Historical Attractions in Tasmania with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Tasmania!)

Tasmania is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in The Emerald Isle  that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Tasmania’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Tasmania when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Coal Mines Historic Site

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    Saltwater River

    An incredible experience among the ruins of Tasmania's first operational mine, with FREE entry!

  • Port Arthur Historic Site

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    Port Arthur

    An unforgettable experience in one of the most historically important convict sites in Tasmania. 2 day admission with tours, prisons, and nature.

  • Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

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    South Hobart

    One of Australia's most significant historic sites relating to female convicts. A look through history at this unique prison in Tasmania.

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  • Tasmania Zoo

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    Launceston

    Animal-tastic fun with 900 acres of private native bushland which is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in Tasmania! Only 18km from Launceston.

  • Seahorse World

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    Beauty Point

    Seahorse World gives kids and their families a unique educational tour experience through their fascinating aquarium dedicated to the breeding, education and conservation of the seahorse!

  • ZooDoo Wildlife Park

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    Richmond

    An exciting hands-on wildlife park in Richmond, Tasmania with a large range of native, agricultural and exotic animals including Bengal tigers and rare white African lions!

  • Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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    Brighton

    Explore a sanctuary just for the wildlife of Tasmania, where kids can have some truly special wildlife encounters close to Hobart!

  • Launceston City Ghost Tours

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    Launceston

    Spooky yet fascinating 90 minute tours that will introduce you to Launceston's OTHER residents....BOO!

  • Port Arthur Ghost Tours

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    Port Arthur

    Discover a whole new kind of Port Arthur residents by lantern light as you take on these fascinating and spooky ghost tours!

  • KidzBizzzz

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    Kingston

    A fun and colourful multi-level fully padded indoor play centre for kids with a 2 lane astro slide, superslide, flying fox, crawl tubes and large ball pit, plus a separate fully enclosed toddler soft ...

  • Kids Paradise

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    Launceston

    Includes their Under 5s Room, Jungle Play Maze, Interactive Play Rooms, Inflatables, The Bike Track and skate karts, jumping castle and more.

  • Woodys Skate and Play

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    Glenorchy

    Skate rink welcomes, and hires out, inline and quad skating, scooters and even Toddler Ride on Buggies! Plus their huge multi level multi color adventure playframe.

  • Maritime Museum of Tasmania

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    Hobart

    Take the kids through a maritime journey where they can explore the influence of the sea on the lives of Tasmanians, and the strong maritime heritage of the islands. They can also enjoy the ...

  • National Automobile Museum of Tasmania

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    Launceston

    Kids who love engines, cars and motorbikes will have a great time with four sensational theme displays, as well as constantly changing exhibits in the main hall and a mezzanine floor packed with ...

  • Queen Victoria Museum

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    Launceston

    Social and Natural Science history collections, plus interactive science play zone, planetarium and more.

  • Queen Victoria Art Gallery

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    Launceston

    Extensive fine, colonial and decorative arts collections to explore with the family, within a 120 old building. Free guided tours.

  • Wonders of Wynyard

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    Wynard

    Home to a significant collection of vintage motors including one of two Model A Fords in existence. Plus local and national art and a visitor centre.

  • The Wilderness Gallery

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    Cradle Mountain

    a uniquely beautiful day trip with ten rooms of outstanding wildlife photography inherently appealing to children plus multimedia displays.

  • Chauncey Vale

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    Bagdad

    Great for tiny explorers, several safe caves to discover and fairly gentle surroundings.

  • Cataract Gorge and First Basin Chairlift

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    West Launceston

    Get out into the Tasmanian nature with walking and hiking trails, the WORLD longest single span chairlift, tons of wildlife, a swimming pool, beautiful gardens and panoramic lookouts with incredible ...

  • Freycinet National Park

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    Freycinet

    This stunning Tasmanian National Park is perfect for enjoying the great outdoors. Beach strolls, swimming, wildlife spotting, snorkelling, super fun rock pools and diving are all waiting for you!

  • Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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    Hobart

    Gardens adventures in these beautiful botanical gardens, with colorful collections, and fun attractions for the kids. Green fun in Hobart!

  • Hastings Caves State Reserve

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    Hastings

    Incredible natural experiences, from thermal springs to rich forests and the Newdegate Cave.

  • Flinders Island Adventures

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    Flinders Island

    Beautiful island fun with fishing, beaches, cruises, snorkelling and amazing marine wildlife! Flinders Islands are a unique destination just a short flight from Melbourne of Launceston.

  • Hollybank Treetops Adventure

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    Underwood

    Visitors fly or glide across the treetops in this award winning and unique forest experience, gaining a bird's-eye view of Tasmania's beautiful forests.

  • Glenorchy Ice Skating Rink

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    Glenorchy

    Public open skate sessions are regularly available, with some speciality sessions set aside and lessons available in several skate types. Skating support frames are available for hire, and a sled is ...

  • Zone 3 Laser Games

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    Waverley

    Bruise-less, mess-less combat games played in glow in the dark, atmospheric arenas: with friends, against family, or everybody versus everybody!

  • West Coast Wilderness Railway

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    Queenstown

    Go back in time to where men laboured through treacherous landscapes to forge a railway link between mining towns. Kids will be thrilled as it climbs through sheer sided rainforested gorges.

  • Gordon River Cruises

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    Strahan

    Scenic river trip with informative historical commentary and buffet lunch.

  • Tamar River Cruises

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    Launceston

    Offering several tours suitable for families from 50 mins to 2.5hrs in length, from a multi award winning silent running 1890s vessel.

  • Putters Adventure Golf

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    Moonah

    Indoor and outdoor 18 hole putting courses where the whole family can play. Kids will love the fun and tasteful little obstacles and challenges along the way!

  • Old Hobart Town Model Village

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    Richmond

    This multi award winning authentic model village has been reconstructed from original plans and it gives a unique glimpse into the tough life of Australia’s convict past.

  • Hillwood Strawberry Farm

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    Hillwood

    Indoor and outdoor play areas with multi level climbing mazes, slides and other classic features.

  • Pandemonium

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    Devonport

    Indoor climbing, laser tag, interactive Imaginarium science lab, and big indoor play area.

  • Richmond Maze and Tea Room

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    Richmond

    Have a healthy active stomp around two individual mazes with challenges.