Launnie is a perfectly sized city for kids. A leafy kingdom brimming with adventure. Plenty of places to swing, climb and slide, learn about bridges, boats and bushrangers, dwell in a magical fairy glen, greet a monkey in the park, explore outdoors, see the dinosaurs. One thing is for sure – they’ll sleep well tonight.
City Park. One of the coolest old-world parks in Australia, family favourites include a Macaque Monkey Enclosure, daily train rides, John Hart Conservatory, outdoor play spaces, BBQ and picnic areas. Tamar Street, Launceston.
Riverbend Park. This new all-abilities park on the waterfront has swings, diggers, sandpits, a wheelchair carousel, water play area, musical instruments and two of the largest pieces of play equipment in Australia. 81 Lindsay St, Invermay.
Cataract Gorge Reserve. Wilderness is just a 15minute walk from the city centre. See native wildlife and peacocks and explore the reserve on accessible tracks and (in summer) make a splash in the pool. Basin Road, West Launceston.
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Penny Royal Adventures. Take a (very spooky) bushranger Dark Ride, sail a brig, traverse the clifftop walk, fossick for gems, pan for gold or kick off your shoes for the convict barefoot sensation trail. 1 Bridge Road, Launceston.
Tamar Island Wetland Centre. Wander along the boardwalk to Tamar Island through a sanctuary teeming with plant and animal life. Keep an eye out for turbo chooks Bring a picnic lunch or try nearby Alpenrose Bistro. West Tamar Highway, Riverside.
Hillwood Berries. Show them how their favourite berry snacks are grown and hunt through the patches to find the very best ones on an idyllic second-generation family farm. 105 Hillwood Road, Hillwood.
Not just for a rainy day