Kid-friendly Tasmania – where to stay and what to do

With thanks to guest blogger Jennifer Adams of Places We Go.  

The family together at Coles Bay.

We simply don’t need an excuse to pop down to the Apple Isle. It’s size, beauty, people, attractions, and food and wine are all so appealing. And it’s very easy to get around.

While it’s an adults’ paradise with its countless, top-notch wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries, Tassie is perfect for the whole family, too.

This is the ideal place to introduce your children to the great outdoors for some of the freshest and cleanest air in the world and never-ending list of outdoor activities.

Choose from easy hikes through spectacular wilderness, boat cruises to spot incredible wildlife, historical attractions to amaze all ages, and food that will delight all the senses. And that’s just for starters. 

Top family attractions in Tasmania

There is a whopping selection of family-friendly attractions in Tasmania to choose from. I’ve managed to narrow it down to the following:

  • Devils@Cradle – Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary: Delight in learning about and feeding these endangered, yet endearing little creatures.
  • Kayaking at Freycinet: There is nothing more amazing than the backdrop of the Hazards as you cruise your way around the Freycinet Peninsula.
  • Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise: A scenic yet thrilling nature journey for the whole family.
  • A walk around serene Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is breathtaking.
  • Hobart’s famous Salamanca Markets: So many goodies to choose from!
  • The chairlift ride to the top of The Nut in Stanley for breathtaking views.
  • Port Arthur Historical Site: A fascinating, must-do experience for every Australian.

Freycinet National Park.

Prized family-friendly BIG4 parks in Tasmania

When immersing yourself in all that Tasmania has to offer, here is a couple of BIG4 Holiday Parks that we recommend you base yourself at.

BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park.

BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park

No trip to Tassie is complete without a peek at the world-renowned Bay of Fires region in the northeast of the state.

Pristine coastline made up of sparkling white sand, turquoise ocean, and red-lichen covered boulders ensures this stretch of coast earns worldwide attention.

St Helens is a quaint village located at the gateway to the Bay of Fires and revolves around tourism and fishing. Tasmania is known for some of the best seafood in the world and St Helens is one of the best places to source it. We will never forget an incredible feast of the freshest seafood from the Blue Tier Restaurant, located right on the water.

To get to know the town, we did a bicycle tour, which catered to kids with bike trailers. The town is full of friendly locals, great cafés and boutiques, and endless glittering views.

The Bay of Fires begins slightly north of the town: a quick drive and you are in Binnalong Bay. Here, we went abalone diving in The Gulch with a local dive operator, and our daughter loved discovering the underwater world with a snorkel.

Basing ourselves at what is the closest holiday park to the Bay of Fires was a no brainer. With the great range of cabins, campsites (some ensuite) and facilities for the kids, we were kept entertained the entire trip whether we were out exploring or back at the accommodation.

We enjoyed a game of table tennis with Charli in the games room, and she loved the giant jumping pillow and playground. There is a kids’ club during school holidays and even communal pancake breakfasts.

It is also a short walk to town, so with the very best seafood, beaches, and entertainment at arm’s reach, what more could you want?

BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park.

BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park

The East Coast region of Tasmania is simply unmissable. Take a journey along the Great Eastern Drive to witness breathtaking coastline, first-class wineries, seafood farms, and other gourmet-themed stops.

Freycinet National Park is astounding. Home to world-renowned Wineglass Bay, it is an idyllic peninsula that’s home to quaint Coles Bay and truly incredible beaches and wilderness areas.

Our top three activities in this region are:

A sea kayak adventure beginning from Coles Bay, which is suitable for all ages.
The walk to the viewpoint over Wineglass Bay, best enjoyed at sunrise or sunset.
A visit to the Freycinet Marine Farm, an oyster lover’s paradise. Oysters simply don’t come any fresher.

BIG4 Iluka is ideally situated opposite Muirs Beach in Coles Bay and has its own shop, bakery, and tavern bistro for the ultimate in convenience.

Immediate access to the natural wonders surrounding it ensures this park oozes appeal. But the cosy accommodation, including holiday units and cabins and campsites, playground, barbecue facilities, camp kitchen and free WiFi make your stay complete. And the whole family will love the location, directly opposite the spectacular swimming beach. 

Meet the team at BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park in this video.

Clint and Jen exploring the best of Tasmania.

What’s your favourite place in Tasmania? Or do you have an exciting Tassie story to share? Please leave a comment below.

For more travel information and inspiration visit the Places We Go website.

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