchards, farms and mountains.

Willie Smith is sure to impress even the fussiest of apple eaters! The farmers boast the cleanest air, the best soil, and the purest water to grow their organic apples. 

You can purchase their delicious apples from their side-of-the-road stall or visit their famous sizeable rustic barn, surrounded by greenery, to learn more about the apple history and how Tasmania earned the title of the ‘Apple Isle’.

There is more than meets the eye at Willie Smith. Inside the rustic barn is a restaurant with local, seasonal produce, a wall of different apple varieties and, of course, their cider! Willie Smith also hosts a local market every Saturday from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, a self-guided tour that takes around 20 minutes to complete, and live music events.

“We choose organic because we believe that making things the traditional way, with more care and less of the artificial bad stuff, is better for you and better for Tassie.”

-Ian and Andrew

I don’t know about you, but the less of “the bad stuff” our kids eat, the better they feel and behave! We encourage you to support our Tasmanian businesses trying to make a better future for our children and us!

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

Facebook Page: Willie Smith’s Apple Shed

If you are a Tasmanian and you haven’t visited The Honey Pot, then you should definitely put this little shop on your list to visit. As you walk through the sliding door, you will be greeted with an abundance of all things honey and bees! You will have a magnificent time exploring their gift shop, from informative and fiction bee books to handmade crafts and art.

In a room hidden at the back of the shop, your children will find a real bee hive, with real buzzing bees, that is completely visible through the use of glass and plastic tubing! Your children’s challenge will be to find where the queen bee is hiding, and they will be amused as they watch the bees enter and exit the bee hive.

For the mums and dads, a cute couch to sit on and have a cup of tea or a nice coffee while your children explore the bee hive or get busy at the drawing table.

Once you have finished your cuppa, you can test all the different honey flavours they have with their FREE taste testing! Find out which one you and your family like the best before you get some!

Prior to leaving, you can try their honey ice cream or choose from their variety of flavour options and talk about all things buzzing! 

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

Cost: Free to browse and honey test

When: Open 7 days - 9 am – 5 pm Oct to Apr | 10 am – 4 pm May to Sep (closed Christmas day & boxing day)

Facebook Page: Bruny Island Honey Company

Credit: Reba Sear
Credit: Reba Sear

We love hearing real stories from real people about their local businesses, and Reba Sear’s story is one worth reading.

Originating from their late mother’s passion for handmade treasures - making jams, sewing clothes, stitching blankets and renovating houses - Rebar Sear was born to provide a creative space in the Huon Valley community. 

Inside this local cafe, you will find delicious coffee, gluten-free treats, and creative treasures to purchase and browse while waiting for your order. They are focused on connecting locals and having events to remember!

Their next event to book in your calendar is on the 23rd of December; Reba Sear Summer Nights Vol. 2: Live music, wood-fired pizzas, beer, wine & cider, and shopping!

If that wasn’t enough, every Saturday at 8 am, the Reba Run Group departs from their shop to complete a 5km route. The run group has no age limit (no one is too young or old)!

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

When: Open every day - 7am-2pm Mon-Sat, 9am-2pm Sun

Instagram Page: rebasear

Explore our southern cave

Credit: Hastings Caves State Reserve #hastingscaves
Credit: Hastings Caves State Reserve #hastingscaves

Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs

Check the weather forecast and find the best day for swimming outdoors and exploring beneath the dense forest in southern Tasmania - a 90-minute scenic drive from Hobart. 

Many families put Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs on the list to do during summer. Hastings Caves, a dolomite cave with stunning subterranean formations, is a spacious cave with 250 stairs.

Be sure to check the opening times on the Parks and Wildlife Service website and book the Cave Tour in advance by phone (details below) before you undertake your trip south.

The open-air thermal pool that gathers and circulates natural thermal spring water, cave-like change rooms, warm showers, and BBQ areas fit with a fireplace to warm up those wet toes will entice you to stay the whole day! So, bring morning tea, a BBQ lunch to sizzle and afternoon snacks for the trip home!

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family

Pool Entry: Adults (18 years and over)$5.00, Child (4 to 17 years. No charge under 4 years) $2.50, Concession $4.00, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) $12.00

Cave Bookings: phone (03)62983209 up to 14 days in advance

When: Open every day except Christmas. However, ensure to check as times before visiting (click here to see days and times)

Reach heights this summer

Credit: Tahune Adventures
Credit: Tahune Adventures

Tahune Airwalk is a magnificent way to experience a bird's eye view of the forest 20 metres above the ground. No bushwalking experience is necessary, and there are plenty of rest stops along the way.

The Tahune Airwalk offers various walks depending on your desired experience, and tickets are available for all ages.

What you need to know

Ages: Whole family (weight restrictions for the Cable Eagle Glider & Twin Rivers Adventure)

Entry: The Tahune Adventures - Adult $32.00, Child (5-16 yrs) $16.00, Family (2 adults, 3 children) $80.00, Concession/student $28.80, Infant (0-5) FREE

When: Open 7 days a week minus Christmas Day or in the case of hazardous weather conditions.
Facebook Page: Tahune Adventures

This adventure is one the whole family will not forget in a hurry. Leaving from Bruny Island, you and your family will have the opportunity to see our incredible southern Tasmanian island from up high whilst enjoying a cup of coffee and cake!

You can combine your Bruny Island Scenic Flight with a Bruny Island Safaris experience. Collecting you from Hobart, Safaris will transport you to Bruny Island, explore North Bruny and safely take you to the airfield for your 35-minute scenic flight. Once your feet return to the ground, you will rejoin and continue your tour with Safaris. 

What you need to know

We hope this extensive list excites you and encourages you to see more of our charming and magnificent state of Tasmania. There is much to explore and learn from our surroundings, community and natural beauty!

However, the most crucial part of the school holidays is to take a breath away from your busy schedule and spend time with your family - laughing, celebrating and enjoying each other's company.

Having a mix of adventures and downtime can be a healthy balance for the school holidays. Encouraging your children to stop with nothing to do can spark curiosity and discovery right at home. Have days with no screen time and instead have days filled with building, creating, pondering and learning!

What is your child’s passion - start there and see where it leads you and your family!

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2023 from all the team at Fall Real Estate!

About this post

November 2022

Words by Fall Real Estate

Property alerts

Related posts

Cygnet, Tasmania

Suburb Profile – Cygnet

Discover Cygnet's charm: serene landscapes, unique stores, and a welcoming community characterise this Tasmanian gem.
Tranmere, Tasmania

Suburb Profile – Tranmere

Discover Tranmere, an alluring suburb boasting an exceptional outlook and a conveniently sought-after location. This captivating locale eagerly awaits your move!
Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania

Suburb Profile – Seven Mile Beach

Discover the allure that draws residents to the tranquil town of Seven Mile Beach! Tasmania's laid-back coastal lifestyle could be just what you've been searching for.