Planning your next Family Vacation to Hobart

Having older kids, I know all too well how fast time flies! One day you are looking down at a brand new baby in your arms and the next you are wishing them luck as they venture out into the world on their own as an adult. It is never easy having your children leave the nest but you need to have faith in your parenting abilities and hope you gave them the skills they need to make it on their own.

Since I am trying to slow down time and preserve as many memories as I can, I have started planning an epic family vacation. The details are all still pretty fresh as are the destinations, though I am hoping we can make it work sometime next year.

On the top of our list for family travel destinations is Australia. Earlier this year I had the pleasure of talking to a few folks from Australia and they gave me quite a few travel tips. Turns out the seasons in Australia are opposite from ours and we actually get a lot of snow lovers here in our winter months. Australia has always been a place I have wanted to visit ever since my surfing obsession as a teen. Yes, the flights are a bit long but the adventure would be well worth the time spent flying. Of course we would have to spend at least a month there as well to get in all of the sights.

Adjusting to the time change won’t be an issue if we spend more than a few weeks as well. My kids have always been fascinated with the wildlife in Australia and would love to check it out. I myself would like to hang at the beach and in the city. It will be a challenge juggling all of my family’s needs and interests but I am certain we can make it work!

As many know, Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal. Its capital, Canberra, is inland. But there are also other unique cities to visit while there. The country is known for the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Great Barrier Reef, a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback, and unique animal species like kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.

One place we are looking to visit while travelling is Hobart. Hobart, capital of Australia’s island state Tasmania, sits on the River Derwent. At its fashionable Salamanca Place, old sandstone warehouses host galleries and cafes. Nearby is Battery Point, a historic district with narrow lanes and colonial-era cottages. The city’s backdrop is 1,270m-high Mount Wellington, with sweeping views, plus hiking and cycling trails. Hobart combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty. It’s no wonder some travel authorities have called Hobart one of the top ten spots to visit in the world right now.

 

While planning our trip we will have to juggle life at home. Take time off of work and get someone to watch over our animals. Budgeting is necessary but all experience travellers have become accustomed to this when preparing for their next big trip. The most important essentials to budget for are food, travel and accommodation.

We came across the perfect Hobart hotel after countless hours researching the area and all our options. When looking for a place to stay the family loves having a pool onsite as well as a restaurant. The indoor pool is fantastic all year round, especially in the winter months when Hobart can get really low temperatures. That way when we want to have a laid back day or the weather is not favourable, we can just stay close by.

Hobart is located at the entrance to the Derwent River, its well-preserved surrounding bushland reaches close to the city centre and beaches line the shores of the river and estuary beyond.

Planning a vacation for more than a week is tough for me. I normal travel with carry-on only and feel I will need more than one bag with me. Luckily the ibis Styles Hobart hotel offers laundry service for all guests, nobody wants to fly home with dirty laundry in their bags!

Now all that’s left to figure out is what is the best time of year to visit. The family needs to pack accordingly for the weather and check the events calendar for all upcoming events. It would be a shame to miss any huge day held in Hobart while we were there.

 

While planning our trip we will have to juggle life at home. Take time off of work and get someone to watch over our animals. Budgeting is also going to take come juggling as we will need money for food, travel and accommodation. To find the perfect Hobart hotel we have went online and started researching the area. When looking for a place to stay the family loves having a pool onsite as well as a restaurant. That way when we want to have a laid back day or the weather is not favourable, we can just stay close by.

Located at the entrance to the Derwent River, its well-preserved surrounding bushland reaches close to the city centre and beaches line the shores of the river and estuary beyond.

Planning a vacation for more than a week is tough for me. I normal travel with carry-on only and feel I will need more than one bag with me. We will have to check to see if the hotels have laundry service available as well. Nobody wants to fly home with dirty laundry in their bags!

Now we just need to figure out which time of year is best to visit. We need to pack accordingly for the weather and check the events calendars so we do not miss out on anything fun going on while we are there.

 

Tasmania has a selection of award-winning restaurants, offering fine dining experiences using the best local produce. Hobart has been recognized by the world’s best chefs for delivering magnificent seafood experience. Waterfront punts and fishmongers sell the freshest seafood straight from the Southern Ocean. You can’t beat fresh fish off the boat!

For a bit more fun, enjoy the contrast of elegant heritage sandstone alongside modern architecture. Explore Salamanca Place, a short walk from the waterfront, with galleries, theatres, craft shops and restaurants. On Saturdays enjoy the food and entertainment of the Salamanca Market, Australia’s most vibrant and loved outdoor market.

As much as I love to dine out, it is not always in the budget. We plan a lot of our meals and enjoy shopping like a local at the markets for fresh local produce for dinner. Eating what is in season is a great way to stay on budget and shopping the market is a fun way to chat with those who live in the area.

It’s really funny seeing Australia in the movies you think it is just surfing and the outback. But there is so much history and culture along with ever changing landscapes to explore.

I still have lots of research to do and am expecting great feedback from the family. It will take some time to plan but I know it will all be worth it and that Hobart will be an incredible experience. Our vacation will be a great opportunity for the family to spend more time together.

Do you have any tips for travelling to Australia?

 

 

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