Our itinerary basically went in an anti-clockwise direction from Launceston, but of course whether you start in Launceston or Hobart really doesn't matter. The posts I link to throughout this one sum up the best sightseeing activities that we found for an almost two-year-old and his nature-loving parents, but of course many are suitable for anyone. A place I haven't mentioned so far is the Melita Honey Farm, a handy halfway stopping point between Launceston and Cradle Mountain. It's a business, in the sense that you can buy an amazing number of different honey products (and taste plenty, too - yum!), but it also has a small museum and a cleverly-built bee hive where you can see the bees busy at work.
|Melita Honey Farm|
|Cruising the Gordon River, Tasmania|
After stopping at Hobart for a night, we then moved down to the Tasman Peninsula where we explored both amazing natural formations like the Tessellated Pavement and the historic site of Port Arthur - all great with a small child, though the runaway highlight was the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park. From the Tasman Peninsula we drove up the centre of the island back to Launceston, ready to fly back to Perth.
The other big tip I have for travelling to Tasmania with children would be to carefully consider what kind of accommodation will suit your family. Although we'd initially considered hiring a campervan (like we did in South Australia a couple of years ago - pre-toddler!), the costs of hiring one that was large enough to be equipped with a children's car seat meant that we looked to self-contained cabins instead, and we were very glad we did. We stayed in some magnificent cabins and apartments, mostly within campsites, and loved it. They had plenty of space for the small boy to run around, and were often stand-alone so no neighbours needed to listen to him if he woke up crying at midnight. Our favourite accommodation turned out to be in the quiet town of Bronte Park - it was a full house, and full equipped, right down to DVDs and CDs, more kitchen equipment than I own at home, and our own garden - and importantly, a great window where our son loved putting his toys up to look out!
Tassie's a fantastic place for a family holiday, with plenty to see and short distances to drive (compared to the rest of Australia, at least!), and the only complaint I would have to make is the weather! We were there in late spring but we still had enough bad weather to several limit several of our plans, since we were focusing on lots of outdoor activities. So, I'd say without hesitation, do go to Tasmania - but take your raincoat!
If you want to follow our whole Tassie trip, these posts follow our itinerary: