14 Top Things To Do In Hobart With Kids

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Going on a Hobart trip and want to know all the top things to do in Hobart with kids? We have you covered! Below you will find our guide to all the fun things to do in Hobart for kids to plan your ultimate trip.

Hobart is the perfect place for a family getaway! While I may be a bit biassed, there is such a variety of exciting, relaxing and interesting things to do in Hobart that it’s easy for me to recommend it.

Hobart is the capital of Tasmania. With a bit over 200,000 people it’s not a super busy capital, but a slow moving city, although that is changing in recent years.

train park hobart

The reason why Hobart is such a great place for families comes down to the variety of attractions and the ease of getting around. So many of the best things to do in Hobart Australia are family friendly. There are also many day trips you can take from Hobart, each showcasing something different. 

Plus, locals are super welcoming towards families.

Below, you will find our Hobart travel blog with everything you need to know about the best things to do in Hobart, Tasmania, exactly what to do in Hobart with kids as well as the best places to stay for your ultimate holiday in Hobart!!

Top 14 Things To Do In Hobart With Kids

Here are the best things to do with kids in Hobart, Tasmania. Read through and select the ones that fit your interests and timeframe.

Mt Wellington / Kunanyi Summit

View of Hobart from Mt Wellington
View of Hobart from Mt Wellington

Address: Wellington Park

Opening Hours: Always open (unless closed due to weather). Observation shelter is open from 7am to 5:30pm/10pm daily (depending on the season)

Price: Free

High on your list of things to do in Tasmania Hobart should be a visit to the top of Mt Wellington. “The Mountain” (as it’s known by locals) stands at over 1200 metres tall and is a fabulous place to get great views over the city. 

It’s an easy drive to the top where there’s an observation shelter and a map which the kids can use to spot things all around the city. They also have binoculars you can use. 

This is probably one of the best things to do around Hobart Tas on a clear day as you won’t see much otherwise. However, the kids might also enjoy the feeling of being in the clouds! 

Note that the summit is often closed due to bad weather and snowing. Snow, of course, makes this even more exciting for kids, and if you still want to visit and you’re after things to do in Hobart without a car, you can get the kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus. This bus still has access to the summit even when standard vehicle access is closed.

Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market

Address: Salamanca Place, Hobart

Opening Hours: Every Saturday from 8:30am to 3pm

Entry price: Free

With or without kids, one of the best things to see in Hobart Tas is to visit Salamanca Market. The market operates every Saturday from 8:30am to 3pm if you’re looking for things to do in Hobart this weekend.

This is a lively street market which kids will love as it will awaken all of their senses – there are beautiful smells and delicious food from all the wonderful food stalls, a huge variety of local goods for sale and lots of sound with live music and vendors selling their goods. 

There are over 300 stalls here and it’s popular with both tourists and locals. It’s a great place to stop for breakfast and buy a souvenir. This is one of the top things to do in Hobart Tasmania. In fact, it’s often mentioned as number one among lists of the top ten things to do in Hobart Tasmania.

Seafood At Hobart’s Waterfront

Hobart Waterfront

Address: Constitution Dock, Hobart

Opening Hours: Varies

Price: Varies

Tasmania is known nationwide for its excellent seafood, and where better to try it than at Hobart’s Waterfront where vendors sell their daily catch. This is great if you’re looking for things to do in Hobart today or things to do in Hobart at night time as many places are open from lunch to late. 

The waterfront has floating seafood stores at Constitution Dock among things to do in Hobart CBD which kids will love to see. These can be a little pricey but worth it for their great quality (we love Flippers). You can also find ice cream and gelato.

If you’re looking for a sitdown option, restaurants like Mures and Fish Frenzy are popular options. You’ll find kids’ options at most places. 

The waterfront is an exciting place to walk around and explore in itself, with boats everywhere as well as restaurants and bars. It’s one of the best things to do in Hobart city.

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Hobart

Address: Lower Domain Road, Hobart

Opening Hours: Open daily from 8am to 5pm

Entry Price: Free (gold coin donation recommended)

If you’re looking for free things to do in Hobart Tas then head to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. This is a beautiful spot in town with plenty of space for the kids to run around and explore. 

Among the things to do and see in Hobart Tasmania at the Botanical Gardens include entering the old Gatekeepers Cottage, seeing the displays in the greenhouse enclosures, seeing ducks on the pond and looking up at the enormous trees. There’s a lot of variety here.

