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There are lots of family-friendly activities to choose from in the beautiful Southern Trove. Discover hidden gems including a thermal forest pool, giant cave system, scenic waterfalls, enchanting walks, fascinating museums, interesting historic sites, unique wildlife, and captivating tours.

We’ve put together a list of 85 things to do with kids in the Channel, Bruny Island, Huon Valley, and Far South. This only just scratches the surface, so please pop into the local Visitor Information Centres for more insider tips. For up-to-date opening hours and other information, please check with the individual places listed. Enjoy!


The d’Entrecasteaux Channel

The Channel is a short drive from Hobart, and features lovely beaches, beautiful walks, boutique eateries, and interesting history.

1. Visit the Taroona Shot Tower and learn about the historic site.

2. Watch your little Tony Hawks practice their kick flips and 360s at the Blackmans Bay Skate Park.

3. Look for fresh flowers for sale in roadside flowerpots in the town of Flowerpot.

4. The kids will have a blast kitted out in army gear for Tas Laser Skirmish in Kingston (ages 7+).

5. Explore Tasmania’s largest landscaped native garden at Inverawe Native GardensMargate (keep an eye out for quirky sculptures).

6. Go snorkelling and see what kind of sea creatures you can spot at the Tinderbox Marine Reserve.

7. Play on the dreamy beach swings and go beach-combing at Kingston Beach. Remember to only take photos and leave footprints.

8. Discover hidden gem Boronia Beach, via a short walk through the bush.

9. Check out the mighty Blowhole at Blackmans Bay (remember, safety first).

10. Find the wave cut archway at Fossil Cove.

11. Learn about the region’s history at the Channel Museum, with a variety of displays, collections, art, and stories.

12. Visit Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery to wander the farm, pat the sheep, learn about the cheesemaking process, taste the yummy food in the cafe, and enjoy the scenic water views.

13. Jump aboard the Margate Train and check out the shops, galleries, and eateries (pancakes!).

14. Burn off some energy at Dru Point Reserve, with a large access-for-all playground, kiosk, BBQ/picnic areas, tennis courts, connected cycleways and walkways, a kids’ bike track, and boat ramp.

15. Swap a book at the cute Woodbridge Street Library.

16. Pick out some very special handmade chocolates from Nutpatch Chocolates at Kettering.

17. Walk to favourite Snug Falls (there are a few steep bits, so be careful).

18. Visit the Art Farm Birchs Bay and walk the sculpture trail (this one isn’t good for prams due to uneven bush tracks).

19. Visit Hartzview Vineyard and check out the Heritage Pickers Hut Village (and maybe pick up a bottle of something for the adults).

20. Older kids aged 12+ will get a thrill out of a guided tour with Tasmanian Jet Ski Adventures.

21. Watch a weaver at work at the Woodbridge Hill Handweaving Studio.

22. Explore the range of walking tracks at the Peter Murrell Reserves.

23. Get a little bit fancy on the Peppermint Bay Lunch Cruise from Hobart (keep an eye out for dolphins).

24. Relax at sheltered family favourites Snug Beach and Coningham Beach.

25. Have a stickybeak at all the boats docked at Kettering.

26. Book the family on a private walk and talk tour at the Raptor Refuge, Kettering.

27. Let the kids and the dog burn off some energy at one of the Channel’s dog-friendly exercise spots.


Bruny Island

Jump on the ferry at Kettering, a 35-minute drive south from Hobart, and head across for an island adventure.

28. Stop at The Neck, climb the steps up to Truganini Lookout, and enjoy spectacular panoramic views (and a great photo op).

29. Play at family favourite beaches, including: Adventure Bay Beach, Jetty Beach in the South Bruny National Park, and Nebraska Beach and Killora Beach on North Bruny.

30. See if you can spot a special white wallaby hanging out around Adventure Bay.

31. Visit the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration at Adventure Bay.

32. From the Adventure Bay entrance to the South Bruny National Park, walk along the bushy coast to the remains of an old whaling station at Grass Point (1.5 hrs return).

33. Pick your own berries at Bruny Island Berry Farm.

34. At The Neck, watch little penguins waddle up the beach to their nests in the dunes (dusk, September—April). Please follow the Penguin Watching Guidelines.

35. Camp at sheltered Jetty Beach (please check fees and purchase a Parks Pass when entering Tasmania’s national parks).

36. Jump aboard Bruny Island Cruises and explore South Bruny’s rugged coastline, with wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales, and sea birds.

Fluted Cape

@sailor_shenanigans via @pennicottjourneys/Instagram

37. Visit the Bruny Island Quarantine Station and learn about the site’s fascinating past on the self-guided Heritage Interpretative Walk.

38. Find the rocky archway in the sand along the Cape Queen Elizabeth Track at Mars Bluff (hint: there’s a shortcut at low tide).

39. Visit Bruny Island Honey for free tastings, honey treats, a live beehive display, and more.

40. Discover a shaded gully filled with ancient wet forest on the Mavista Nature Walk (30 – 40 min / 1.4 km return).

41. Walk the Dennes Point Heritage Trail (45 mins / 1.5 km return) and learn about the natural and human history of the area.

