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Family Friendly Attractions in Hobart

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Hobart overflows with family activities and attractions for kids of any age - and there are plenty of informal dining options, too. Whether you want to take your young ones to an educational museum, or excite your teens with a wild adventure into the lush Tasmanian landscape, Hobart has it all.

 

Adventure tours

 

In the city centre you’ll find plenty of tour companies ready to whizz you around the city’s top historic sights - but why not combine this with a white-knuckle adventure cruise as well?

 

Bruny Island Cruises

 

This all-day adventure will have the family brimming with excitement. Hop on a bus at the Hobart docks and follow along as your friendly tour-guides point out both Hobart’s top landmarks, and local secrets - like favourite restaurants and hip music hang-outs. After a journey through Tasmanian countryside and a ferry ride to Bruny Island, get ready for the adventure cruise - a riveting 3-hour sea-journey past dark caves, craggy cliffs, and playful seals and dolphins.

 

Dock Head Building, Hobart, TAS 7000. Tel: +61 3 6293 1465

 

Bruny Island Cruises website

 

Easy-going activities

 

If you’re travelling with toddlers and prefer stress-free, sun-dappled afternoon activities in Hobart’s outdoors, check out these easy-going attractions.

 

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

 

These 14-hectare gardens are a peaceful and pleasant place to bring younger kids. Take a self-guided tour through the exotic flowerbeds and collections of rare trees, while your kids run wild through the idyllic greenery. The gardens host plenty of kid-friendly activities too, like fun theatre shows and environmental education.

 

Queens Domain, Hobart TAS 7000. Tel: +61 3 6236 3076

 

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens website

 

Zoodoo Wildlife Park

 

It only takes a 35 minute drive from central Hobart to the Zoodoo Wildlife Park, a immense stretch of farmland that contains a safari, reptile room and farmyard petting zoo. Younger kids will love visiting the fluffy sheep, goats, and ducks, before clapping eyes on the majestic Bengal tigers and rare, bright white lions. There’s also an indoor playground - with bouncy castles and ball pits - for toddlers to expend some energy.

 

620 Middle Tea Tree Road, Richmond TAS 2004. Tel: +61 3 6260 2444

 

Zoodoo Wildlife Park website

 

Museums

 

Hobart’s spread of museums are guaranteed to provide your kids with education and inspiration - whether their interests are in stimulating science or captivating history.

 

Lady Nelson

 

The Lady Nelson, an exact replica of the 1798 vessel, is a living museum in every sense. Docked in the shimmering central Hobart waterfront, this traditional ship - with its white sails and towering masts - can be toured, and there are plenty of maritime and pirate-themed events for kids. On top of that, the Lady Nelson actually sets sail on regular trips - offering kids an unforgettable adventure across the salty seas.

 

Franklin Wharf, Hobart TAS 7000. Tel: +61 3 6234 3348

 

Lady Nelson website

 

Family dining

 

Family visitors will be glad to know Hobart's got more family dining options than you can shake a napkin at, offering a spread of tasty treats that'll satisfy the pickiest of eaters.

 

Fish Frenzy

 

For some no-fuss, quick and easy cuisine, head to Fish Frenzy. With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating - and high-chairs available for tiny tots - this fish restaurant boasts speedy service, friendly staff, and picturesque harbour views. Enjoy affordable battered or breadcrumbed fish, calamari, and chowder - and there’s a kids' menu as well.

 

Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart, TAS 7000. Tel: +61 3 6231 2134

 

Fish Frenzy website

 

Mures Lower Deck

 

This bistro is a family-favourite, offering elegant meals for adults - from grilled fish salads to oyster platters - but also boasts an extensive kids' menu, plus a huge selection of tempting ice-creams. There are also crayons and coloring books available, as well as a spacious outdoor play area.

 

Victoria Dock, Hobart TAS 7000. Tel: +61 3 6231 1999

 

Mures Lower Deck website