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Seven adventures for the holidays

The seasons are changing and school holidays are upon us. We've put together some ideas for when you need to escape building forts and crafting.
Young girl in dress smelling the tulips at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens produce some fine tulips every spring.

Feed the animals

Fluffy animals are always a win, especially when you can get up close and personal with them. There are quite a few choices around the state too. With the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo in Port Arthur, Bonorong in Brighton and Wing’s Wildlife Park at Gunns Plains. If the kids are more into animals from the sea you can find aquariums, too. Check out Seahorse World in Beauty Point or Seaquarium in Stanley.

Picnic in a park

Pack up a picnic, or get some fish and chips, and head to a local park or garden. National Parks, such as Mt. Field and the Cataract Gorge, provide lots of nature walks and wildlife spotting opportunities. With spring in full swing, there are lots of plants blooming too. Head to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens or Table Cape Tulip Farm to view the colourful and popular tulips.

Child jumping for joy at Neck Beach, Bruny Island.
Jumping for joy at Neck Beach, Bruny Island.

Dip your toes

As an island state, we’re surrounded by plenty of clear blue water and lots of sand. On the east coast, you’ll find stunning beaches on every corner. In the north/north-west, you can head to Boat Harbour, Coles Beach or Greens Beach. If you’re in the south, favourites include Coningham, Kingston and Seven Mile. Even if it’s not warm enough to swim, there’s no feeling quite like toes squelching in the sand. Get the kids to make a seashell necklace or fossick for treasures. Write your names in the sand and take a family pic.

Sunset over Freycinet Lodge Jetty.
Watching the sunset on the Freycinet Lodge Jetty.

Do it in a day

Wherever you’re located, there are lots of wonderful day trips to do around Tassie. You can choose to buy an experience or do it yourself. There’s Bruny Island, the Little Blue Lagoon and Tasmazia just to name a few. Being that we’re so compact, you don’t have to travel far to visit something new. Which can be great when you’re dealing with smaller people that can’t sit still for long periods.

Mini vacay

If you’re wanting to visit somewhere new but it’s that bit further, think about making a night or two of it. This is especially good if there are a couple of things worth looking at. That way you can spread them out instead of rushing. Thinking of Strahan, Freycinet, Cradle Mountain, Launceston or Hobart? You can even save money as a member, so don't forget to check out our Member Rewards page.

Sarah Island replica at Penny Royal Adventures.
Penny Royal Adventures offers lots to do for kids both big and small.

Local tourist

School holidays are also a fun time to step out and enjoy what’s on your doorstep. For something different, you can hop on a bus or a ferry and explore things from a different vantage point. Discover new shops, parks or play centres. Eat at a different café or visit a landmark.

Save it for a rainy day

Living in Tassie, you never know what the weather’s going to bring so keep some indoor things up your sleeve. Large shopping centres host kid-friendly events and pop-ups through the holidays. Follow them on Facebook and keep a note of the dates and times. If there’s nothing on the day, you’ve always got bowling, movies, arcades and play centres to keep them entertained. Check out our Member Rewards and see where you can save on ticket prices.