Child Friendly Beaches near Hobart
Bellerive Beach is a very popular family beach as it is sheltered by the South Arm Peninsula. It is wonderful for picnics, walking, jogging and enjoying the spectacular view.
Lauderdale Beach. This pretty sheltered beach, located close to the airport is a wonderful beach for families. It has a picnic-friendly area shaded by trees offering an inviting place to sit and watch the world go by.
Bluff Beach. This beach not far from Devonport is a sheltered sandy beach with a huge bluff which allows wonderful views of the surfing and swimming going on below. It is also an aboriginal site and of historic interest. Bluff Beach is very popular with families as it is suitable for children of all ages.
Parks & Playgrounds in Launceston
Tailrace Park in Launceston is a hidden treasure with a great wooden maze as well as a play area. The outdoor BBQ facilities are hugely popular during weekends and school holidays.
Aberdeen Street Park, Glebe – this is a lovely playground with lots of play equipment but close enough to the domain Tennis Centre for older children’s activities also. The nice thing is that there are BBQs provided with shelter over the top in case of a shower making it a great place to meet up with friends.
The Gorge, Launceston has a lovely area for children with a little pool for hot days. The play area is nice and a small shop sells ice cream and treats. The walks are great for all but toddlers.
Punchbowl Reserve, Launceston this park has a great pond with plenty of ducks to feed, some nice walks and a good play area to satisfy all ages.
Heritage Forest Park has a lovely play area and BBQs so that you can extend the day and sizzle sausages at twilight. The play area is good and there are some nice walks from this spot.
Dru Point Reserve- this playground in Margate is a great multi access playground, designed to allow wheelchair access to most of the equipment. It even has a wheelchair swing although you must collect a key from the council to use it. The playground is a child’s heaven with swings, slides, and a boat for budding pirates, a train, sandpit, and lots of interactive pieces of equipment. With an adjacent playground for older children and lots of BBQs the whole family can enjoy ballgames or bike riding while tea is cooking! If you prefer there is a kiosk which sells snacks to tide you over.
Kid Friendly Restaurants in Launceston
Here the food is healthy and tasty and you do not feel that you are compromising by trying to satisfy the children. The kids menu is different from the usual and for adults the steaks are to die for. Everyone is friendly and there is a good vibe
32 Wellington Street Lauceston. www.jailhousegrill.com.au
Dunalley Hotel, Dunalley
This hotel has thought carefully about family dining and has a great menu and an outdoor area with a timber suspension bridge and cubby house for the older children and electronic games indoors. Adults will be tempted by the seafood options in particular.
210 Arthur Highway, Dunalley
Keeping the children entertained in Launceston
Kids Paradise, Riverside: This is a relatively inexpensive indoor activity centre for children of all ages. A great venue for a rainy day. With playgrounds for under an over 5 it makes it a safe experience to burn off some energy before hitting the cage. A lovely touch is animal world where the children can stuff their new toy bear and then choose clothes to fit it.
1 Waterfront Drive, Riverside Launceston 7250 (03) 6327 4538 www.kidsparadise.net.au
Seahorse World: For something a little different, Seahorse World is a totally guided experience for all the family. With touch pools and a working seahorse farm this attraction gives children an experience which they will not forget. There is a little café there also to break up the day.
200 Flinders Street Beauty Point TAS 7270 (03) 6383 4111 www.seahorseworld.com.au
Keeping the children entertained in Hobart
Old Hobart Town: Transporting the children back in time this model village shows what Hobart looked like in the 1820s. Located in Richmond this is well worth the visit but Richmond itself is also a really lovely village to send the day in. Take a picnic and go down to the river for a lazy few hours. 21A Bridge Street, Richmond 03) 6260 2502 www.oldhobarttown.com/
Tahune Airwalk-this is a wonderful way to spend a day exploring the treetops and seeing what it is like being part of the rainforest canopy. The huge tees which are hundreds of years old are awe inspiring and as the bridges across the Huon and Picton rivers quiver and shake you feel a sense of nature’s grandeur. There are walking trails to please everyone and as you make your way down to the forest floor you can enjoy the cool shade while coming up close with the micro world below. The café provides some wonderful Tasmanian food to satisfy all tastes. Alternatively take some sausages to throw onto the BBQs or a picnic.
Tahune Forest Reserve, Geeveston, 7116 (0 3) 6251 3909 tahuneadventures.com.au