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School holiday activities in Hobart for 2022

Entertain your kids on a budget with these things to do in Hobart during the winter holiday break.

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School's out, and you know what that means: The kids have time to spare and you have days to fill with activities.

We've done the hard yards for you and compiled a list of fun things to do in and around Hobart that are sure to be a hit. You can thank us later.

Outdoor activities to do in Hobart over the school holidays

Walk the streets of Hobart

Be a tourist in town on a guided walk around Hobart or Port Arthur as you're regaled with stories of convicts and smugglers. If your little one gets tired easily, hop onto the tourist bus instead.

Port Arthur and Tasman Peninsula Tour - Full Day
Port Arthur and Tasman Peninsula Tour - Full Day

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Have a wildlife encounter

Hobart is surrounded by natural landscapes where native wildlife appears around every corner. Make a day of exploring your local habitat or book the kids in for a feeding tour at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Night Feeding Tour
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Night Feeding Tour

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Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Zoodoo Zoo Tour
Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Zoodoo Zoo Tour

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Admission to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Admission to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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Go horse riding

Take horse riding beyond lessons and book them in for a guided ride along the beach or a bush track.

Fly above Hobart

Feel on top of the world with a scenic flight over the city. No doubt it will be the highlight of the school holidays.

Port Arthur and Three Capes Seaplane Flight
Port Arthur and Three Capes Seaplane Flight

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Climb or cycle a mountain

Heed the call of the Tasmanian wilderness and pull out your hiking boots or bikes for an outdoor adventure. Stay local and climb or cycle Mount Wellington or Mount Nelson. For younger families, you can take a bus to the top and hike down.

Mt Field, Mt Wellington and Bonorong Wildlife Park Tour
Mt Field, Mt Wellington and Bonorong Wildlife Park Tour

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Explore your local national park

You don't have to venture far before you arrive at a national park where you can walk, hike and learn about native flora and fauna. Mount Field National Park, Mount Wellington, Hartz Mountains National Park and Tasman National Park are all doable as day trips.

Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay Tour
Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay Tour

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Enjoy outdoor activities with friends

Don't let the kids stay cooped up indoors during the school holidays. These activities will get them out (and away from their screens).

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Feeding Tour
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Feeding Tour

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Cruise off the coast of Hobart

Discover the many islands that sit a short cruise away from Hobart. Try Iron Pot, home to Tasmania's oldest lighthouse, and Betsey Island, where gulls, cormorants and white-bellied sea eagles flock. Or simply cruise down the Derwent on a sunny day.

At-home things to do in Hobart over the school holidays

Crack open the arts and crafts at home

Picture frame, puppet, felt toy making – you name it and there's a kit for it. Let their imagination run free.

Learn circus and drama skills

Whether it's juggling, writing a play or performing, your child will have a ball with these classes.

Make paper crafts

Paper arts are the perfect school holiday activity to keep the kids entertained. Order your box and get started.

Acrylic Paint Pouring Workshop for Kids (5+ Years)
Acrylic Paint Pouring Workshop for Kids (5+ Years)

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Paint with your friends

If you want a no fuss (we can't promise no mess) school holiday activity look no further than a painting activity. An instructor will guide your child through the creation of their very own masterpiece. Perfect for hanging in the play room or study.

Dreamtime Stories and Painting for Kids
Dreamtime Stories and Painting for Kids

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Road trips you can take from Hobart

For more road trip inspiration, check out our Tasmanian family getaways and top Tasmania road trips guides. Remember to check the latest travel restrictions before heading out.

Huon Valley

Distance from Hobart: 40 minutes by car to Huonville or 1 hour by bus.

Small towns, roadside stalls, caves and forests where you can walk above the canopy. They all await you on a trip to Huon Valley. Pick a sunny day or weekend for some fresh air and adventure.

Hastings Caves, Thermal Springs + Airwalk Tour
Hastings Caves, Thermal Springs + Airwalk Tour

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Tahune Adventures with Airwalk Admission
Tahune Adventures with Airwalk Admission

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Huon Valley and Tahune Airwalk Active Day Trip Including Hastings Caves
Huon Valley and Tahune Airwalk Active Day Trip Including Hastings Caves

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Bruny Island

Distance from Hobart: A 40-minute drive and a 20-minute ferry ride. Public buses are also available to the Kettering ferry port.

