Planning a trip to Hobart with kids? This two-day family itinerary has a fantastic to-do list from mountain views and food markets to wildlife and wacky art.
Start your Hobart adventure with a drive to the top of Mount Wellington for wonderful views of Hobart and surrounds below. Stop for a coffee (and babyccino) in South Hobart at Ginger Brown. Then head back into town for a dose of shopping at Salamanca Market. The markets are a bustling hive of activity. You pick up anything – from handmade clothing items and woodwork to beautiful local produce and tasty treats.
The markets are open until 3pm. Browse the food stalls to find tasty bites for a picnic.
Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a must-see. You will need a whole afternoon to explore this quirky-cool gallery. MONA is Australia’s biggest privately-owned museum. The best way to get to MONA is to take the MONA ROMA from Franklin Wharf to the museum.
Catch the MONA ROMA back into town. Then grab fish and chips at Mures Lower Deck for dinner. Mures also have oysters, share platters, soup and pizza. But the kids will really go crazy for the 30 flavours of ice cream.
Rise early and head out of Hobart with the kids to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (about 30 minutes’ drive). At Bonorong families can see wombats, koalas, birds, quolls and the famous Tasmanian Devils. Get a hands-on experience with your favourite furry and scaly friends – and know that your attendance is going towards conserving Tasmanian wildlife.
Head back to Hobart via the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. The gardens offer a lush place to stroll and let the kids run free. Pack some sandwiches and find a shady area for a pinic or dine at Botanical Restaurant while taking in vistas of the gardens and the river.
Visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in the city centre for an afternoon of active programs and explorations. The museum has 800,000 objects from fossils and fine arts. Once a month the museum also holds a family day on Sunday. The focus is on children aged 3-8-year with experiences designed to encourage creativity and imaginative thought.
Greek food is designed to be shared, so take the kids to Urban Greek for a feast of dips, salads and charcoaled meats. If you don’t want to dine in, they also offer take away service.