Parents, grandparents, cool aunties and fun uncles⁠—if you’re looking for things to do with the kids near Hobart or Launceston, we’ve got you covered. Choose from a great range of family friendly activities along the Heritage Highway. We’ve listed 45 of the best things to do with kids in Tasmania’s Midlands.

1. Enjoy a coffee/babyccino and sweet treats at one of the local bakeries.

2. Take the family camping along the Heritage Highway.

3. Search for treasure at the weekly Evandale Sunday Market and other local markets.

4. Play a game of Skulduggery and try and solve three real crimes committed at Oatlands, Ross and Longford in the 1830s.

5. Cook up a BBQ while the kids burn off some energy at the local parks.

6. Do a self-guided walking tour around the Heritage Highway’s historic towns (pop into the Visitor Information Centres for a map).

7. On hot days, cool off at the local swimming pools (located at Campbell TownCressyRoss, and Oatlands).

8. Follow the shadows of the past along the Heritage Highway Silhouette Trail.

9. Get up close and personal with the local wildlife at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

10. Find a cave and explore the bushwalks at Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary.

11. Walk around Lake Dulverton, check out the cows in the lake and see how many birds you can spot.

12. Follow the delightful Topiary Trail and discover curious leafy creations around Oatlands.

13. Pick up the Oatlands Key and take a self-guided tour of the historic Oatlands Military Precinct.

14. Download the Uist app and explore the incredible augmented reality experiences at the Oatlands Gaol and Supreme Court House.

15. Wander the Callington Mill Historic Site (tours no longer operate, but visitors are welcome to explore on foot).

16. Have a go at learning a heritage trade at the Callington Mill Blacksmith’s Forge. Come and Try Sessions are on every fortnight on Sunday afternoons.

17. Learn about the district’s rich and colourful heritage and research your family history at the Oatlands District Historical Society’s Museum.

18. Enjoy something sweet or savoury at the Oatlands Pancake & Crepe Shop.

19. Walk the Jordan River Trail (4.5 km / under 2 hours) at Pontville.

20. Find The Blue Place (aka the old Presbyterian Church) at Kempton and take advantage of the photo opp.

21. Make magical family memories on a bucket-list Liberty Balloon Flight over the Northern Midlands (for kids aged 6+).

22. Visit the Tasmanian Wool Centre & Museum at Ross (they host Learn to Knit Workshops and other special events in the holidays).

23. Pop into the special red phone box at Ross and Dial-a-Local to hear stories of days gone by in the village.

24. Learn about Tasmania’s female convicts at the Ross Female Factory Historic Site.

25. Watch Kiki’s Delivery Service then visit the Ross Village Bakery, the inspiration behind the beloved anime movie (some people even dress in character).

26. Try and decipher the intricate convict carvings on the Ross Bridge (c. 1836).

27. Picnic by the historic Red Bridge at Campbell Town (watch out for friendly ducks).

28. Walk the Convict Brick Trail at Campbell Town.

29. Find the perfect book at The Book Cellar, a treasure trove located in the convict cellars under a historic coaching inn (c. 1830s) at Campbell Town.

30. Visit the Australian Fly Fishing Museum at Clarendon Estate, then go fishing at Lake Leake or Cressy.

31. Stop in at Avoca Berry Delights, aka ‘The Cow Shed’, for berrylicious ice cream and other sweet treats.

32. Check out the informative displays at the Avoca Museum and Information Centre, including the current ‘Sporting History of the Avoca District’ exhibition.

33. Enjoy a getaway to Poatina Village and explore the Labyrinth.

34. Learn about life on a rural colonial farm (and meet the animals) at Brickendon and Woolmers Estates.

35. Discover the Kompan playground at the Longford Village Green, with electronic gaming incorporated into the equipment.

36. Cyclists, enjoy a ride around the Longford Velodrome.

37. Take your gnarly dudes and dudettes to the Longford Skate Park.

38. Retrace the former Grand Prix Route at Longford (pick up a map from the Visitor Centre).

39. Visit Pure Foods Egg Farm at Longford and find out where your eggs come from on The Pure Tour.

40. Relax by the South Esk River in Longford, Perth or Evandale.

41. Channel your inner Pooh Bear at Perth with a visit to the Tasmanian Honey Company (free tastings).

42. Rev heads, check out upcoming family friendly events at the Symmons Plains Raceway.

44. Take your little foodies to the Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company near Evandale for free tastings, cooking demos, a garden tour, gourmet barbecues and Devonshire tea.

44. Enjoy a hard-earned pub squash with live music in the beer garden every Sunday at the Clarendon Arms, a family British-style pub at Evandale.

45. Go skiing or snowboarding in the Ben Lomond National Park (ski season is generally early July to late September).


Please check opening times and details with the individual businesses mentioned. For tips from the friendly locals and help with bookings, pop into the region’s Visitor Information Centres. To see upcoming events, check out our Events Calendar.

We love it when you share your adventures with us! Tag @midlandstasmania and use #MidlandsTasmania or #HeritageHighway and we’ll share our favourite photos on InstagramFacebook, and in our Blog.


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Header image:
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary | @scottlan/Instagram

Words:
Isabel Galloway