The Northern Midlands

The Northern Midlands Council is a local government body in Tasmania, extending south of Launceston into the northern region of the Tasmanian central midlands. The area is home to at least 25 different towns and areas that are ripe for exploring, and are perfect for family holidays in Tasmania.

Lots of family fun in the Northern Midlands

To start your journey through the Northern Midlands, come outside and play at family-friendly Longford! You’ll love Tasmania’s first Electronic Playground, catering for big and little kids, and combining the joy of outside play with video games! Not only will the kids love climbing and swinging all over this famous Northern Midlands family activity, but they can also play one of the 13 electronic games to be the complete king of the kids. Test your agility, memory, and balance… and be prepared to laugh your head off! 

While in Longford, try out your tricks at the skate park, and practice your sprints or ride for fun on the international standard velodrome. Although there’s lots of mountain bike trails and tracks around Tasmania’s hilly landscapes, the skate park in Longford is a wonderful place to perfect your skills and try a new velodrome experience.

Bring your dog too! Longford has two dog parks, and a great river walk to the Mill Dam, which is a popular recreation spot in the summer. Two rivers meet at Longford – the Macquarie and the South Esk, so there are plenty of fun water activities to enjoy with the family in the Northern Midlands. Bring your kayaks or cast a line to catch a wild trout – aquatic entertainment is everywhere! Longford also has an excellent sports centre, with a fully equipped gym, and a great program of exercise classes. This much fun and games will make you very hungry, so bring a picnic to enjoy by the river or on the village green, or take advantage of the cafes & bakeries for refreshments in this picturesque Tasmanian town.

Fun events bring people together at Longford. The Northern Midlands town plays host to concerts, exhibitions, festivals, sporting events, a monthly market (on the last Saturday of each month), the Longford Cup Picnic Races (New Year’s Day), the Longford Show, the best family show in Australia (October), the Festival of Roses and the Longford Blooms & Open Gardens (November). Depending on what time of the year you head on down to Tasmania with the family, you may get to participate in a range of these exciting celebrations.

One of the best things to do in not just the Northern Midlands, but Tasmania as a whole, is Brickendon Village. The joint Brickendon and Woolmers Estates were entered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2010 to make the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property list. The Village has rich history and cultural significance for its style and use during Australia’s convict system period. Having been built in 1824, the Farm Village in Brickendon gives you the chance to research ancestors who may have come through the Estate when moving to Australia back in the day. Not just a fun day out, the family can also learn about long-lost links while in Tasmania. Use the LetsGoKids in-app voucher to get one free child entry per paying adult at the beautiful estate!

Visit the Heritage Highway events page to help plan your visit through the Northern Midlands. Make a day of it, or even a whole weekend…. Longford’s so easy to get to and there are lots of places to stay! By car, Longford is only 20 minutes from Launceston, one hour from Devonport and 2.5 hours from Hobart.

On the doorstep of Tasmania’s fantastic natural landscape, the Northern Midlands is a terrific place to go exploring with the family!

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