42. Get the kids their very own binoculars and go birdwatching.

43. Walk the Alonnah Sheepwash Track (1 hr / 3km return), following the old rock-walled carriageway between the two previous jetty sites.

44. Visit the Inala Jurassic Garden and Nature Museum and see ancient fossils and plant species.

45. Become enchanted by a historic lighthouse (c. 1836) on the Bruny Island Lighthouse Tour at Cape Bruny (kids must be aged 5+).


The Huon Valley

Discover rolling hills, quaint townships, and World Heritage Wilderness in the Huon Valley.

46. Picnic by the picturesque Huon River at Huonville.

47. Pop into the Huon Valley Visitor Centre for travel tips and info.

48. Explore the beautiful Hartz Mountains National Park. Short walks include: Waratah Lookout (5 min return), Arve Falls (20 min return), and Lake Osborne (40 min return).

49. Visit the Geeveston Visitor Centre and Museum, learn about the region’s forestry heritage, watch a working wood turner and resident linocut artist do their thing, and see an AR platypus.

50. Cast a line out at one of the many jetties or beaches or go fly fishing for sea trout, wild rainbow and brown trout along the Huon River.

51. Discover the carved wooden sculptures at Geeveston and learn about the notable residents they depict.

52. Play in the awesome playground at Heritage Park, Geeveston.

53. See how many adorable cygnets you can spot at Cygnet.

54. Visit the Honey Pot at Huonville to see bees in action and taste sweet honey ice cream.

55. Search for a real live platypus in the wild on the Geeveston Platypus Walk.

56. Visit the Wooden Boat Centre at Franklin to learn about the heritage craft of wooden boat building.

57. Sail the peaceful Huon River on a traditional tall ship with Yukon Tours‘ daily Calm Water Cruises.

58. Check out the heritage museum at Frank’s Cider House & Cafe and enjoy something tasty to eat (and cider tasting for the adults).

59. Older kids who are old souls might enjoy the classic movie screenings at the Franklin Palais Theatre (first Sunday of the month).

60. Share a sweet treat or two and catch up on all the schoolyard gossip in the light-filled Conservatory Cafe in the Cygnet Old Bank.

61. Take your budding chefs to stock up on farm fresh produce at the weekly Willie Smith’s Artisan & Produce Market (Saturdays, 10am – 1pm).

62. Make use of the libraries at Huonville and Geeveston (there’s also one at Kingston).

63. Visit places with funny names such as Eggs and Bacon Bay.

64. Embrace the creative vibe of the Huon and take a sketch pad out to draw the places and treasures you find.

65. Learn all about apples in the museum at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed (and indulge in a hot slice of home-cooked apple pie).

66. Live your pony dreams at Whispering Spirit Holiday Cottages & Miniature Pony Stud.

67. Take a thrilling Huon Jet boat ride or hire a relaxing aqua bike or canoe.

68. Enjoy a meal at the Kermandie Waterfront Hotel (children under 12 eat free).

69. Visit the creative town of Cygnet and find inspiration for all ages in the shops and galleries.

70. Explore the Mount Misery Walk and Nature Reserve (keep an eye out for wildlife).

71. Search for treasure at the Cygnet Market.

72. Stop at roadside stalls and farmgates for the freshest local produce.

73. Join Huon Valley Horsetrekking for a fun horseback adventure.

74. Go cycling along the quiet back roads of the Huon Valley.

75. Book a Highland Getaway ATV Farm Tour Safari and get up close and personal with beautiful highland cows.


Tasmania’s Far South

The beautiful Far South feels worlds away, but everything is within a 2 hour drive from Hobart.

76. Go beachcombing at Dover and Southport (keep an eye out for sea glass).

77. Discover Tasmania’s Far South through the lens of heritage and art at the Dover Museum & Gallery.

78. Find The Aftermath Dislocation Principle and see the aftermath of a riot in miniature (currently at Dover, then touring other towns).

79. Enjoy a fun family BBQ or picnic at the Dover Foreshore.

80. Visit Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs, take a guided tour of the cave, swim in the 28 degree forest pool, explore the forest walks, and have a BBQ/picnic.

81. Walk through the forest to scenic Duckhole Lake (1.5 hr / 4.2 km return), which is actually a flooded sinkhole.

82. See mining and rail relics along the Mystery Creek Cave Track near Ida Bay and spot glowworms in the cave entrance (don’t go any further in).

83. Go kayaking with Esperance Adventures on their Treasure Hunter Tour and become a pirate for a day, searching for treasure on your very own deserted island.

84. Visit Lunaris Gemstones and choose a special keepsake.

85. Drive all the way south to Cockle Creek and find the big bronze whale sculpture. Older kids might enjoy the longer Fishers Point Navigation Light and Pilot Station Ruins walk (2 hrs return).


We love it when you share your adventures with us. Tag @southerntrovetasmania and use #SouthernTroveTasmania and we’ll share some of our favourite photos on FacebookInstagram and in our Blog.


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Header image:
Hastings Caves State Reserve | @jo.ledda/Instagram

Words:
Isabel Galloway