Markets | Mountains | Museums — Top Family Holiday Attractions in Tasmania

How many of Tasmania’s top family attractions have you visited?  Here is a taste to wet your appetite!

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CREDIT: Discover Tasmania

Salamanca Market | MONA | kunany/Mount Wellington | Port Arthur | Cataract Gorge | Freycinet National Park | Cradle Mountain | Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens | Tasman Arch & Blow Hole | Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery

1. Salamanca Market – Hobart

Salamanca Market - Tasmania
SALAMANCA MARKET is one of Australia’s most vibrant and loved outdoor markets. The Market is located at historic Salamanca Place, next to the Hobart waterfront and with over 300 stallholders it’s an experience that’s hard to beat.

Salamanca Market operates every Saturday 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, except for Christmas Day or Anzac Day when the market is held on Sunday. There is no entry fee, making it free to enjoy.


2. MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) – Hobart

Musuem of Old and New Art - Tasmania

ART is definitely not boring at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)! Located just up the river from Hobart, Mona’s subterranean architecture showcases David Walsh’s $110m private collection of art and antiquities, as well as hosting a busy exhibitions program.


3. kunany/Mount Wellington – Hobart

Mountain bike rider on Mount Wellington Hobart , Tasmania

KUNANYI has lots to offer and is only 20 min drive from the centre of Hobart. Stroll through cool forested gullies along historic walking tracks or traverse Wellington Range in the saddle on horse or mountain bikeFour wheel drive along rough mountain trails, climb leaning dolerite towers, or sit quietly among the birds. Find the perfect place for a picnic or to flip a burger. Oh, and entry is free!


4. Port Arthur Historic Site

Port Arthur Penitentiary

PORT ARTHUR is a story of many people, places and moments. Over its long history, Port Arthur has been a place of hardship and punishment, a place of opportunity, and a place of leisure. Now it is one of Australia’s most important heritage destinations, where the story of Australia’s colonial history is written in stone and brick.

Port Arthur Historic Site is the best open-air classroom you could wish for, with many historic buildings, ruins and gardens, and a choice of guided walks, optional tours and activities. Browse our range of teacher and student resources, and book your school visit today.


5. Cataract Gorge – Launceston

Pedestrian bridge over the First Basin Cataract Gorge

CATARACT GORGE is a natural wonder you don’t want to miss on your visit to Launceston in Northern Tasmania. A magnificent chairlift spans the huge natural basin and good quality paths make it easy to explore. Enjoy a veno with your meal at the Gorge Restaurant or Basin Cafe.


6. Freycinet National Park

Wine Glass Bay Freycinet National Park

COLES BAY AND FREYCINET   Sticking out into the sea on Tasmania’s mild east coast is the rugged and beautiful Freycinet Peninsula. Relax and soak in the beauty of this magical place. Accommodation options ranges from camping to the high end luxury of Saphire Freqcinet.


7. Cradle Mountain

Dove Lake with Cradle Mountain in the background - Tassie's Jewel in the Crown.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN mirrored in the waters of Dove Lake is one of Australian most beautiful parks.  With walks from a 2.5 – 3 hour day walk around the Lake to a six day walk along the world-famous Overland Track there is something for everyone. As the fifth highest mountain in Australia you are in Alpine territory so be prepared with outdoor gear – all year round.


9. Tasman Arch and Blowhole

Blow Hole

TASMAN PENINSULA offers some of the best coastal walks in the country. You can reach the formations like the Tasman Arch, the Blow Hole, the Devils Kitchen, the Tessellated Pavement, Remarkable Cave and Waterfall Bay by car, but by far the best views of the rugged coastline are from the park’s many bushwalks.