Baby in ball pitI KNOW that it’s about time I started promoting Tasmania a little more and what to do with your kids while in this beautiful state. Sure, we have big things – the Big Penguin at… Penguin, the Big Apple at Spreyton, the Big Coffee Pot at Deloraine, the Big Platypus at Latrobe, the Big Spud at Sassafras (more interesting than it sounds) and the Big Tasmanian Devil at Mole Creek (well, we are Tasmanian). There are, however, no Big Two-Headed People. Sorry to disappoint you.

However, there’s much more to this State. I’ve had an idea for about six months to do a tourism-related series targeted at families with small children. So, I finally decided I’d do something about it this week. I know I want to:

  • Provide more review-based information for families looking for things to do and places to stay with their kids, written by a fellow mum;
  • Give Tasmanian parents some inspiration on what to do with their children each week;
  • Create a place for tourists to find family-orientated activities, accommodation, events and attractions when they’re planning their trip;
  • Introduce those unfamiliar with this beautiful State to what’s on offer (hopefully we may just lure you here for a holiday. Let me know when you arrive and we’ll have coffee. Your shout.);
  • A reference of events for this time next year.

So with the trademark Three Li’l Princesses humour, we will each week show you a little of what we have in all corners of this State, but especially the North-West, West and North. There’s also a downloadable Tasmanian family focused events calendar in the pipeline.

If you have a specific question or place you want to know about, feel free to drop us a line in the comment section or contact us. Likewise if you have an event you’d like promoted in the calendar or an activity, accommodation place, event or attraction you would like considered for the series. The My Tasmanian Backyard page has been created where all the reviews and the calendar will be kept for easy access.

The first post will appear on Tuesday. If you’re like me and you won’t remember that, make sure you subscribe in the top right hand corner of the homepage or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Children in Launceston park

I know I love looking in other people’s backyards. What about you? Do you have a favourite place in Tasmania?

Linking up Shae from Yay for Home’s Things I Know.

30 Responses to Launching My Tasmanian Backyard series

  1. kirri says:

    Oh wow Kellie, I didn’t realize you lived overseas, I thought you were Aussie! (So just kidding lol). A few of my friends note Cradle mountain as one of the most beautiful places they have ever visited and apparently you guys have some of the best produce and seafood ever…I want to come visit!!
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  2. Toni says:

    HA how timely!! my son and DIL took my grandchildren to Tassie last year and now that I’m over the shock of them leaving I want to go visit. But we’ll be carting two school-aged kids ourselves, so it’ll be great to have some ideas on where to go and what to do.
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    • Kel says:

      Oh, that’s fabulous, Toni. Hopefully I can give you some inspiration!!
      I so want you to look me up to when you’re here (if you have time, of course!). We need to have some IRL chick chat! 😉

  3. I adore Tassie – I think I’ve mentioned to you that my family are from there (Mum and Dad both grew up there, and lived there until after my older brother was born) and we spent every holiday as a kid in Hobart. I’ve since done some travelling around the state to see more of it – and have loved everything about it.

    Can’t wait to read more about what you love about that gorgeous spot that’s so underrated by so many.
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    • Kel says:

      Yes, I recall you mentioning it in a post not that long ago.
      So glad to find others who love this place as much as I do, Megan. I bet you have some fabulous stories of your holidays here too. Hope the series brings back some memories for you.
      I’m so excited about doing this series and so glad I’ve finally gotten my act together and doing something about it! It’s been the pipeline for way too long! 🙂

  4. Sara says:

    This is a great idea. My hubby’s family are from the NE of tassie & we go back every 3 months or so. Taking the baby there for the first time at christmas.

