TAS School Holidays
Term 1: April 2 – April 19
Term 2: July 4 – July 20
Term 3: September 26 – October 11
Term 4: December 18 – February 2, 2016

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Brighton

Be an angel for the endangered Tasmanian devil and help ensure their survival by supporting their rehabilitation at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary – at Brighton, about half an hour’s drive north of Hobart – is not a zoo and your entry fee will help save injured and orphaned wildlife. Rescued animals are cared for by an army of volunteers before their eventual release back into the wild. Feed the Tassie devils – the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial – during a private night tour, pat a wombat and get up close and personal with quolls, native birds, koalas, lizards, snakes and emus.

Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

Cataract Gorge, Launceston

A wilderness oasis in a distinctly urban setting, Cataract Gorge is a delightful reserve just 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre along the picturesque Tamar River. Here, you’ll find the world’s longest single-span chairlift ferrying visitors across the natural basin of the South Esk River, as well as a suspension bridge, swimming pool, lookouts, walking trails, kids’ playground and barbecue facilities. The grounds are hemmed by natural bushland and feature manicured gardens and rolling green lawns – perfect for a lazy afternoon picnic. Spend an hour or a day soaking up the surroundings, spot peacocks roaming under the trees, and delight in the wallabies that emerge from hiding at dusk.

Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Graham Freeman

Hastings Caves State Reserve, Hastings

If your kids thought their last birthday was a milestone just wait till they venture into Newdegate Cave – a vast network of chambers that started forming 40 million years ago. Explore the subterranean system of stalactites, columns, shawls and stalagmites with a guide and keep your eyes peeled for more than 40 species of little critters that inhabit the cave. Afterwards take a dip in the thermal springs, which are nestled in the forest and a comfortable 28 degrees year round. The reserve is about 100km south of Hobart.

Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

Cadbury Chocolate Factory, Claremont

Go on, you know you want to! Reward the kids for being well behaved on holiday with a trip to Tassie’s own Wonka wonderland. This Tasmanian institution (14km north of Hobart’s CBD) gives you insight into the chocolate-making process, with the opportunity to taste test raw ingredients and buy confectionery at discount prices. You can’t tour the factory floor anymore due to health and safety reasons, but the audio-visual presentation is informative, there are free samples and the retail shop is full of chocolatey goodness. For $4 per person (children free), it’s a good-value outing.

Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Derek Tickner

Shot Tower, Taroona

After all that chocolate it’s time to stretch the legs. And the Taroona Shot Tower (15 minutes’ drive south of Hobart city centre) provides just the right mix of calorie-burning, thigh-quaking exertion to make up for the family’s sweet-tooth indulgence. Climb the 318 wooden steps to the open gallery and enjoy panoramic views across Storm Bay, South Arm and the Derwent River. Built in 1870, the National Trust-classified tower was the tallest structure in Tasmania for more than 100 years and remains the island state’s equal-tallest building. After the climb, head back down to sea level and explore the three sandy beaches, coastal trails and the dramatic Alum Cliffs.

Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy

This information is for reference purposes only. While Stayz makes every effort to provide accurate information, we recommend that you check which public holidays and school holidays apply to you before making any travel plans.

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