One of the great things about a family holiday to Tassie is that the attractions and towns are so close together, so there’s no time for the old “Are we there yets!”
Most of the north and north west towns are only 30 – 50 km apart, and even they are interspersed with attractions.
So with the cheap car hire on offer (try Bargain Car Rentals – brand new cars at the right price – LGK10 gets you a 10% discount too). We say “make it a driving holiday!”
If you are going to do Tassie properly, you need to set aside two weeks. If time is an issue, either choose north with the east coast and a little Hobart, OR Hobart with a little of the north.
The Tamar Valley, located just out of Launceston is a must for families. There is literally days of adventures to be had there. Tasmania Zoo, Beaconsfield Mine Discovery Centre, Platypus House, Seahorse World, Glengarry Maze are all great “hands on” experiences for kids.
On the eastern side of the valley is GeorgeTown with its rich maritime history and great museums. Mum and dad are catered for with some excellent wineries and Hillwood Farm is the place to refuel.
We haven’t even touched on Launceston (or Lonnie to the locals) yet and there is 3 – 4 days of activity!!
Lonnie itself has the amazing Cataract Gorge with its beautiful lawns and open space. Spend an afternoon riding the chairlift for a birds eye view or cross the raging Esk River on the suspension bridge – the kids will love it. Their resident peacocks roam free adding to the experience. If its warm, there is a water play area as well!
The city has a well developed network of mostly flat bike paths that allow you to use people power to get around or you can catch the FREE tiger bus to have a look at what’s about to get your bearings.
Launceston Entertainment Complex is the place to head if it’s a little hot (or cold, or wet). They are a kids paradise – tramp park, laser tag, mini golf, play centre and arcade games!
The recently restored Penny Royal has food options, adventure rides, climbing courses, Ghost Tours and gold panning.
The centre of the city is easily explored on foot and has eateries, cafes, cinemas, play centres, laneways and arcades to explore and a couple of old fashioned lolly shops. The nearby City Park is home to animal enclosures featuring monkeys and a great kids playground. The best thing is it’s FREE!!!
Speaking of FREE, the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery in Inveresk has a museum, kids explore spaces and a Planetarium (costs a little). If you are there on a Wednesday to Saturday the Launceston Tramway run a vintage tram around the streets as well. An experience not to be missed!
“You’ve got to eat and you have to sleep kids” you will be saying, so let us help you out a little there as when we are in town on business, the same applies to us!!
Morty’s food hall in Wellington St has something for everyone at the cheap rate. If money isn’t so tight the Jail House Grill has steak to die for. They cook them on prison bars over charcoal! The Riverside Hotel has Kids Eat Free on a Wednesday and Sunday and have an indoor playground. Hog’s Breath love kids and also Kids Eat Free everyday on our app and in our latest book. The café downstairs at the Country Club Casino is open for lunch and dinner and is cheap and cheerful.
Speaking of the Country Club, they have an awesome self contained accommodation option, with ground floor semi detached villas that take a whole family in spacious surroundings. They also have an onsite family pizza restaurant and heated indoor pool.
Aspect Tamar Valley Resort in Grindelwald as the locals know it, is a Swiss themed village with “chalet” accommodation options for families. It has onsite restaurants, playgrounds, jumping pillows, paddle boats, mini golf, tennis courts, indoor heated pool, shops and take aways, a nine hole golf course. It is a destination in itself and is surprisingly inexpensive to stay at. Use the LetsGoKids booking code of LetsGoKids19” to receive an extra 10% off as well. You can also just visit for the day and pay for the individual activities, browse the shops, grab a coffee or have a meal.
Stonesthrow Café has a great view, excellent meals, kids activities AND has a free animal petting zoo to take the littlies through.
So ladies and gentleman, that takes care of about 9 days in Lonnie with a lot of local insider knowledge, discounts, ideas and the best places to eat and stay. That’s what we do best!
I am going to cover The Tiers and Hobart in a similar fashion next month – Stay tuned.
Ps. If anyone would like more information or suggested itineraries for 3, 5, 7, 10 or 14 days, email me – firstname.lastname@example.org
Pick up a copy of LetsGoKids from the Visitor’s Centre, download the app and till next month –
Get off the couch and get out there!!