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What to do in Hobart with kids

Hobart is jam-packed with family fun activities – original, offbeat, quirky and fun. When it comes to your next Hobart family trip we’ve got you covered.


The Port Arthur Historic Site offers a captivating glimpse into our convict past, and is a fantastic (and educational) day out. Explore the ruins of the notorious penal colony and discover the compelling stories of the convicts, soldiers and settlers who lived there. Meet cunning and criminal characters on the Escape from Port Arthur Tour. Complete the free kids’ activity book and the characters will be vividly brought to life as your little historians search for answers, solve puzzles and collect stamps. School holiday activities include making a convict love token, letter writing and wax sealing, and creating a (temporary) convict tattoo.

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Nothing like a tattoo to get a girl smiling. Picture: Supplied.


The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel has an interesting history as a turn-of-the-century wool storage and treatment facility. Today, this National Trust-listed gem blends timeless charm with modern comfort. Their spacious one-and two-bedroom apartments offer an ideal base for a family holiday. Perks include onsite carparking, free kids’ channels and complimentary passes to swim at the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre. The central location is close to the city’s attractions and eateries – the kids will love staying within walking distance of the fresh fish and chips at the wharf (watch out for hungry seagulls)!

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Hobart has a quiet beauty about it. Picture: Supplied.


Mona is a must do when visiting Hobart – as much for the food as for the art! Catch the ferry to the museum, have a gander, then treat yourself to a sensational meal and marvel at how cultured your children just became. The cafe is a safe bet, with tasty grub, coffee and treats. Enjoy shared plates featuring seasonal, local produce at The Source Restaurant, and relax outside with a glass of wine while the kids play on the lawn (during summer, there’s often live music). Expand your family’s palate in Faro, the shiny new restaurant overlooking the water.

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The Mona share plate is so good you won’t want to share. Picture: Supplied.


A family excursion to Hastings Caves State Reserve in the wild Far South is an unforgettable experience, millions of years in the making. Descend underground on one of the regular tours and be awestruck by the giant dolomite cave and its spectacular subterranean formations. Adults and kids alike will enjoy swimming in the 28 degree Celsius pool, fed by thermal spring water, surrounded by lush ferns and forest. Make use of the BBQ and picnic facilities and make a day of it. Explore the forest walks and keep an eye out for the local wildlife.

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The thermal pool is a perfect compliment to chilly Hobart. Picture: Supplied.


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