Are you looking for fun things to do with the kids? There are lots of family friendly activities to choose from in the Southern Trove! We’ve listed a few of our favourites.
1. Meet the girls at Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery
Spring is the perfect time to visit Grandvewe, as kids can say hello to the adorable new lambs and give them a pat. You can also catch one of the daily milking demonstrations at 3pm (October to March). Parents will enjoy the cheese tastings (and maybe a cheeky peek at Hartshorn Distillery).
2. Visit the Channel Museum
Give the kids an insight into what life was like back in the day at the Channel Museum. The artefacts have been collected over forty years, and most are common articles donated by locals. The displays offer a glimpse into the lives—and spirit—of the early settlers, including whalers, timber cutters, shingle splitters, bullock drivers, pit sawyers, early sailors, and river craft men.
3. Go for a family walk
The Trove is home to some lovely easy grade walks that are perfect for the whole family. In the Channel, head to popular Snug Falls or the Art Farm Birchs Bay Sculpture Trail. On Bruny Island, walk to Grass Point or do the Mavista Nature Walk. In the Hartz Mountains National Park, try the Waratah Lookout, Arve Falls, and Lake Osborne tracks. In the Far South, discover Duckhole Lake (a flooded sinkhole) and walk to Fishers Point at Cockle Creek.
4. Jump aboard Bruny Island Cruises
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys offer an amazing 3 hour cruise around the rugged coastline of South Bruny. It’s a lot of fun zipping around giant sea cliffs, peeking into sea caves, and spotting sea life such as seals and dolphins. Bruny Island Cruises are suitable for children aged 3+.
5. Climb The Neck
Let’s face it, that endless youthful energy kids are blessed with will propel them up the steps at The Neck a lot quicker than the adults! It’s worth a little exertion—the whole family will be in awe of the panoramic views at the top. For something very special, wait on the viewing platforms at dusk and watch as little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters return to their burrows (best viewed September to February).
6. Tour the Cape Bruny Lighthouse
There’s just something enchanting about a lighthouse, and a tour of the historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse will captivate the whole family! Climb the original steps to the balcony, gaze wistfully out to sea, and imagine what life was like for a 19th century lighthouse keeper. The tour is available for kids aged 5+ (you can still visit with younger kids and walk around the base, they just can’t go on the tour due to operational safety requirements).
7. Fruit pick at Bruny Island Berry Farm
Put your kids to work picking fresh berries at Bruny Island Berry Farm! You can pick your own from about mid-October to after Easter. There’s also a lovely cafe onsite (berry ice cream, anyone?).
8. Spin out on a Huon River Jet Boat
This one is such a thrill! Explore the scenic Huon River on a zippy Huon River Jet Boat, doing spins and tricks, and enjoy that fun tummy-flip feeling. Giggles guaranteed.
9. Explore the forest at Tahune Adventures
Discover the magic of the forest at Tahune Adventures. Walk among the treetops on the Airwalk, stroll across the river on the swinging bridge, and enjoy the forest walks on the ground. To zip through the trees on the Eagle Hang Glider or go with the flow on the Twin Rivers Adventure, kids must weigh at least 25kg.
Local residents, order your Tahune Adventure Pass by 31 December 2018 to get the first 18 months free.
10. Visit the Wooden Boat Centre
Find out what floats your boat at the Wooden Boat Centre, located on the waterfront in the picturesque town of Franklin (check out the quaint wooden boats tied up along the wharf). Kids can pop the iPad down for a moment and learn about the age old craft of wooden boat building!
11. Get the kids a pony… temporarily
Daddy, I want a pony! If you don’t want to commit to a pony full time, take a little family getaway to Whispering Spirit Holiday Cottages and Miniature Pony Stud. The kids will be absolutely delighted with their new farm friends and the adults will enjoy the fresh country air and peace and quiet.
12. Travel a historic train track at Ida Bay
Step out on a family adventure to Tasmania’s Far South and climb aboard a historic train at Ida Bay Railway & Cafe. The 2 hour tour is super scenic, chugging through forest and button grass plains, with stunning water views. Enjoy a stop at Deep Hole and experience the pristine beach. You’ll also stop at a historic cemetery and hear some interesting tales.
13. Go underground at Hastings Caves
Find a cave… a very big cave! Take the kids for a tour of Hastings Caves and enjoy an enchanting underground adventure. Spend the rest of the day floating in the thermal pool in the forest and exploring the walking tracks. Pack a picnic and make use of the BBQ facilities.
14. Kayak with Esperance Adventures
If your children are a bit older, head out on a kayaking tour with Esperance Adventures. Discover the beauty of the Far South, with tours of Port Esperance, Lune River, and Recherche Bay. They also offer a tour of the scenic Huon River at Franklin. All tours are easy flat water paddles, with no previous experience necessary.
15. Enjoy a day at the beach
There are lots of spectacular beaches dotted down the coast from The Channel to the Far South, as well as around Bruny Island. You’ll find a few of our favourite family beaches at Kingston, Blackmans Bay, Coningham, Adventure Bay, Southport, and Recherche Bay.
Take the kids to search for treasure (and do a bit of socialising) at the local markets! There’s bound to be good food and some interesting entertainment. Grab some fresh veggies and produce to take home and maybe even attempt to get the kids to help cook dinner.
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