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Where to Stay in Tasmania: The Best Areas in 2024

Where to Stay in Tasmania: The Best Areas in 2024

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Wondering where to stay on the island state of Tasmania? Here’s a useful guide to the best areas with top accommodation picks on the 26th largest island in the world.

Tasmania is a world-renowned travel destination and one of my absolute favorite places to travel in Australia. Featuring rich history, iconic wildlife, picturesque vistas, and World Heritage Listed National Parks, it’s no wonder why over three million people choose Tassie as a holiday destination every year.

After traveling all over the state, I’ve selected what I believe are the best areas to stay in Tasmania. I believe the best way to experience the state is by traveling independently. Therefore, I’ve also given recommendations for hotels in each region so that you can plan and book your own trip.

Map showing the best places to stay in tasmania
Map of the best areas to stay in Tasmania

Best Areas to Stay in Tasmania

I've spent several months traveling around Tasmania. Along the way, I've photographed and documented my experiences to share with you on this blog. My goal is to inspire you to visit this beautiful part of Australia!

So, to help you plan your trip below is a quick-link summary of the best areas. If you click on each or scroll down, you'll find a brief outline of the area including what to see and do there, as well as hand-picked recommendations for various budgets.

  • Hobart - Tasmania's capital city that boasts the well-known Salamanca Market and Mount Wellington.
  • Cradle Mountain - Known for the Overland Track hike and wildlife encounters.
  • Bruny Island - Foodie haven with oysters, cheeses, honey & the opportunity to spot the white wallaby.
  • Huon Valley - A picturesque region that produces Tasmania's finest apple cider.
  • Port Arthur & The Tasman Peninsula - Home to the historical area of Port Arthur and many hiking trails.
  • Launceston - The second largest city in Tasmania known for Cataract Gorge and its restaurant scene.
  • Northwest Tasmania - Wild and rugged coastlines and home to the threatened Tarkine Rainforest.
  • Strahan and the West Coast - Offering Epic hiking trails and the Gordon River and Wilderness Railway.
  • Devonport - A small city known for its gateway of the sea from mainland Australia via ferry.
  • The East Coast - A known multi-day hiking area with picturesque views and white sand beaches.
  • The Deep South - Off the beaten path remote hikes and home to Hastings caves.
Mount amos sunrise hike
Mount Amos hike - Freycinet National Park

1. Hobart

Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and also the largest and second driest city which has a population of just 206,000 residents. Situated on the estuary of the River Derwent and nestled beneath the towering Kunanyi, (Mount Wellington), Hobart serves as the primary entry point for most visiting Tasmania since this is where you'll find the Hobart International Airport.

Hobart has so much more to offer than being just a transit destination. Here you'll find epic hikes, waterfalls, cafes, restaurants, vibrant markets, and beautiful historic buildings.

Where to Stay in Hobart

The area closest to most highlights in Hobart is called "Salamanca Place". This area has great restaurants and bars and is close to the markets, museums, and the Elizabeth Mall.

Below are 3 best-rated and most popular accommodation options for varying budgets.

They're a good starting point but I've also written a separate, comprehensive accommodation guide to Hobart with a few more options.

Hobart hotel, the grand chancellor luxury accommodation

1. The Grand Chancellor Luxury

Centrally located on the waterfront overlooking Constitution Dock, the Grand Chancellor Hotel is one of the most prominent accommodation options in Hobart if you have the budget.

The rivulet hotel in hobart tasmania

2. The Rivulet Mid-Range

The Rivulet is an awesome 19th-century, heritage-listed manor. It offers some of the best suites in Hobart without a ridiculous price tag and is located in a quiet street close to the main hub in Hobart.

Montacute boutique bunkhouse

3. Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse Budget

For budget travellers and backpackers, Montacute is by far the best place to stay in Hobart. Ranked as having the best vibe in the city for meeting people and having the best location for nightlife.

Hobart from mount wellington

2. Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is one of the most beautiful National Parks in Australia. The Cradle Country is famous for its alpine vistas, scenic mountain lakes, and epic hikes.

There are many reasons to visit this park, especially for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Some of the best highlights in the Cradle Mountain National Park include the Dove Lake Circuit, Cradle Mountain, The Overland Track, and Marions Lookout.

Tip: Be on the lookout for wildlife as wombats frequent this area. You might even be lucky and spot a mother and joey like I did.

Read: How to get to Cradle Mountain

Where To Stay Near Cradle Mountain

If you're looking for where to stay in Tasmania for mountain views, Cradle Mountain tops the charts for the best wilderness escape. You might consider visiting in winter to experience the landscape covered in snow which is rare for Australia! Below I've included two of the best options close to the park.

Lemonthyme wilderness retreat in cradle mountain, tasmania

1. Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat Luxury

An award-winning boutique wilderness lodge with an on-site restaurant tucked away in a peaceful rainforest, approximately 40 minutes from the Cradle Mountain National Park. Nearby you'll also find Bridal Veil and Champagne Falls– two of my favourite waterfalls in Tasmania.

