Discover Australia’s island state.
Tasmania is famous for stunning scenery and farm-to-table dining, but it is also home to plenty of family-friendly experiences, if you know where to go.
Discovery Holiday Parks – Devonport is just a short drive from the Spirit of Tasmania cruise terminal, right on the banks of the picturesque Mersey River. They offer guests a variety of accommodation options including ensuite powered sites and a selection of cottages and cabins. There’s a jumping pillow and playground for kids, and serene surrounds for parents. Learn about the treacherous local nautical history at the Bass Strait Maritime Centre or get arty at the Devonport Regional Gallery, showcasing local Tassie talent and crafty activities for the kids.
On the way to Cradle Mountain, be sure to stop at the Don River Railway, perfect for kids who are loco for locomotives – they can hop on a steam engine and go for a ride. Speaking of loco, Tasmazia and the Village of Lower Crackpot is a fabulously kooky place for kooky people. Get lost among eight entangling mazes (they say the Great Maze is the world’s largest) and wander the Village of Lower Crackpot, a model village built to a one-to-five scale, complete with post office and Cathy Freeman Sports Centre.
Retreat to the wilderness at Discovery Holiday Parks – Cradle Mountain, where the National Park is the perfect backdrop to the powered and unpowered sites on offer, and cosy gas log-heated cottages and cabins complement Tasmania’s wild beyond. Explore on a family bush walk along the famous Overland Track or have a close encounter with Tassie’s infamous Devils at the Devils @ Cradle conservation facility – the night-time feeding is a thrilling event for the whole family.
Just two hours away, you’ll find Discovery Holiday Parks – Strahan. Nestled between the beach and the town, you’re perfectly located to relax with self- contained cabin accommodation and idyllic coastal surrounds. A twilight cruise to visit remote Bonnet Island and its resident Little Penguins is a great place to start but if you want thrills and spills, you need an exhilarating ride on the Wild Rivers Jet Boat, complete with views of ancient, majestic Huon pines.
On the way into Hobart, stop by the Lake St Clair lookout as you skirt the national park.
Tasmazia and the Village of Lower Crackpot is a fabulously kooky place for kooky people.
You’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of an untamed wilderness. On the outskirts of Hobart, take a detour to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary where the kids can handfeed a friendly mob of kangaroos and learn about the survival of native animals in the wild.
Hobart and Mornington Hobart
Discovery Holiday Parks – Hobart is located on the Derwent River, close enough to be convenient but with all the beauty of the bush. Or you could choose to admire the views of Mount Wellington from Discovery Holiday Parks – Mornington Hobart. Be tempted at the Cadbury Visitor Centre, where you’ll learn how your favourite choccies are created (tastings encouraged), before taking in the controversial Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), where staff can guide you along a kid-friendly path around the exhibitions. MONA is also home to the Moorilla Winery, Moo Brew Brewery, Source Restaurant and wide open spaces where the little ones can run free. Enjoy a picnic among the colour of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens or discover all things Tassie, from environment to culture, at the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery. Uncover a treasure trove at the Salamanca Market and don’t miss the Cascade Brewery Heritage Tour – suitable for families – taking you through the heritage gardens and museum.
On your way to Launceston, treat your family to a ‘reverse BYO’ picnic at Puddleduck Vineyard ( you supply your family’s favourite treats, Puddleduck supplies the drinks), complete with beanbags on the grass. For more animals, stop at Zoodoo Wildlife Park – the kids will love their hands- on approach.
The penultimate stop on your Tasmanian journey is Discovery Holiday Parks – Hadspen, south-west of Launceston. Near the South Esk River, this holiday park is perfectly located to admire the natural beauty of Cataract Gorge. Whether you take in the gorge from the chairlift or from the water aboard a Tamar River Cruise, don’t miss the gardens and resident peacocks. Take a canopy tour high among the leaves at Hollybank Treetops Adventure before coming close-up with a Tasmanian Devil. The littlies can get their paws dirty handfeeding wallabies, wombats and kangaroos at Tasmania Zoo.
Take the scenic route to Devonport via Beauty Point, where you’ll find the historical wonder of the interactive Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, as well as the cute inhabitants of Platypus House and Seahorse World. As a sweet treat, just outside Devonport in Latrobe is The House of Anvers where you can watch confectioners at work and sample mouthwatering treats in the cafe – don’t forget to buy some for the road.
02 01 Lake Dove nestled under Cradle Mountain, photo by Rob Burnett 02 The cabins at Devonport have a great community feel 03 Snuggling up at Discovery Holiday Parks – Cradle Mountain