A very underrated place in Tasmania is the spectacular Tamar Valley. Located just a short drive from Launceston the Tamar Valley is actually on both sides of the river and is referred to as East and West Tamar. No matter what side you are on there is plenty to see and do for families, that will keep everyone entertained!
The West Tamar side has the towns of Exeter, Beaconsfield and Beauty Point which all have much to offer families.
Start the trip to the Tamar Valley with a stop at Grindelwald and wandering around the Swiss styled village. They have shops, mini golf, restaurants and a lake with paddle boats. You will feel as if you are in Europe with the way the town is set up.
After that, jump in the car and head to Tasmania Zoo. It is Tassie’s biggest wildlife park and has over 80 species of birds, bucket loads of exotic animals and of course, a family favourite, Tassie Devils!
Glengarry Maze is on the way from Tasmania Zoo and is the perfect family friendly activity. There is so much to do including the giant natural hedge bush maze.
The Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre is the next stop. Lose yourself in history. The Centre has a range of interactive displays, with buttons to push, levers to pull, tunnels to crawl through and animals to search for. It is a great way for the kids to learn about the history of Beaconsfield, without them realising that they are even learning, as they are having so much fun!
Once you have explored the Mine Centre, continue down the road to Beauty Point, where you will find Seahorse World and Platypus House. You might be running out of time at this stage, so may only be able to pick one or the other (or try and squeeze in both). They are both located on the old wharf.
From here you can cross the river via the Batman Bridge, an engineering feat that towers above the Tamar River, to get across to the East side! Within 25 minutes you should arrive in George Town.
There are a few different accommodation options in George Town, but our pick is the Low Head Tourist Park. It is centrally located and has cabins, cottages, powered and unpowered sites and a playground for the kids (not that they will have any energy left after exploring all day).
Dinner is sorted with a trip to the Pier Hotel, in George Town. If you like seafood – try the garlic prawns. Delish!
The next morning, head to the Low Head Pilot Station. It is Australia’s oldest pilot station from 1807 and has a delightful collection of cottages right on the water. This museum is quite different to others, as they let children touch the exhibits. Let the kids steer the ship’s helm, operate the engine room telegraphs, sound the fog horn, ring the ship’s bell and send messages in Morse Code.
From there, stop at the Windmill Point Playground, which has a replica ship HMS Buffalo. The kids can play on the ship and the playground whilst you cook a BBQ for lunch.
On your way back down to Launceston, stop into Hillwood Berries and pick your own berries (October until June). It also has a farmgate and café.
By the end of Sunday, the kids will be exhausted and have had the best weekend, ever.
So, what are you waiting for? Get exploring the Tamar Valley and see all that it has to offer families for a day or weekend!