Cradle mountain wilderness village, tasmania

2. Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village Mid-Range

Located right on the edge of the World Heritage Listed National Park, The Wilderness Village offers self-contained accommodation in a rainforest setting. In terms of distance to the park, this is as close as it gets. It's a 5-minute walk to the Visitor Centre and a 10-minute drive to the start of the popular Overland Track.

Cradle mountain from launceston

3. Bruny Island

Bruny Island is a wildlife, nature and culinary experience. Conquering Maria Island to take the number one spot, Bruny is the most-visited Island off Tasmania.

This beautiful slice of Tassie is accessible via a short car ferry ride just south of Hobart. There's so much to do here, from true, paddock to plate culinary experiences to epic lookouts like The Neck and the Fluted Cape.

Once you arrive, there are plenty of things to do and see including great hikes, a chance to see rare wildlife like the albino wallaby, fresh produce tasting, and wild coastal cruises where you'll have a chance to spot Orcas & seals!

Note: I was able to capture the white wallaby during my visit however, they are shy so if you're trying to find/photograph them be sure to stay quiet and keep your distance.

Where To Stay on Bruny Island

The best accommodation options on Bruny Island are typically guest houses and holiday homes. That's because there aren't many resorts or big hotels set up as it is remote compared to the rest of Tasmania.

Did you know? While you can stay on Bruny Island, many choose to visit on a day trip from Hobart instead.

Adventure bay holiday home, bruny island

1. Adventure Bay Holiday Home

This is the best-rated holiday and vacation home on the island. It is conveniently located in Adventure Bay, close to the Fluted Cape and the cruise terminal.

Bruny island escapes room with views over lush gardens

2. Bruny Island Escapes

Cottages that cater to all group sizes and feature a private balcony, fireplace, and fully equipped kitchen facilities. Just a minute's walk to crystal clear waters and a 10-minute drive to the main Bruny Hotel.

Bruny island lookout, best things to do in hobart on a day trip

4. The Huon Valley

The Huon Valley is a beautiful region of farmland just 30 minutes from Hobart and extending to the southernmost point of Australia. The region is named after the Huon River, the fifth-longest in the state and an essential water source for the historic farming developments in the area.

Most people visit the valley to taste the fresh and iconic Tassie produce including apples, cider, honey, cheese, and wine.

While there isn't a lot on offer for the adventure traveller, it's still a great place to unwind and a perfect place if you're looking to relax and get a feeling for real, country Tassie living.

Tip: Tasmanian Devils frequent this area so be on the lookout to spot them, trust me when I say they're elusive!

Where to Stay In the Huon Valley

If you're looking for a place to watch the sunrise over the surrounding valley and Huon River with a chance to spot wildlife below are my top accommodation picks.

Woodbridge hill hideaway

1. Woodbridge Hill Hideaway Woodbridge

A beautiful traditional hideaway cabin set on 10 acres with a private bathtub that offers views overlooking the surrounding forests & a 10-minute drive to Bruny Island ferry terminal.

Aerial views over donalea bed and breakfast

2. Donalea Bed & Breakfast Forbes Bay

A top-rated B&B in the Huon Valley which is set on 1 acre with excellent riverfront views, a relaxing atmosphere, and a 30-minute drive from the well-known Tahune Airwalk.

Huon valley wallaby - tasmania

5. The Tasman Peninsula (Port Arthur)

This region is full of history and incredible nature, offering some of the best multi-day hiking opportunities in the state like the recently renovated Three Capes Track.

Port Arthur is the main attraction in the Tasman Peninsula. It's a special place, especially for some Australians who get the opportunity to learn about, and perhaps discover a newfound appreciation for the hardships faced by their ancestors.

Where to Stay on the Tasman Peninsula

The Tasman Peninsula is an often overlooked area to stay in Tasmania as many people opt to take day trips from Hobart. However, It's worth checking out for at least two days if you have time to see the highlights.

Stewarts bay lodge accommodation views

1. Stewarts Bay Lodge Luxury

Set on over 22 acres offering a private beach area with an onsite restaurant, and fully equipped chalets with ocean views. Port Arthur's Historic Site is within walking distance from the property.

Gardens at port arthur villas

2. Port Arthur Villas Mid-Range

A comfortable villa-style accommodation just 750 meters from the historic site of Port Arthur. With rooms catering to large group sizes, equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay.

Nrma port arthur holiday park, tasmania

3. NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park Budget

The best holiday park for travelers on a budget or looking for a caravan park to hook up their rig. It offers a large playground for the kids and a stone pizza oven which guests are free to use. Pademelons call this place home once the sun starts to set!

Three capes track tasmania, hiking for free and self guided

6. Launceston

Launceston is Tasmania’s second-largest city and is commonly rated as one of the most liveable cities in Australia. Lonnie, as Taswegians call it, is a hub of history, culture, food, and nature.

There are plenty of natural attractions in and surrounding the city including the Cataract Gorge and the Tamar Wetlands. I've also written a comprehensive guide to the best things to do in Launceston. So, if you're planning a visit, make sure to check it out!

Where To Stay in Launceston

Launceston serves as an excellent base to take day trips to the central region and the East Coast. From budget capsule hostels to luxury picks with waterfront views there is something to suit all travel styles and budgets.