    • Kel says:

      Oh, that’s so great to hear, Sara. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve been to the North-East, so we’re adament to make that part of the series. My grandparents lived at Bridport, so I spent most of my school holidays in that area. 🙂

  5. One of my best mates is moving back to her home state this week after many years away. I am so glad that I have an excuse to visit Tasmania now. Cradle Mountain is absolutely beautiful. I still haven’t done the walk but hope to one day.
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    • Kel says:

      It’s been a while since I’ve done the walk, Lee. Well worth it though. Not sure how I’d go with a four-year-old and one-year-old!! One of my favourite memories of Cradle Mountain was The Bloke in The Shed and I doing the Taste at the Top. It was pure indulgence!!! 🙂

  6. Sara says:

    Oh I like this! We just came back from 5 days in Launnie with the kiddies, loved it! Even if the kids went feral a few times, but that’s them, not Tassie…
    The kids loved the Chudleigh Honey Farm! Me too actually 🙂

    D and I had a lengthy roadtrip through Tassie 8 years ago and loved every second of it! so beautiful and picturesque, so many lovely people, so many nice things to do and see!
    Favourite place when we went without kids was Wineglass Bay. And the House of Anvers near Devonport is a must if you like chocolate 🙂
    We stayed both in Moina and in Derwent Bridge and did lots of (exhausting) walks in the Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park, loved it!
    I could go on forever…

    I’ll subscribe as soon as I finish writing this comment!
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    • Kel says:

      LOL!! 😉
      I can hear your love for it in your comment, Sara.
      I don’t think I’ve even done the Chudleigh Honey Farm. Must put them on the list. Thanks for the tip!
      Love hearing that you and D had a lengthy road trip too, Sarah. So many think they can do Tassie in a day or two, but that really doesn’t do it justice.
      We live 10 minutes away from Anvers, so we’re very spoilt! We’re also only an hour and a bit from Cradle Mountain.
      It’s been a long time since we were at Wineglass Bay though. It really is a gorgeous spot. 🙂

  7. Louisa says:

    Great idea Kel, so glad this is coming together. I’ve been loving Veronica’s Showcase Tasmania series and look forward to hearing about the kid/family side of things too 🙂
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  8. Jayne says:

    I haven’t had the opportunity to visit Tasmania yet, but I’d love to take my girls at some point. It looks beautiful.
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  9. Laura says:

    What an awesome idea 🙂 I live across the ocean but I am forever trawling the web looking for places to go to!!!

  10. no two headed people heeheehee! I would love to visit tasmania one day~ the photos look so beautiful! x

  11. Grace says:

    I don’t know if I’ve told you but we went to Tassie for our first family holiday in Easter and we stayed with my old high school buddy.
    OMG, I totally fell in love with his backyard !
    What a great idea !
    Looking forward to it !
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    • Kel says:

      Oh, I don’t think I knew that, Grace. Which part of the state did you stay in?
      So glad to hear you loved it!
      Hopefully you can get back here again soon. There’s just so much to see! 🙂

  12. Sif says:

    I’ve never been to Tasmania but it is definitely on my to-do list so I will be checking out your blog posts for advice on what to do and where to go! Cheers!
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    • Kel says:

      I really hope you get a chance to get down here soon, Sif. It’s well worth the trip. I’ll do my best to try and lure you here with all the fabulous things we have!! 🙂

  13. You don’t know how many days I have had this open, waiting to be looked at :s Time is not my friend at the moment.

    I AM looking forward to seeing this series as I am hoping to get to Tassie in the next 12 months. My sister is there at the moment for her yearly visit and i am jealous once again 🙁

    • Kel says:

      That is so great to hear, Amanda – the bit about you coming down here, I mean!! Let me know if you have specific areas of Tasmania you’re particularly interested in and I’ll make sure they’re covered for you. 🙂

  14. Joy says:

    Hi. This seems to be an old site but maybe you’ll still be able to answer me. I’m wondering if the Big Coffee Pot near Deloraine is still operating as a tourist attraction. What about the pottery? If so, what’s on offer there?

    • Hi Joy, Thanks for asking the questions. After asking some friends on Facebook, I’ve been told that the pot itself is there and can still be seen from the entrance of the town, but the tourist attraction closed many years ago. There’s a gallery and tourist information centre in the main street, near the hotel, that has a lot of the wares. Hope this helps. 🙂

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