School holiday activities in Hobart for September/October 2020
Entertain your kids on a budget with these things to do in Hobart during the school 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.
What's in this guide?
- Outdoor activities to do in Hobart over the September/October school holidays
- At-home things to do in Hobart over the September/October school holidays
- Road trips you can take from Hobart
- Huon Valley
- Bruny Island
- Tasman National Park
- Free school holiday activities in Hobart
- School holiday events in Hobart
- Free activities and special events during the school holidays in Hobart
- See the latest school holiday activity deals in Hobart
- Frequently asked questions
Outdoor activities to do in Hobart over the September/October school holidays
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.
Yacht Cruise on the Derwent River
Iron Pot and Betsey Island Cruise
Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise
Fly above Hobart
Feel on top of the world with a scenic flight over the city.
Hobart City Scenic Seaplane Flight
Southwest National Park Tour
Hobart Scenic Flight
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.
Half-Day Mount Wellington and Tahune AirWalk Shore Excursion
Tahune Adventures with Airwalk Admission
Mt Wellington Explorer Bus Tour
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
Mt Field, Mt Wellington and Bonorong Wildlife Park Tour
Mt Wellington Cycling Tour
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
Port Arthur Tour and Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park Tour
Admission to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
At-home things to do in Hobart over the September/October school holidays
Crack open the arts and crafts at home
Painting, mosaicing, flower crown making and clay moulding. You name it and there's a kit, a virtual workshop or a book that'll get their imagination going.
Arts and Crafts Kits
Clay Moulding Kits
Drawing and Colouring
Go to the movies – in your house
Pop those kernels, grab those blankets and spend the night on the couch catching up on the latest family flicks. Disney+, Netflix and BINGE are a few streaming services with vast libraries of G+ rated shows and movies.
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. Make them part of the decision process by asking them to choose a cake mix at the supermarket or a recipe from a kids cookbook.
Baking kits and ingredients
Get your kids cooking Focaccia
Have fun with brain-busting games
Challenging activities such as massive LEGO builds and jigsaw puzzles can leave them entranced for hours.
Road trips you can take from Hobart
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.
Tahune Adventures with Airwalk Admission
Mt. Wellington, Huon Valley and Tahune AirWalk Tour
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
Bruny Island Food, Sightseeing and Exclusive Lighthouse Tour
Bruny Island Cruise
Tasman National Park
Distance from Hobart: 1 and a half hours 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 by local towns, lookouts and the Federation Chocolate Factory. Note: Port Arthur reopens on 3 July.
Grand Port Arthur Day Tour
Tasman National Park 4x4 ATV Adventure Tour
Tasman Island Nature Cruise
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
School holiday events in Hobart
- Feeding time at Bonorong. Enter the animals' world and hand-feed these weird and wonderful creatures including eastern quolls, sugar gliders, tawny frogmouths and even Tasmanian devils.
- Hobart Twilight Market at Sandy Bay. As the sun dips toward the horizon unwind with the family at the markets. There's food, drink, local crafts and live music to keep all entertained. Early October.
- School Holiday Workshops with Bricks 4 Kidz. Let your child's creativity run free in this series of block-building workshops. Themed days can include Superhero Academy, Mining and Crafting and a junior robotics one for the older kids. 28 - 30 September 2020.
- Fairytale Theatre. Make them the star of the show as they learn and perform famous fairytales from Alice in Wonderland to Puss in Boots at Fairytale Theatre. 29 September - 8 October 2020.
See the latest school holiday activity deals in Hobart
Extra $10 off site-wide with code
Valid on all dates, including over Christmas, on activities like skydiving, quad biking, bridge climbing, canyoning, hot air ballooning, helicopter scenic flights, abseiling, scuba diving, cruises, high tea and more. Destinations include Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and more. Minimum spend of $80 required. T&Cs apply.
Up to 75% off Australia activities + an extra up to 30% off with code
Available on select dates and activities like spas, skydiving, hot air balloon flights, tours, whale watching, skywalks, classes, high tea experiences and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and more. Maximum discount of $40. T&Cs apply.
Up to 85% off domestic activities
Available on select dates for activities including skydiving, hot air balloon flights, quad biking, scuba diving, whale watching, bridge climbing, high tea and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.
Extra 10% off Australia activities with code
Valid on all dates on activities like skydiving, bridge climbing, canyoning, hot air ballooning, helicopter scenic flights, abseiling, cruises, tours, high tea and more. Minimum spend of $100 applies. Destinations include Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 40% off things to do in Australia
Available on select dates and activities such as Sydney attractions tickets, SEA LIFE Aquarium Sydney, Sydney Harbour Bridge climb and more. T&Cs apply.
Frequently asked questions
What should I keep in mind with COVID 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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