They also have a Subantarctic Plant House which replicates the temperatures found on Macquarie Island (Tasmania’s southernmost island). 

There’s also a beautiful Japanese Garden and plenty of space to stretch out and have a picnic which in our opinion is one of best things to do near Hobart Tasmania. Otherwise, there’s a cafe here.

MONA

MONA in Hobart

Address: 655 Main Rd, Berriedale

Opening Hours: From 10am to 5pm, Friday to Monday

Entry price: Adults are $35, kids 12 to 17 are $10, under 12 are free.

Depending on who you ask, MONA may be very high on your family things to do in Hobart list, or it may not be on there at all! This is because MONA has a reputation for trying to shock its visitors, and some artwork isn’t suitable for children.

However, we love it and highly recommend a visit. It’s by far one of the most unique things to do in Hobart!

MONA is actually Australia’s biggest privately owned museum and descends three levels underground, etched into the sandstone. This in itself is impressive, but inside there is so much to see and do. 

Upon entering the main museum there are water droplets spelling out different words – a great thing for kids to see! Continue exploring and there are too many wonderful (and sometimes disturbing) things to see to name it all, much of it involving light and sound. Our kids had us running from exhibit to exhibit!

Last time we visited we enjoyed the Egyptian sarcophaguses, a big digital computer room and exploring the tunnels. However, things are always changing – more reason to add it to your top 10 things to do in Hobart Tasmania list! As stated, some of it isn’t appropriate for children. They have maps showing which content may not be appropriate for kids.

There’s a restaurant, bar and cafe here too, as well as a nice outdoor area for a picnic and a big trampoline which kids can jump on.

Getting to MONA itself is among the cool things to do in Hobart if you take the ferry! This takes about 25 minutes and sails on the river Derwent from Brooke Street Pier. 

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Bonorong Park wildlife centre
Koala time

Address: 593 Briggs Road, Brighton

Opening Hours: Open daily from 9am to 5pm

Entry price: $32 for adults, $18 for kids. Families are $93

Kids love to get up close to Tasmania’s native animals, so one of the things to do in Hobart kids love is to visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. It takes about 30 minutes to drive there from Hobart. 

This wildlife sanctuary focuses on conservation, with a rescue service, breeding programs for endangered species, wildlife hospital and more, making it a great place to visit.

There’s an emphasis on native Tasmanian animals (although you will find some koalas). There’s an awesome open kangaroo space where the kids can feed the kangaroos. Of course, you’ll also see the Tasmanian Devil – definitely among the top things for kids to do in Hobart!

Entry includes a park tour which I highly recommend to get the most out of your visit, as well as some optional tours for an additional fee. 

This is a lovely park to visit with lots of areas for kids to enjoy. They also have picnic tables and a shop for lunch.

Click here to read our full review to Bonorong.

Salmon Ponds

Salmon Ponds Hobart
Feeding fish at Salmon Ponds

Address: 70 Salmon Ponds Road, Plenty

Opening Hours: Open daily from 9am to 5pm

Entry Price: Adults are $8, kids 7 to 17 are $6, kids 3 to 6 are $3, under 3 are free. Family entry is $22.

If you’re after things to do in Hobart on Sunday (or any other day), consider taking a scenic drive 45 minutes from Hobart to Salmon Ponds. Open daily, Salmon Ponds is a beautifully relaxing area, and as the oldest trout hatchery, it’s also a historic spot.

Trout are still farmed here today and you can see the hatchery, visit the Museum of Trout Fishing, take a walk and feed the fish. If you’re looking for things to do in Hobart with toddlers, they can also feel eels in a small pool and feed the fish.

The pond itself is teeming with fish including large salmon and the occasional platypus! 

There’s also BBQ facilities here as well as picnic tables making this one of the things to do from Hobart if you’re after a great picnic spot.

There’s a restaurant too serving top notch pancakes!

Russell Falls

Russell Falls Hobart

Address: 66 Lake Dobson Road, National Park

Opening Hours: Open daily from 9am to 4pm

Entry Price: A National Parks Pass is required. A daily pass can be purchased from ​$20.60 per person or ​$41.20 per vehicle.

Russell Falls is one of those few places that looks just as incredible in person as in photos, and if you’re looking for amazing things to do in Hobart, I’d highly recommend a visit!

It takes about 1.5 hours to reach Russell Falls from Hobart by car. You’ll be heading through a small town called New Norfolk – if the kids get restless, I recommend a stop here to stretch your legs. You could also stop at Salmon Ponds on your way.

