10 Fun Activities for Kids in and around Devonport | North West Tasmania
Devonport and its surrounds offer such a diverse range of indoor and outdoor activities for you all to enjoy. If you find yourself asking questions like the below – then we can help you.
It’s the end of our trip and I’m going bonkers – What can I do with the kids whilst waiting to leave on the Spirit?
Hey – we really need some ideas for a school excursion?
Kids are bored what else can we do in the area?
1. Leven Canyon Reserve
This spectacular canyon reserve of 2,500 hectares is great for a half-day or full day activities for couples, families or a school excursion. It is located a leisurely 50 minute drive from Devonport through beautiful farmland. With well-developed trails, two lookouts, barbecue areas and toilets – it’s easy to see why Leven canyon is one of Parks 60 Great Short Tassie walks.
There are four walk options ranging from easy to moderate difficulty and from 20 minutes to three hours return. The trails have a well maintained surface and cleanly cut steps in the steeper areas. Just wear some comfortable shoes. Leave the high heels in the car ok !
CRUICKSHANKS LOOKOUT – An easy walk to get the best views and takes around 20 minutes return. This will be longer with little people who may need to be carried some of the way but easy for those with longer legs (3 years of age and older). Maye bribe them with a treat at the end.
EDGE LOOKOUT – A walk of moderate difficulty takes you downhill to the Edge Lookout and is 30 minutes return. Those with little legs may need some help on the return journey!
CIRCUIT WALK – You can extend your walk through the side trail that is aptly named, Forest Stairs. The trail runs through a steep gully covered in Ferns and connects the trails of both Lookout walks. This option takes 40 minutes return and is well worth the extra time.
CANYON FLOOR to Devils Elbow – To get there you leave the Reserve car park and turn right at Loongana Road. It is only about 1km to the Canyon Floor area. If you incorporate this walk with a visit to the Reserve and lookouts, definitely plan for a full day. Pack a jacket for bad weather as it can change in the canyon quickly. In fact Tassie is renowned for four season in one day so always be prepared.
Kayaking is poplar in the canyon and the terrain is quite spectacular as you can see from the video below.
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2. Bluff Playground Devonport
One of Devonport’s best kept secrets, Bluff Playground is nestled between the Mersey Bluff headland and the mouth of the Mersey River framed by a terrific surf beach. Great for a family day-out, school excursion, or somewhere to hangout with the kids while you wait to leave on the Spirit! The ‘Bluff’ incorporates a BBQ area, skate park, toilets, Showers a Surf Club, Drift Cafe and Mrs Jones Restaurant. Look out for Mr Whippy. “Always bad music but great ice-cream!”
There is a fenced playground that is great for little kids with swings, climbing net, slides and other equipment. It is accessible to all, with wheelchair access for activities.
If the barbecue area is busy you can find a great spot to sit and eat in front of the surf club overlooking the beach. Drift Café will be able to serve you some fish and chips to eat on the lawn.
From here – look left and right. Either way you go will be a great walk along the river front.
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3. Haus Creative
Haus Creative provides play based learning in art, crafts, music and performance. All instructors are industry professionals that believe that the arts are a vital part of a healthy life and look forward to sharing their knowledge with your kids!
Haus Creative hosts an Artist Market during the summer. Opening hours are variable so check their Facebook page for times.
Our daughter attended her second singing workshop today and absolutely loved it! Brad and Kate are fabulous with the children in a welcoming environment. The workshop was fun, interesting and gave the children an insight into singing and performing. Would highly recommend Haus Creative. – Parent feedback
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4. Bass Straight Maritime Centre
The stories and events of Bass Strait, one of the roughest stretches of water in the world, are re- told in the Bass Strait Maritime Centre Devonport.
This is a “hands on learning centre” with lots of hands on activities. Take the wheel of the Ship Simulator and head up the Mersey River.
Get out on the water in the restored, Julie Burgess, ketch. The last of the Burgess families’ old Bass Strait fishing vessels does two-hour sailings. Check with the centre for availability.
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5. Kelcey Tier Green Belt and Mountain Bike Tracks
Enter the Kelcey Tier Green Belt, just ten minutes from Devonport, and you are suddenly surrounded by green bushland and right away from the daily routine! A terrific community resource the reserve is criss-crossed by 30 trails all yours to explore. Comfortable shoes recommended as a minimum on the better developed and less steep trains. For some of the steeper trails walking boots are advisable. Oh, and have you found the Green Lizard?
…. Dogs welcome
The Reserve is great for:
- Trail walking
- Trail Running.
- Mountain Biking
- Green Lizard Hunt
6. Splash Devonport Acquatic Centre
Splash Devonport Aquatic and Leisure Centre Officially re-opened in 2014. The original Aquatic Centre’s outdoor 50 metre pool and waterslide are now complemented by a 25 metre eight-lane indoor swimming pool, an indoor learn to swim exercise pool with water play features, an outdoor water play splash pad and a fully equipped Health Club with a Gymnasium and a Group Exercise Studio.
Splash stock a great range of swimwear and accessories if you arrived without them . . . hmmmmmm and the café can satisfy with a coffee or snack or can or even cater for a hosted Birthday Party.
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7. The Big Big House
The Big Big House has some of best Family Entertainment in Devonport. The centre can host birthday parties that will also allow parents time to relax with a coffee while the kids play in a safe, fun environment.
Laser combat is also housed here . . . The kids get quite embarrassed, but I do like to throw the occasional commando roll into the mix. Oh and there is also Indoor Rock Climbing.
- Jungle Gym Indoor Playground
- Laser Combat Arena
- Indoor Rock Climbing Room
8. House of Anvers
The House of Anvers is a ‘real chocolate taste sensation’ and you will not want to must drive past. You can watch the staff making the chocolates, trufles, pralines and fudges and they even have a small Museum of Chocolate (entry is free) – oh and tastings!!!
Belgian breakfasts and light luncheons are served at Anvers Cafe, together with a range of teas and espresso coffees – and chocolate!
After watching chocolate being made at the factory viewing platform, wonder over to the Anvers Shop and take your time to purchase you favourite “guilty” treat!
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9. Kart Magic
Zoom Zoom – Kart Magic is nestled on one side by the industrial estate home to the famous Latrobe Speedway with bushland and farmland on the others.
Their Carts meet the highest standards of performance, reliability and safety. The purpose-built racing circuit has pit lane, fast sweepers tight hairpins and much more.
Kart Magic simply = fun for everyone!
- Open to all from 3 years of age and above
- Enquire about our Tandem Cart
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10. Minigolf Devonport
Being very competitive I really like Mini Golf and this is 18 holes of Golf Fun (fun for me only if I am winning….. oh dear)
Its open 7 days a week (excluding some public holidays). Situated on the banks of the Mersey River, the course is surrounded by native gardens and water features, fun for all ages and groups in a picture perfect setting. The Complex also hosts the licensed Waterfront Cafe for lunch, coffee, snacks and weekend breakfasts.
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