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6 meaningful family experiences in Northern Tasmania

Share a meaningful experience with the whole family and learn something new about our local Northern Tasmanian history.

1. Kooparoona Niara Tours

Explore the Deloraine region with Kooparoona Niara Tours and learn about the connection of Aboriginal people to Kooparoona Niara (Great Western Tiers) dating back over 10,000 years. This full service, door to door experience includes a guided walk along the Kooparoona Niara Cultural Trail, a visit to Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary with lunch at Earthwater Café followed by an underground adventure into the Marakoopa Caves before resurfacing above ground and heading to the Alum Cliffs / Tulampanga.

2. QVMAG

Expand your minds with a trip to QVMAG, Australia’s largest regional museum. Head to the Art Gallery at Royal Park to experience Launceston’s leading collection of traditional and contemporary art. Delve into the history of the local Tasmanian Aboriginals at The First Tasmanians: our story exhibit. You’ll be able to view rarely seen original objects and learn about Tasmanian Aboriginal perspectives on climate change, astronomy, stories of creation and much more.

3. Brickendon and Woolmers Estate

Take a step back in time and immerse yourself in Northern Tasmania’s convict history at Brickendon and Woolmers Estate. Explore the World Heritage Listed Colonial Farm Village at Brickendon and see what life was like for the convicts who lived there. You can even book a stay in one of the original convict-built cottages! Over at Woolmers Estate, hop on a guided tour to view the personal collections and possessions of 6 generations worth of the Archer family who settled there or take yourself on a self-guided tour through the grounds, gardens, and outbuildings of the Estate before stopping for a bit of lunch at the on-site restaurant Homage.

4. Tasmanian Wool Centre

For a deep dive into our farming roots, head to Ross for a visit to the Tasmanian Wool Centre. Roam through the interactive museum where you can immerse yourself in the town’s wool story. While you’re in town, stop by the Ross Female Factory, one of only 5 in Tasmania to learn about the female convicts who once lived there and if you’re feeling peckish, the vanilla slice from the Ross Village Bakery will be sure to please (they say it’s the best in the world).

5. Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre

Uncover historical treasures at Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre. The interactive displays depict the history of the gold mining in an interactive way from the historic Gold Rush years through to modern industrial mining and the momentous events of the mine rescue in 2006.

6. Low Head and George Town

Located along the eastern banks of the Tamar River, Low Head Historic Precinct is home to the oldest and longest active Pilot Stations in Australia. Visit the Maritime Museum and discover who the first European setters to arrive in the Tamar Valley back in 1804 were. Other places of interest you can visit on the site include the Low Head Lighthouse or the Foghorn which is still sounded at noon each Sunday. A few minutes drive away in George Town, you can visit the Bass and Flinders Maritime Museum to learn about the explorers who sailed the sloop Norfolk right into the Tamar River in 1798.