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10 reasons to visit Tasmania’s Tasman Peninsula with Kids

Port Arthur Historis Site

10 reasons to visit Tasmania’s Tasman Peninsula with Kids

With its vast swathes of green fields, sheltered rainforests, rugged sea cliffs, and quiet white sand beaches lapped by beautifully water that wouldn’t be out of place in the tropics, The Tasman Peninsula is of the most naturally beautiful places in Australia. Add historic ruins, unique wildlife, great accommodation, incredible cuisine and lovely locals, and The Tasman Peninsula has all the makings of a perfect family holiday destination. Here are ten reasons to get your tribe to the Tasman Peninsula.

1. Port Arthur Lavender

The kids will be entranced by the heady fragrance and purple fields at Port Arthur Lavender, which is also a great place for a great family friendly lunch. Be sure to try a Lavender infused milkshake and save a little room for a lavender ice cream. They're irresistible.

2. The Tasmanian Devil Unzoo

The world's first Unzoo offers a unique wildlife experience without cages where visitors hand feed friendly kangaroos and quolls and get face to face with Tasmanian devils while learning about the endangered animals. Kids will especially love popping their curious heads up into the glass viewing domes that put the humans in the cage as the animals roam free.

3. The Port Arthur Historic Site

A visit to the world heritage listed site is a must and visitors will find it as fascinating as it is heartbreaking. While adults will be moved by its sombre history (as well as its convict past, it was the site of the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in Australian history), children will enjoy learning about its convict past and exploring every nook and historic cranny of its 30 remaining buildings. If you’re visiting with kids we’d advise making the most of your visit with a stay at Stewarts Bay Lodge, a waterfront property dotted with gorgeous log cabins that come complete with kitchens and laundries, ideal for families, just a ten-minute stroll along the water’s edge to the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Tesselated Pavement

The Tessellated Pavement

5. The Tessellated Pavement

A pattern of pools in the rocks at Eaglehawk Neck known as the tessellated pavement was created by a rare type of natural erosion hundreds of thousands of years ago. It looks a little like Stone Age Lego and every little pool and crevice is filled with extraordinary creatures and incredible shells that beachcombing kids can’t get enough of exploring.

6. Remarkable Cave

The remarkable part of this stunning cave is that the interconnected caverns, part of an ancient tunnel eroded from the base of a collapsed gully, are surrounded by, and intermittently filled with, surging seas and dramatic jagged cliffs. You’ll need to clamber down 130 steps to access the safe viewing platform, but it is well worth the effort. Just keep the kids safely on the platform as the sea can swell into the caves quite suddenly.

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Remarkable Cave

7. Safety Cove

The beaches of the Tasman Peninsula are breathtaking, and not just because the water is so cold. The water is so blue and the sand so white that you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the Whitsundays, not Tasmania. Safety Cove is especially great for kids, the sheltered beach offering fairly gentle waters to swim in, squeaky white sand and plenty of critter-filled rock pools to explore.

8. The Three Capes Track

One of Australia’s greatest walks, this 46-kilometre track leads hikers along rugged clifftops that overlooks the dramatic Southern Ocean to Cape Raoul, Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy. While the entire trek would set you back around four days, those with younger kids, can head to the Cape Raoul track where it is only a 30-minute walk to reach the first lookout and jaw-dropping views. The hike is uphill but easy and you’ll be likely to spot local wildlife in the surrounding bush. threecapestrack.com.au

9. Koonya Garlic Festival

Foodie families should time their visit to The Tasman Peninsula to coincide with the annual Koonya Garlic Festival, held in February. It is a unique celebration not only of the area’s famous garlic, but the food it flavours and the artistic and culinary talents of the local people. The food is some of the best you’ll have at a food festival and there’s plenty more for the family with cooking demos, live music, a kids’ area with craft activities and a petting zoo.

10. Doo-lishus

This cute seafood food shack located in the blowhole carpark in Doo-town near Eaglehawk Neck has won statewide awards for its fish and chips. The kids will love digging into the cones of fresh fried seafood and crispy chips. But make sure they save room for one of the incredible Berry Delight desserts, a huge bucket of ice cream, fresh local berries and cream. Just beware of the extraordinarily cheeky seagulls who will have their beady eyes trained on the kids’ chips!

When she’s not treading on Lego, Aleney de Winter is a travel, food and parenting writer. She shares tales of travelling and eating along with the hilarious antics of her globetrotting nine-year old foodie son and delicious six-year old daughter on her blog, Boy Eats World.

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