School holiday activities in Hobart for 2021

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

Good thing we've done the hard yards for you and compiled a list of fun things to do in your local area, at home and fun road trips that are sure to be a hit.


Outdoor activities to do in Hobart over the school holidays

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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Port Arthur Tour and Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park Tour
Port Arthur Tour and Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park Tour

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Admission to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Admission to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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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.

Climb or cycle a mountain

Heed the call of the Tasmanian wilderness and pull your hiking boots or bikes out of storage 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.

Tahune Adventures with Airwalk Admission
Tahune Adventures with Airwalk Admission

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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.

Tasman National Park 4x4 ATV Adventure Tour
Tasman National Park 4x4 ATV Adventure Tour

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

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

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Enjoy outdoor activities with friends

It's important to make sure the kids don't stay cooped up indoors during the school holidays. Here are a couple of activities they'll love to enjoy with their friends.

Cruise off the coast of Hobart

Discover the many islands just 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

Sharpen their minds at online camp

Learn the basics of artificial intelligence, how to build a website or make an animated story . There's something for every child to learn during these school holidays, just because school's out doesn't mean that education has to stop.

Get creative in the kitchen

If your little ones love to get their hands dirty, get them in the kitchen with you to cook or bake something delicious. A step-by-step online tutorial lets the little ones follow along and join in on the process.

Asian Cooking Course for Kids and Teens
Asian Cooking Course for Kids and Teens

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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.

Brush up their business skills

Have a kid with big ideas but who needs help articulating them? Check out these KidCampus holiday programs that will teach them the basics of starting a business or develop their public speaking skills.

Learn circus and drama skills

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

Have a crack at coding

Set them up with their device and a steady Internet connection and off they go into the world of code. Instructors will guide them through the basic applications of code using specially designed programs to teach code to kids.

Enjoy paper crafts

These traditional Japanese paper arts are the perfect school holiday activity to keep the kids entertained for hours. Order your craft box and get started.

Learn about robotics

It's good to keep the kids occupied with a range of activities in the school holidays. Once they've gotten some fresh air and spent some time being creative they might like to get stuck into something more challenging like a robotics program.

Paint with your friends

If you want a no fuss (we can't promise no mess) school holiday activity look no further than one of these painting activities. 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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Have a go at face painting

Make their face the canvas. Get together with some friends these holidays and you can make a real occasion out of it.


Road trips you can take from Hobart

For more road trip inspiration, check out our complete guides on Tasmanian family getaways and the top scenic road trips across the state. 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, 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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Mt. Wellington, Huon Valley and Tahune AirWalk Tour
Mt. Wellington, Huon Valley and Tahune AirWalk Tour

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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 into 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 abilities 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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When are the 2021–2022 school holidays in Hobart?

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Term 1 school holidays2 April to 20 April 2021
Term 2 school holidays3 July to 19 July 2021
Term 3 school holidays25 September to 10 October 2021
Term 4 school holidaysFrom 17 December 2021

Free school holiday activities in Hobart

  • Take a walk through the beautiful Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
  • Go bird watching at The Waterworks Reserve.
  • Get arty at the Salamanca Arts Centre, which has stacks of free exhibitions.
  • Take in the sights of the city by cycling along Franklin Wharf.
  • Fuel the kids' curiosity by visiting 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

  • School holiday programs with Libraries Tasmania. 27, 28, 30 September, 1, 4, 5, 8 October. Your little ones are sure to love themed storytime, or they might enjoy a LEGO challenge or movie time.
  • A Not So Traditional Story. 7-9 October. Featuring masks, shadow puppets and physical theatre to tell a story, this production at the Theatre Royal will engage the kids and adults alike, telling an important story about cultural identity.

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Frequently asked questions

What should I keep in mind regarding COVID-19 when going out during the school holidays?

Just remember, wherever you go, good hygiene practices and physical distancing protocols should be maintained to keep you and your family safe.

Are all attractions in Hobart open?

You can now enjoy almost everything Hobart has to offer. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Zoodoo Zoo, Salamanca Markets, Mawson's Huts Replica Museum and the Salamanca Arts Centre are up and running again. However, MONA, the Maritime Museum of Tasmania and the Hobart Convict Penitentiary remain closed for the time being.

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