Planning your Trip
Congratulations! You’re one step closer to an epic Tassie Holiday!!
Obviously you’re after some info on what’s what when it come to touring Tasmania with the kids, and we’ve got that covered. We’ve also included some of the info you may not of thought of. Like the best place for a decent coffee when you get off the Spirit of Tasmania, or where to let the kids stretch their legs after a long flight down Fromm queensland. We have kids too, we know what it’s like!
Check out our list below, and if you have any questions or want to know more about an area or activity we are only a text, call or email away!
Tassie’s weather. When to travel?
Remember eating chocolate covered Clinkers as a kid, hoping that the colour you chose would be inside? Well, Tassie’s weather is a bit like a mixed back of Clinkers. You never really know what you’re going to get.
It doesn’t matter on the time of year your planning the trip. Even the wildest of weather makes our landscapes a crazy beautiful. Factor into your decision what you’re keen to do, and see. If Beach loving is your thing, then summers for you. If it’s Wilderness and raw beauty then the heart of winter never disappoints. Then there’s spring and autumn; both amazing in their own rights.
But, If you really need it broken down because you can’t quite make up your mind...
Tassie has awesome summers. Warm and inviting, perfect for longs days spent at the beach. Explore the East Coast or wild southern coastlines. Enjoy seafood delights in the north west and let the kids run for miles along the beaches of the Wild West. An afternoon by the historic Hobart waterfront exploring the maritime history is a must, so is eating locally caught fish and chips!
Wild, wet and often white, experiencing a Tasmanian winter is like stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia. The contrast is unbelievable unless you’ve seen it for yourself. The rains make for the best experience at Cradle Mountain; drops glisten on magical ferns and mist sweeps through snow-capped valleys over tannin-rich rivers. It's the perfect photo opportunity: pack a red or yellow jacket for the kids and send them out into the mist following behind with your camera (totally instaworthy!). Hey
The Shoulder seasons offers cool mornings and warm days. Its a magical time for travelling through the wilderness, going on hikes or exploring our nature parks to say hello to the young wildlife that's just been born. For more details on travelling in Tasmania through the seasons, check out this article.
What to pack?
The time of year doesn't impact too greatly on what you should put in your luggage. If you use these as the basis, you can work around the rest dependent on the season and predicted temperatures.
- Good walking shoes
- Rain coat
- Backpack as your carry on luggage
- Keep cup
- Drink bottle
For a more detailed list of what to pack when visiting Tasmania, check out this article: What To Pack For A Family Trip In Tassie.
Where should we go first?
That’s a tough one. With so much to do and see, this really depends on how long you have and how old your kids are.
A good rule to stick by when planning is having stopovers for two or three nights. Also, factor in the drive time for the age of your kids. If you’ve got little ones you’ll need more toilet and play stops. Older kids- Wi-Fi is a must choose the shortest route and you’ll have less attitude to contend with because of the lack of network!
There are only three main areas for arriving in Tassie: Launceston or Hobart airports, or into Devonport via the Spirit of Tasmania. Qantas has recently introduced flights into Devonport and Sharp Airlines flies rom Essendon via King Island to Wynyard just out of Burnie. Chances are you’ll be arriving in one of the three main arrival locations.
If you’ve come to the north, try the northwest first, or the opposite direction towards the North East. This way you can do a big lap if you have time, finishing where you started.
If you’ve landed in the south you can go South east or west for the big lap, or down into the far south, returning into Hobart before you head off to other regions.
If you arrive on a weekend there are markets everywhere, and during the week you’ll have ample access to all the hotspots whilst the locals are at work. Winning!
For more detailed info on destinations click here!
Time poor and want someone to plan your holiday?
With over a decade of experience developing tours and itineraries, we know what families need and understand.
As parents ourselves, we've learnt that we just don't have the means or the energy to dash around Tasmania in three days. Kids need toilet breaks, are hungry all the time, become easily bored and we all know that a three hour drive is really more like five hours, with kids!
We can help you plan your whole trip from start to finish. Check out our bespoke itinerary packages, inclusive of bookings, here.
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