Known for its natural beauty and native wildlife, Bruny Island is a relaxing escape for families large and small. Choose from bushwalks and coastal walks or tuck in to the island's produce which includes cheese, oysters, fudge and berries.

Gourmet Day Tour in Bruny Island with Lunch
Gourmet Day Tour in Bruny Island with Lunch

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Bruny Island Food, Sightseeing and Lighthouse Tour
Bruny Island Food, Sightseeing and Lighthouse Tour

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Tasman National Park

Distance from Hobart: 1 hour, 30 minutes by car or 1 hour, 45 minutes by bus.

Iconic coastal scenery, bushwalks for all levels and historic sites – the Tasman National Park has it all. It's a bit of a drive, but you can break it up by stopping at local towns, lookouts and the Federation Chocolate Factory.

Tasman Island Day Trip Cruise with Tasmanian Devil Park
Tasman Island Day Trip Cruise with Tasmanian Devil Park

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Tasman Island Day Trip Cruise with Tasmanian Devil Park
Tasman Island Day Trip Cruise with Tasmanian Devil Park

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When are the 2022–2023 school holidays in Hobart?

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Term 1 school holidays14 April – 1 May April 2022
Term 2 school holidays9 July – 25 July 2022
Term 3 school holidays1 October – 16 October 2022
Term 4 school holidays22 December 2022 – 7 February 2023

Free school holiday activities in Hobart

  • Walk through the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
  • Bird watch at The Waterworks Reserve.
  • Get arty at the Salamanca Arts Centre, which has stacks of free exhibitions.
  • Cycle Franklin Wharf.
  • Fuel the kids' curiosity at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Need more ideas? Check out our 50 free activities to keep the kids busy these school holidays.

School holiday events in Hobart in July

  • Harlem Globetrotters Spread Game Tour @ MyState Bank Arena: 11 July 2022. Catch the famous globetrotters as they make the impossible shots possible on the court. Book tickets here.
  • July Fairytale Theatre "Filmed" Holiday Workshops @ ExitLeft Hobart CBD Studio: 12-21 July 2022. Book your budding performers in to a day-long workshop where they'll rehearse, stage and film their version of Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk or Rapunzel. Suitable for ages 6-12 years old.
  • Festival of Voices @ various locations: 1-10 July 2022. This winter music festival is a celebration of songs featuring everything from pop acts and classic chorals to song trivia nights and music workshops.
  • Erth's Prehistoric World @ Theatre Royal: 19-20 July 2022. Prehistoric creatures from marine reptiles to larger-than-life dinosaurs come to life on the big stage at the Theatre Royal. Be amazed.
  • Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival 2022: 15 July 2022. Dress the family up for a medieval fair to celebrate the winter. There will be music, a costume competition, storytellers and more.
  • Circus The Show @ Theatre Royal: 23 July 2022. The circus has come to Hobart these holidays bringing with it all your favourite acts including acrobats, clowns, jugglers and illusionists.
  • The Long Way Home @ Salamanca Arts Centre: 1-30 July 2022. Artist Alyce Bailey's The Long Way Home exhibition runs throughout the month capturing the essence of home, acceptance and peace.

See the latest school holiday activity deals in Hobart

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Tasmania: Glass paperweights making from $170

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Up to 10% off Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur day tours

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Bus tours in Mt Wellington from $35

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Hobart: Traditional tea + sparkling wine for 2 from $116

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Full-day Port Arthur tour from $99

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Hobart: 2-hour kayak tour for $100

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Mt Field, Mt Wellington, Bonorong and Richmond day tour from $115

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Frequently asked questions

Are all attractions in Hobart open?

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, MONA, the Maritime Museum of Tasmania, Zoodoo Zoo, Salamanca Markets, Mawson's Huts Replica Museum and the Salamanca Arts Centre are up and running again.

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