Family holidays in Tasmania

Is Tasmania good for families?

Easy to get around whether on a guided small group trip, or on a more independent self-drive holiday, with short driving distances and abundant kid-friendly accommodation, Tasmania is a fantastic destination for families. Here adventurous activities abound for the intrepid, there are walks to suit all lengths of leg, and the food is so good that you’ll always be looking ahead to the next mealtime. And with Tasmania’s eclectic ecosystems, bringing your kids up close and personal with nature is a breeze, making for some memorable encounters.

Activities for families in Tasmania

What to do with little ones

Twilight sagas. Nightfall is when Tasmania comes brilliantly to life for kids. Pack a torch for everyone and instead of driving to your local restaurant, take a walk and see all the nocturnal wildlife emerge. It’s everywhere – the ultimate find being the elusive Tasmanian Devil. You don’t have to climb a mountain to find wildlife wonders here. And away from urban areas, the night skies are perfect for showing your kids how to find the constellations.
Fly by night. Tasmania is home to Australia’s longest, continuous cable ride, taking you up high in the forest canopy near Launceston in the North. Hollybank Treetop Adventure is one of the island’s best family days out, soaring over the Cataract Gorge. Other
family forest
include a river
trip through
the Tarkine
From cradle to canyon. Between the months of Nov-April, children over the age of eight can climb, swim, abseil and jump their way down through a variety of canyons, creeks and waterfalls along the Dove River, and the in the Cradle Mountain UNESCO World Heritage Area. Surrounded by ancient pines, wombats and other creatures looking on curiously. Who said conservation wasn’t fun?

Tips for families

responsible travel asks the experts

Susie de Carteret from our leading Tasmania holiday supplier, Tasmanian Odyssey, has enjoyed many family times in Tasmania:

Wildlife tips

“What children love more than anything else is the wildlife interaction and as well as getting really up close to kangaroos and wallabies, baby wombats and so on, they get a really good education about the importance of conservation. Bonorong is perfect for this and definitely worth booking. So always get off the beaten track so that you can really immerse yourself in wildlife. The places to stay may be rustic or simple, but that is fine because children don’t really worry about being posh. And a lot of these places have been nurturing the land for wildlife for decades.”

Accommodation tips

“The self-catering accommodation is superb, so I would definitely book somewhere with an element of self catering. A lot of it has two bedrooms, and is aimed to cater for families."

Itinerary tips

“The Arthur River cruise up in the NW is much more child friendly than the Gordon River cruise just because the children get to be so much more active. One of my children got to drive the boat and the other one was having her face painted in the old Aboriginal paints by the guide. It’s not particularly promoted as a child friendly tour; they don’t do that in Tassie, because just about everything here is great for families.”

Food tips

“The food is fantastic. My kids probably ate fish and chips once a day! Fish and chips and pies – every day we had to stop for a Tasmanian pie, because they are just so delicious.”
If you'd like to chat about Tasmania or need help finding a holiday to suit you we're very happy to help.
Rosy & team
Photo credits: [Top box: Ben Tubby] [Twilight sagas: Soma Kondo] [Fly by night: jeaneeem] [From cradle to canyon: Rob Taylor] [Wildlife tips: Raja Syazwina RS] [Itinerary tips: Stephan Ridgway]
Written by Catherine Mack
B&B self drive tour of Tasmania, meet the locals

B&B self drive tour of Tasmania, meet the locals

Explore coastal expanses and mountainous magnificence on this Tassie tailor made trip

From AU $1495 10 Days ex flights
Tasmania 6 day tour, Australia

Tasmania 6 day tour, Australia

Experience Tasmania’s amazing scenery, wildlife & culture.

From AU $2150 6 Days ex flights
Tasmania self drive holiday for Australians

Tasmania self drive holiday for Australians

Discover the hidden paradise on your doorstep

From AU $1495 8 Days ex flights
Western Tasmania wilderness tour, 3 days

Western Tasmania wilderness tour, 3 days

Showcasing the beauty & heritage of Tasmania's west coast

From AU $1050 3 Days ex flights
Tasmania East Coast to Cradle Mountain tour, 5 days

Tasmania East Coast to Cradle Mountain tour, 5 days

The very best of Beautiful Tasmania in 5 Days.

From AU $1995 5 Days ex flights
Tasmania wildlife tour

Tasmania wildlife tour

Extraordinary encounters with Tasmania's endemic wildlife

From AU $1295 15 Days ex flights
Tasmania East Coast tour, 3 days

Tasmania East Coast tour, 3 days

Discover the scenery, wildlife and heritage of Tasmania

From AU $1050 3 Days ex flights
Tasmania 8 day tour, Australia

Tasmania 8 day tour, Australia

A comprehensive exploration of Tassie's West Coast & Hobart.

From AU $3490 8 Days ex flights
Photo credits: [Page banner: TDHai]