School holidays are coming up, and we all know how quickly things can head south if the kids get bored. Head off the downward spiral by packing the kids into the car and actually heading south! A fun family getaway through the rolling hills of the Huon Valley down to scenic Far South Tasmania is sure to result in some treasured memories. Here are our tips on places to visit and kid-friendly things to do along the way.
If the cries of ‘are we there yet?’ are starting to drive you batty, stop off in Huonville and go for a high-speed whizz up the river with Huon River Jet Boats. The kids (and adults) can get out all of their yelling in a healthy, adrenaline-fuelled way.
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Daddy, I want a pony!
Calm your racing heart with a visit to Whispering Spirit, a miniature pony stud in the lush green hills of Franklin, with stunning mountain and valley views. In spring and summer, watch the foals play in the paddocks, pat the ponies, feed the chooks and collect their eggs, and watch the milking cows. If this is your kind of getaway, spend a relaxing night or two in their cosy holiday cottages.
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Become Jungle Boy (or Girl)
Head to the Tahune Forest AirWalk (via Geeveston) for some fresh forest air. The kids might even be still for a moment, gazing up in awe at the giants of the forest! The swing bridge and cable hang glider offer an extra thrill in the air, while on the ground there are some beautiful walks (keep an eye out for wildlife).
Relax in your beachside cottage
Continue on your southern adventure towards the pretty fishing village of Dover. Go beach combing and see what treasures the ocean has gifted you, then indulge in some tasty local seafood. Essentially Tas have a wide range of beautiful cottages available to rent throughout the Huon Valley and Far South, which are perfect for relaxing and using as a base for exploring. Stay in luxury overlooking the beach at Dover or nearby Southport. Bliss!
For more info, see: Essentially Tas Accommodation
Toot, toot! All aboard!
For a bit of excitement, head to Lune River and check out the historic Ida Bay Railway. Jump aboard and enjoy the sights as the railway winds along the water’s edge and through bush planes towards the pristine white beach at Deep Hole. Your tour guide will tell you some interesting facts and stories over the two-hour journey, so you’re all bound to learn something as well!
Big cave, hot pool
Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs are one of the Far South’s most beloved gems and are definitely worth a visit! The cave tour is mesmerising and the whole family will have a blast frolicking about in the hot spring pool afterwards. You can even pack a picnic.
Whale of a time
If you’re up to it, drive all the way to the end of the road and explore Cockle Creek. The whale sculpture is sure to be a hit and you might even have the entire beach to yourselves! Just be careful not to get so relaxed that you forget the kids on the way back.
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