Tassie

Dis­cover Aus­tralia’s is­land state.

Caravan, Camping and Holiday Parks with Kids - - Contents -

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.

Devon­port

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.

Cra­dle Moun­tain

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.

Stra­han

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.

Had­spen

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

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