No trip to Hobart would be complete without a visit to the Salamanca Markets on Salamanca Place. The market is open every Saturday from 08.30am until 03.00pm so it is worth planning your trip to coincide with the market. The market boasts over 300 stalls showcasing fresh Tasmania produce, handmade crafts and gifts and some of the best food stalls in the country. Kids will have so much fun wandering the stalls, pausing to listen to and engage with interesting music and buskers, and stopping to taste and try so much delicious food.
And if the kids start getting a bit tired there are a bunch of great parks just a couple of steps away.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is a fabulous place, dedicated to encouraging children to make their own discoveries. And everything is free! Some of the best kid-friendly highlights include:
Family Days: Once a month on a weekend, TMAG hosts a Family Day that focuses on 3-8 year-old children with structured activities and tailored experiences particularly designed to foster a joyful and creative investigation of the collection and other relevant themes.
Discovery Backpacks: A free, in-gallery loan resource designed to help families explore specific areas of the museum in a fun, engaging and hands-on way. The backpacks are filled with objects, props, activities and resources across a number of subject areas including History, Art, Antarctic and Southern Ocean and Natural Sciences. Each backpack journey can take up to one hour and they are suitable for children aged 7-12 and their families.
Museum Toolkit: Suitable for children ages 4-7 years, you can pick up your own personal “toolkit” from the Visitor Information desk and this includes several ‘tools’ to assist kids in making their museum discoveries.
Across the summer the TMAG will be running a special exhibition called The Remarkable Tasmanian Devil. A great way for kids and adults alike to gain a fresh perspective on Australia’s largest carnivorous marsupial. The exhibition shows that the devil is a unique species, integral to Tasmania’s ecological and cultural landscape – and will alter your perceptions of this extraordinary Tasmanian animal.
Visit the Summit of kunanyi / Mt Wellington
Mt Wellington, or simply “the mountain” as locals call it, looms over Hobart like a large friendly giant. For the best panoramic views of Hobart, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with the weather you must head up to the top along Pinnacle Road to the lookout. Some days you can see far and wide, across the Tasman Sea and into the wild South West National Park, World Heritage Area. On other days, you are literally in the clouds and cannot see your shoes!
The 21 km drive to the summit passes through temperate rainforest to sub-alpine flora and glacial rock formations, and ends with panoramic views of Hobart, Bruny Island, the D'Entrecasteux Channel and into the South West Wilderness.
Even in summer the pinnacle can be cold (often 8 C colder than in Hobart)… so make sure you take some layers. Please note there is no information centre in the park so make sure you download information sheets and maps to take with you.
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