A visit to Russell Falls starts at the visitors centre at Mt Field National Park where you’ll need a national parks’’ pass to visit (you can purchase one here). You’ll then walk through the back of the visitors centre to start your walk to Russell Falls. It only takes about 10 minutes through a lush forest which will no doubt have the kids spotting numerous things (this is a prime spot for diverse fungi!). 

You’ll then reach the magnificent Russell Falls. There’s a good viewing platform where you can take photos and you can also see it from above. You’ll see why this is among our top 10 things to see in Hobart and surrounds!

This will probably be enough if you have young kids, but if you’re a family with stamina, you might like to continue your walk to Horseshoe Falls and Lady Barron Falls.

On return to the visitors centre, there’s a shop and a cafe to get a bite to eat before heading off.

This is one of our favourite things to do around Hobart area and we highly recommend it if you have the time!

Margate Train

Margate Train Hobart

Address: 1567 Channel Hwy, Margate

Opening Hours: Open daily from 9:30am to 5pm

Price: Free

What better things to see and do in Hobart Tasmania than seeing an old steam train!? The unique Margate Train is one you’ll want to add to your list of things to do in and around Hobart Tasmania with kids!

The Margate Train is located in Margate, a 20 minute drive south of Hobart. Built in 1950, this train once delivered passengers between Hobart and Launceston, but it now lives permanently at Margate where it has been given new life as a food and retail destination!

Onboard, there are a variety of stores including a beauty parlour, sweets shop, barber, jewellery, clothing and souvenir store. However, one of the 10 best things to do in Hobart Tasmania is to have pancakes here. The Pancake Train Cafe is a very popular spot for breakfast and brunch.

There’s some other stores nearby too, including food and furniture stores. However in our opinion the best thing to do here with kids is having pancakes and exploring the stores onboard the train.

Click here to read our full review of the Margate Train.

Tahune AirWalk

Tahune Air Walk
Tahune Air Walk. Photo credit: Atsushi Kase via cc

Address: Tahune Adventures, Arve Road, Geeveston

Opening Hours: Open daily from 10am to 4pm

Entry price: $31 for adults, $15.50 for kids

It’s no secret that Tasmania offers both stunning and extensive forests and wilderness. What better way to see it than from above? Among our top 10 things to do around Hobart Tasmania is a visit to Tahune AirWalk!

The Tahune AirWalk is located a 1.5 hour drive south of Hobart (a great place to visit after stopping at the Margate Train for breakfast!). Here you’ll find a steel air bridge which is elevated 30 metres above the forest floor, offering stunning views of the forest below and in the distance. At its tallest point, you’ll have views from 50 metres above. 

There’s also a swinging suspension bridge and adventure activities you can do around here.

Of course, if you’re looking for things to do in Hobart with a toddler you may want to consider their capacity for enduring heights. However, it is very safe and one of the best things to do in Hobart with children to see the wilderness.

Hastings Caves And Thermal Pools

Hastings Caves
Hastings Caves. Photo credit: Jamieson Teo via cc

Address: 754 Hastings Caves Rd, Hastings

Opening Hours: Open daily but exact times depends on season

Entry Price: Tours are $24 for adults, $12 for kids. Families are $60. Book in advance.

If you’ve exhausted your options of kid friendly things to do in Hobart then why not venture further afield and experience something truly unique! Hastings Cave is a 1.5 hour drive from Hobart and is Australia’s largest cave system open to visitors, making it a top attraction.

This is a dolomite cave system that formed over 40 million years ago, with big impressive formations like stalagmites which will have the kids in awe. There are also several species unique to this cave!

To visit the cave, you need to take a tour. These start about 5km from the visitors centre (where you can pick up your tickets). You descend into the cave down some steps where the light level is low, but the inside is quite spacious. 

Afterwards, you can take a dip in the Hastings Thermal Spring – a naturally heated pool and one of the fun things to do in Hobart Tasmania after visiting the cool cave!

There’s also BBQ facilities and picnic tables, and some short walks where you can even spot some wildlife.

It’s fair to say this area has a lot to offer and is worth considering on your Hobart Australia things to do list!

Bruny Island Day Trip

The Neck, Bruny Island
The Neck, Bruny Island

Address: Ferry Road, Kettering

Opening Hours: Ferry operates from around 6am/7am to around 7pm daily

Ferry price: A standard sized vehicle is $46 return

Bruny Island is a super popular place for a day trip. This rugged island off the east coast has so much to offer and is one of the best things to do Hobart and surrounds offers.

