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Free things to do in Hobart with your family

Times are tough? Not much money? Don’t let that stop you from taking the family out and about in Hobart and experiencing what the city has to offer.

Here are 15 things to do on the cheap with your family –

  1. Take a drive up to Mt Wellington. One of the world’s truly great views. There is an outdoor observatory to view the city. If you head up in winter, you might be able to even build a snowman!

  2. Walk down through Salamanca Place on a Saturday morning and explore the world famous Salamanca Market. With more than 300 stalls and live music, it will keep everyone entertained for the morning.

  3. Join one of the many walking tours (costs a little) that tell you the story of early Hobart Town.

  4. Grab a bike and take a ride from Hobart to Mona Art Museum. A nice easy ride along the Hobart Cycleway.

  5. Head to the Tasmanian Museum and learn about Hobart, its history, its customs and its unique place in the world! Check out the animal exhibits the dinosaurs and the Antarctic Exhibition. Grab a ‘discovery backpack’ with resources designed to help families explore specific areas of the museum in a fun and engaging hands-on way.

  6. Cruise by and see whether the big orange boat is at dock – the Aurora Australis. It is the supply ship for the Australians working in Antarctica.

  7. Stroll the Botanic Gardens or take in one of their awesome family events.

  8. Go over the bridge to Rosny and visit the old farm and school house. See how kids used to go to school in the olden days.

  9. Take a short drive to the historic town of Richmond. Stroll the streets of the well preserved convict built town. It has Australia’s oldest bridge and very old church.

  10. Go fishing at McGees Bridge, Midway Point. It is a very popular bridge fishing location. Flathead, squid, whiting and gummy sharks can all be caught, along with Australian salmon in the summer months.

  11. Catch the car ferry to Bruny Island and get exploring. Check out the penguin rookery or do a tour of the old lighthouse.

  12. The Apple Museum in nearby Huonville is fascinating to look at.

  13. MONA in Glenorchy has something from everyone. Each visitor receives a ipod that detects where you are in the museum and shows a list of the art nearby which you can then select to read what you want about the piece.

  14. Call in at Coal River Farm or Wicked Cheese for a spot of gourmet tasting of local produce. There is also a kids play area at both!

  15. Explore the Constitution Dock area. Follow the trail of the interpretive plaques. Look for the statues. While you are down there you may see the bridge turn and let the fishing boats out into the river – now that’s precision!

Hobart is full of surprises and has a lot of FREE activities for the whole family.
So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and get exploring!!



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