North East Tasmania

While North East Tasmania might be slightly off the beaten path, it offers a treasure trove of fun activities for families. From sun-kissed beaches to lush rainforests, rolling farmlands to fertile soils, the region’s rich natural beauty guarantees a rewarding holiday experience.

Dotted throughout North East Tasmania are numerous towns and villages, each boasting unique quirks that make them worthy destinations.

Beachside Bliss and Purple Fields

Bridport, a popular beachside haven, overlooks the picturesque Anderson Bay. Summer is the prime time to visit, with stunning sunsets and delightful weather making it the perfect spot for family fun. Explore the surrounding bushland reserves, pristine white sand beaches, and the sloping vineyards of Pipers Brook wineries – there’s an abundance of breathtaking escapes. Bridport provides a tranquil retreat for everyone in the family.

For an unforgettable experience, head to Bridestowe Lavender Estate, one of Tasmania’s most captivating sights. Witness the true magic of the area during December and January when the 265-acre estate explodes in a vibrant display of lavender. Bridestowe, Australia’s largest lavender farm and a signature of Tasmania’s beauty, boasts manicured lavender fields, enchanting gardens, and modern facilities that make for memorable day trips.

A Journey Through Time in Derby

Derby, a small town brimming with history, is a favourite amongst families. Nestled amidst mountains, rainforests, and old tin mines, Derby exudes a charming pioneer town vibe. Quaint shops overflowing with antiques, second-hand books, and modern crafts line the streets, remnants of its booming mining past.

Delve deeper into the town’s history at the Derby Schoolhouse Museum, where families can embark on a captivating journey through Derby’s fascinating past. The Derby Tin Mine Centre offers another slice of Derby’s history. Follow the Trail of the Tin Dragon, a unique exhibit that narrates the town’s long association with tin mining. The Tin Dragon Interpretation Centre (and Café), with its captivating displays and engaging exhibitions, promises a memorable day trip for the whole family.

Relaxation and Adventure

Unwind and rejuvenate at the Floating Sauna on Lake Derby. Take a dip in the stunning lake with your family – the perfect retreat for relaxation amidst Tasmania’s breathtaking scenery.

But North East Tasmania caters to adventurous spirits too. Derby is a haven for world-class mountain biking. The forests and mountains surrounding the town provide exhilarating tracks for riders of all skill levels. Encourage your kids to bring their bikes (and prioritise safety!) to experience the thrill of these one-of-a-kind trails while soaking up the beauty of the Tasmanian outdoors.

Family-Friendly Fun for All Ages

Beyond Derby’s crown jewels, North East Tasmania offers a plethora of family-friendly activities. Explore the natural wonders of Mount William National Park, where hiking trails cater to all abilities and stunning coastal views leave a lasting impression. Kayak the sheltered waters of Ansons Bay, a haven for marine life, or embark on a wildlife cruise to spot dolphins, seals, and migrating whales.

History buffs can delve deeper into the region’s past at the Branxholm Historic Site, a convict-built village that offers a glimpse into colonial life. Animal lovers will find joy at the Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, a haven for endangered Tasmanian devils and other native animals.

Fresh Produce and Local Delights

North East Tasmania is a treasure trove for families who appreciate fresh, local produce. Sample the region’s bounty at farm gates and farmers markets, where seasonal fruits, vegetables, and delicious homemade treats are always on offer. Take a day trip to the Pipers Brook wineries, where families can enjoy vineyard tours and delicious lunches overlooking the rolling hills.

A Salute to History

For families fascinated by technology and aviation, the Scottsdale RSL Military Museum is a must-visit. The recently renovated museum houses an impressive centrepiece – the only Vietnam era Iroquois Helicopter on display in Tasmania.

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