We’d seen what looked like a go kart track from the Bass Highway near the town of Latrobe, about 15 mins drive from Devonport. The kids were keen to find out more (of course!). I tried to find information online and couldn’t, so we went there in person. And now we can share our own experience of Kart Magic for anyone else wanting the details.
Kart Magic: Tasmanian Go Kart Track
We have lots of enquiries about things to do for kids in Tasmania. Kart Magic will suit kids of any age, from quite young to the young at heart. For the really small ones, who can’t manage on their own, there’s always the option of a tandem drive with mum or dad. The first day we went to Kart Magic, there were two adult men spending some quality time with their mother at the go kart track. Go figure!
A mixture of ages and driving abilities didn’t seem to cause any drama. Our youngest had a junior kart, while Gavin had a much more powerful version. They were both able to manoeuvre their way around the track at their own pace, overtaking or being overtaken without incident.
For drivers of a similar age and size, there’s the opportunity for a casual race at Kart Magic. The track has wide, straight stretches for overtaking and a variety of corners and turns for testing the driving skills. Each session lasts about 10 minutes, or maybe a bit more. It seemed like enough time for the competitive types to challenge for the race lead.
Speaking of competitive types, Gavin still reminds the kids he finished the “race” ahead of them. They’re convinced he had a faster go kart… or that his go kart had better traction because he was heavier. Regardless of the result, they obviously all had a lot of fun. They’ve since driven from Burnie to Latrobe and back, just to invest in some more practice!
Safety Helmets: Pit Lane
Kart Magic provide all the safety equipment and instructions for the novice. We met some real go kart enthusiasts, who brought their own helmets with them, and spoke as if the Latrobe track was their second home. There is possibly a discount or membership system for regular drivers, but for a once-off drive, it costs $15 for kids, and $20 for an adult. That’s per session, of which we’ve had a few now!
So in summation, if you’re looking for fun things to do in Tasmania with kids, you might like to add Kart Magic to your list. $50 per 10-12 minutes for a group of three does not make it a cheap activity by any stretch. But the memories and rivalry from the day will last a lot longer than the actual drive, adding to the value.
Kart Magic can be found at 10 Speedway Drive in Latrobe and is visible from
the main road. We’ve only ever visited on the weekend, so it would be wise
to phone ahead on 03 6426 2455 to confirm opening times. They won’t let
you drive if you’re not wearing decent shoes (so no thongs, for example).
They have a few cool drinks and snacks for sale, and there’s coin-operated
game machines in the entrance. Kart Magic do have a Facebook page, too.
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