You can reach Bruny Island by car ferry. It’s a fairly quick trip over. I recommend you start your visit at the Truganini – Neck lookout where you’ll get great views. This narrow strip of land connects the north and south parts of the island. Nearby fairy penguins can be spotted after sunset if you’re around then!

Produce is top quality on Bruny Island, and top of mind for many visitors. Visit Honey Pot for their tasty ice cream and the Bruny Island chocolate company where they have a super impressive range and it’s no doubt one of the top things for kids in Hobart on Bruny!

If you’re looking to explore the ruggedness of the island, I recommend a walk. The Grass Point Walk is short and sweet and you can even spot wildlife along the way. This is a great walk for families.

Ashdale Miniature Farm Hobart

Ashdale Miniature Farm is also among Hobart things to do with kids on Bruny Island. Open from Thursdays to Mondays from 10am to 4pm, this farm has miniature sized cows, horses, goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys and more!

Inala Nature Museum and Jurassic Gardens is another awesome place sure to impress older kids with its fabulous collection of fossils, gemstones and seashells from around the world. It also has hundreds of species of plant from the Gondwanan period. 

Cape Bruny Lighthouse also can’t be missed. This lighthouse sits at the southern end of the island and offers its own impressive views, and a small museum. 

Bruny Island is also an excellent place to spend the night if you’re looking to do that!

Click here to read our full guide to visiting Bruny Island.

Day Trip To Richmond With Amaze, Richmond Gaol, Old Hobart Town Model Village And Pooseum

Richmond Gaol Hobart
Richmond Gaol

Address: Richmond, Tasmania

Opening Hours: Varies

Entry price: Varies

When it comes to things to do in Hobart with family, Richmond is one of the most popular places for a half day trip. 

Both locals and tourists often flock to Richmond in the holidays and on the weekends. That’s because it’s close to Hobart (only a 30 minute drive away) and offers lots of attractions in a charming, historic town. 

We recommend starting your visit at Amaze – a huge maze with a 2 metre tall hedge that you and the kids will enjoy trying to escape from. It takes most people about 30 minutes. There’s also a smaller wooden maze here.

Richmond Gaol is also a top attraction. Older than Port Arthur, Richmond Gaol is a well preserved example of a colonial gaol complete with punishment cells and solitary confinement cells. Tours are self guided with plenty of information to read and things to see.

Click here to read our full review of Richmond Gaol.

Old Hobart Town Model Village
Old Hobart Town Model Village

Old Hobart Town Village is another cool spot. This model replica of Hobart Town in the 1820’s is quite large and impressive. Complete with street names and characters doing funny things, it’s one of the things to do in Hobart family to get a good sense of how life in Hobart was over 200 years ago.

Click here to read our full review of Old Hobart Town Village.

Pooseum Richmond

The Pooseum is also very worth seeing. This is of course a museum of poo, but much more than that. There’s so much fascinating information here as well as some humour along the way.

Richmond has some of the top things to do near Hobart Airport so it’s also a place you can visit before heading off.

Port Arthur Day Trip

Port Arthur Historic Site

Address: Port Arthur Historic Site, Arthur Highway, Port Arthur

Opening Hours: Open daily from 9am to 5pm

Entry price: $42 for adults, $22 for kids

Port Arthur is one of the most visited spots in Tasmania, and you should definitely consider it on your list of things to see near Hobart.

A trip to Port Arthur takes 90 minutes from Hobart, and passes through Eaglehawk Neck where you’ll want to stop at the Blowhole and Tessellated Pavement – both natural wonders and impressive in their own right.

Port Arthur Historic Site was the site of one of the toughest gaols in the colony. Only the most hardened criminals were sent here, and punishments were equally brutal. However, it isn’t all scary and there’s plenty of things for kids to enjoy here while learning some history.

Included in your entry is a short walking tour and a 25 minute harbour cruise. You can also optionally visit Isle the Dead – Port Arthur’s own burial island. 

You’ll get to explore all the buildings, some in ruins, some perfectly intact, complete with furniture and fixtures.

There’s also a more modern gaol cell and courthouse.

This is one of the things to do in Hobart and surrounds that will have the kids asking lots of questions! It’s also one of the best things to do in Hobart on a Sunday as it’s open daily except for Christmas Day.

Top Things To Do Hobart Kids Map

Top Things To Do In Hobart With Kids map
Click the Map to open in Google Maps. You can then access directions to each of the locations discussed in this article.

