Five family-friendly ways to explore Tasmania
Back to nature
Whether it’s ambling through the rainforest to Hogarth Falls near Strahan, or gazing into glassy alpine waters at Lake Esperance in Hartz Mountains National Park, across the state you’re never far from one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks. Choose one to suit your family’s energy levels – from an easy 15-minute stroll to more physically challenging half-day hikes – and enjoy Tassie’s most accessible wild places.
Rushing water tips from mountainsides and clifftops, mesmerising as it splashes over rocks, misting the surrounding forest. Tasmania has waterfalls in abundance, so pack a picnic and take your pick. Be it the wide mossy rock face of Liffey Falls in the Great Western Tiers, the single-drop Snug Falls on the Snug River, or the cascades of Nelson Falls en route to Queenstown, there’s plenty of easy-to-reach options to make a day of it.
Fancy a weekend away where the entertainment is taken care of? Winding through the undulating terrain of the Tasmanian wilderness is an extensive network of mountain biking trails. Base yourself in the friendly town of Derby for the ultimate Blue Derby riding experience, or head east for a day of family fun on the St Helens Mountain Bike Trails. Expect world-class trails, stunning scenery, great food and drink, and family-friendly accommodation.
Where the wild things are
Tasmania is a refuge for fascinating creatures and there’s plenty of places where you’re almost guaranteed a sighting. Go night-time spotlighting for possums, gliding marsupials and owls in Freycinet National Park, head to Maria Island or Cradle Mountain to get your wombat fix, or watch for little penguins at Stanley, Bruny Island or Low Head. For a guaranteed close encounter with a devil, as well as Tasmania’s other unique native animals, visit a local wildlife sanctuary.
Wide open roads
Our island state is ideal for self-drive family adventures. Experience windswept western coastlines, cool rainforests, fascinating local characters and rare wildlife on a Western Wilds touring adventure. Tuck into fresh fish and chips, comb long white-sand beaches and explore the East Coast’s national parks along the Great Eastern Drive. Or step back in time as you pass rolling farmland and visit historic villages on the Heritage Highway, tracing the original convict-built route between Launceston and Hobart.