Travelling with family? Here are our suggestions for keeping everyone happy.
City Park, Tamar St, Launceston
Start out in Launceston in City Park, a beautiful park established in the 1820's with huge old trees, lush green lawns and a playground for little kids. There’s also the fascinating monkey enclosure (they are actually Macaques from Japan), an art deco conservatory and the Design Tasmania centre.
Drive 40kms from Launceston up the West Tamar Hwy and it might be time for snacks.
Exeter Bakery, Main Road, Exeter - stop here for pies, sausage rolls and a big range of baked goods and killer sandwiches and rolls.
Hooked on Kouklas, Gravelly Beach Rd, Gravelly Beacj - a short drive from the Rose Bay playground, this a fish & chip shop with a Greek twist. BYO bottle of wine from Stoney Rise Wine Company round the corner.
The wharf at Beauty Point is home to 2 family-friendly attractions.
Seahorse World, Beauty Point Wharf - this is not a typical aquarium but a working farm that offers guided tours so you get to see seahorses at all stages of life.
Platypus House, Beauty Point Wharf - Platypuses are amazing animals and you get to see it all here. You get to meet Echidnas too and they almost steal the show with their spiky cuteness.
Mum and Dad might need a wine by this time.
Moores Hill, West Tamar Hwy, Sidmouth - Call in to our cosy cellar door. Send the kids out into the vineyard to find a 4 leaf clover and relax with a cheese platter and a glass of wine.
Holm Oak Vineyards, West Bay Road, Rowella - If you can wrangle the kids to another winery, make it this one. A wine tasting & nibbles for Mum and Dad while the kids feed apples to Pinot the Pig.
More ideas if you have time:
Tamar Wetlands - Just 10 mins drive from Launceston on the West Tamar Hwy. Take a healthy walk through the wetlands to Tamar Island and observe bird life on the river.
Rosevears Waterfront Tavern, Rosevears - This is a top spot for a pub lunch right on the Tamar River.
Hillwood Berry Farm, Hillwood - In Summer this is a family favourite- pick your own strawberries then relax on the deck with a range of berry treats and local wines.
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Beaconsfield - History buffs will enjoy this carefully curated museum that charts the history of the region as well the covering dramatic events of the mine accident in 2006.