Best Place To Stay In Hobart

There are many great places to stay in Hobart for families to suit most budgets. Some of these are very close to the many things to do Hobart city offers. 

We love staying close to the waterfront and CBD as it’s our favourite part of town. However, so long as you have a car, you’ll find Hobart very easy to get around even if you stay further out.

Probably the most important things for families are having spacious accommodation, and facilities like a washer and dryer. We’ve considered this in the reviews below.

Below, you’ll find our recommendations including a budget accommodation option, mid-range option, and our pick of the best place to stay in Hobart for families.

BEST – Somerset On The Pier Review

outside Somerset On The Pier Hobart Elizabeth Pier

If you want to be within walking distance to all the major attractions, Somerset On The Pier is a fabulous choice for families. 

This hotel is close to all the top things to do with kids Hobart offers including Salamanca Place, Brooke Street Pier (where you can get the ferry to MONA), and Hobart’s CBD. Somerset On The Pier sits on Hobart’s Waterfront on Elizabeth Street Pier, which has its own share of fabulous bars and restaurants nearby.

Somerset On The Pier room

There are two room grades here including executive and premier, and both have one and two bedroom options. Premier rooms have a balcony overlooking Sullivans Cove. We picked a one bedroom apartment for our family and it worked well.

Apartments are perfectly equipped with a full kitchen, sitting area and conveniences such as a washer and dryer. Parking and WiFi are both included.

bedroom Hotel Somerset Hobart

Contemporary and spacious, this is a lovely place to stay while in town and one of our top picks for families.

Click here for the latest prices or here to read our full review.

MID-RANGE – Quest Savoy Review

Quest Savoy Hobart front

Quest Savoy is a well positioned hotel offering comfortable accommodation for families in their range of studio, one and two bedroom apartments. 

If you want to be close to the things to do in Hobart area then this is a great pick. This hotel is in the CBD but a very short walk to Salamanca Place and Hobart’s Waterfront.

Quest Savoy Hobart kitchen and dining area

Rooms are spacious with full kitchens and sitting areas. Guests also have access to a laundry which is coin operated. WiFi and daily newspapers are complimentary, and the hotel can assist with organising breakfast packs and pantry shopping which is very convenient for families. Parking is pricey at $20 per day.

Quest Savoy serviced apts Hobart bedroom area

Downstairs is Savoy Baths, which is a wonderful day spa with discounted entry for adult guests.

Click here for the latest prices or here to read our full review.

BUDGET – Discovery Parks – Mornington Review

If you have a car and don’t mind staying further out, Discovery Parks at Mornington is a great option. There’s not many things to do in Hobart for families around here, but it is just a 10 minute drive from the city centre. 

There are plenty of cabins to choose from including economy, standard and superior cabins, as well as a range of bedding arrangements like bunk beds. Cabins include kitchenettes (at least) and private bathrooms. Superior cabins are better equipped.

There’s also some good facilities on-site like a BBQ area, guest laundry and kids playground. WiFi and parking are both included.

Positioned just off the highway, it can be a bit noisy, but the value for money can’t be denied!

Click here for the latest prices.

Click here to see all our recommendations for the best place to stay in Hobart.

How To Get To Hobart

Driving over the Bowen Bridge in Hobart
Driving over the Bowen Bridge in Hobart – on a windy day you can feel like your car is going to blow off!

If you’re flying to Tasmania from interstate you’ll want to arrive at Hobart Airport. There are direct flights from most major cities including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.

Hobart also has flights direct to Auckland if you’re arriving from New Zealand.

Click here to see the latest flight prices.

When it comes to getting around, a car is the way to go. You can hire a car at the airport. I recommend you pre-book to ensure you get what you want. They can book out well in advance.

Click here to see the latest prices for car hire.

For a short stay, you could get around without a car by getting the Skybus and staying in the CBD, but you’ll see so much more of the top things to see in Hobart Tasmania with a car.

Alternatively, you could get the Spirit of Tasmania and bring your own car. However I would only recommend this as part of a bigger trip as it’s a three hour drive from Hobart.

Final Words

I hope you’ve enjoyed our list of things to do Hobart CBD as well as things to do in greater Hobart! 

Hobart, and Tasmania overall, really is a fantastic place for families. It’s got a great mix of exciting activities whilst still feeling relaxing and being easy to travel around.

I know you’ll have a great time!

Read more Hobart travel guides here. You can also find our list of Hobart day trips here which can also be great options for families or our full list of things to do in Hobart here.

By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.