Waterfront hotel peppers silo, tasmania

1. Peppers Silo Luxury

This riverside, historic building has been revamped with modern interiors accommodating travelers looking for a luxury experience. The hotel is conveniently located near many attractions including the Victoria Museum and the James Boag Brewery.

Hotel verge bedroom with view in launceston, tasmania

2. Hotel Verge Mid-Range

In terms of location, this one is spot on. You'll get access to a restaurant, free parking (a big plus in Lonnie), a fitness center, and even a garden all for a reasonable price. Bread + Butter Bakery is next door with the best donuts in town!

Pod inn capsule styled bed, launceston

3. POD Inn Budget

Capsule hostels are more popular than ever. For those on a budget & looking for a cheap, convenient, and comfortable stay in Launceston, consider checking out the Pod Inn. A large communal area and fully equipped kitchen is offered and the Village Cinemas is just 100 m away.

Cataract gorge reserve, tasmania

7. Northwest Tasmania

Northwest Tasmania has wild, rugged coastlines and is home to Australia's largest stretch of temperate rainforest, the Tarkine. There is lots to explore in this region, but it's certainly a good idea to have your own car or transport.

Where to Stay in Tasmania's Northwest

If you're planning your trip, consider picking an accommodation option up here as a base, at least for a few days. That way you'll have time to explore highlights like the Nut in Stanley, the Edge of the World lookout, or the famous Tarkine Drive.

Stay near the Edge of the World - Arthur River

A rugged northwest coast is a great place for adventurers to base themselves. However, there are only large houses or villas available in this area due to its remote location.

Sunset view at arthur river spa cottage, tasmania

2. Arthur Spa Cottage

Set along the Arthur River this cottage can accommodate large groups of up to 10 people. It offers an entertainment deck which is perfect for watching the sunset.

Bedroom suite at sunset holiday villas

3. Sunset Holiday Villas

Just a short walk from the ocean with views over the River this fully equipped villa is perfect for families & couples passing through.

Arthur river point gardiner boat

Stay in Stanley

Famous for the iconic Nut and offers great seaside accommodations and the opportunity to spot penguins and seals along the shores between September to March.

Views of the nut from horizon deluxe apartments, tasmania

1. Horizon Deluxe Apartments Luxury

Offering spectacular views from a spa bath over The Nut and ocean it doesn't get much better than this. An apartment-style stay with a large balcony, and comfortable bedding. Within walking distance to the well-known Jimmy Lane Lookout.

Bedroom at ellie's cottages in stanley, tasmania

2. Ellie's Cottages Mid-Range

Small family-run cottage & spa hosted by Ellie. Offering a hydrotherapy massage spa & comfortable rooms. A short walk from the Nut where penguins can be viewed at sunset.

Cabin accommodation at big4 stanley holiday park

3. BIG4 Stanley Holiday Park Budget

Great for those traveling with kids as the park offers a small park and is in a great location to explore The Nut & Godfrey's Beach. Cabins, cottages, caravans, and even tents are welcome.

The nut at stanley, tasmania

Stay in Boat Harbour

One of the most beautiful and underrated beach towns in Tasmania Boat Harbour is a must-visit if you're looking to unwind in a small town away from the hustle and bustle.

Small killynaught spa cottages

1. Killynaught Spa Cottages Luxury

Located in the quiet area of Boat Harbour these cottages offer private rooms with spa baths and lovely views over the surrounding gardens.

Outdoor view of the blue boat harbour garden cottages

2. Boat Harbour Garden Cottages Mid-Range

Cottages just 2 km from Boat Harbour beach with lush gardens, outdoor seating, and BBQ area. Great for groups of 2-6 people.

Heavenly farm b&b accommodation, boat harbour

3. Heavenly Farm Budget

Sea view accommodation at a low price. A cooked breakfast is provided by the host Lilly each morning which has very high reviews. This is a great choice if you're traveling with pets as they're also welcome.

Boat harbour tasmania

Stay in Penguin

A quaint coastal town with a unique name located between Boat Harbour and Devonport and acts as a great base for those passing through. And yes penguins are spotted between September to March Since reviewing the accommodations in this area I've added a unique farm stay to this updated guide.

Hideaway farmlet with miniature goats

1. Hideaway Farmlet Unique

Located in a quiet area 2 km from Penguin Beach. I have added this option to this updated accommodation guide as its a unique farm stay. There aren't many places in Australia where you can book the night with miniature goats.

Ocean views from penguin beachfront apartments

2. Penguin Beachfront Apartments Mid-Range

Boasting ocean views and a comfortable area to relax and unwind to the sound of crashing waves. This is a top pick for families or large groups. Just a short walk from IGA and the local bakery.

Budget dorm room at happy backpacker

3. Happy Backpacker Budget

Located in the heart of Penguin this is the perfect budget stay if you're looking to save money and be within walking distance of the beach, cafes, and supermarket.

Penguin tasmania

8. Strahan and the West Coast

The West Coast of Tasmania is aptly named the "Western Wilds". This area is a mix of wild, unforgiving wilderness and quaint mining towns.

The most popular place to stay in Western Tasmania is in Strahan. There's much to see and do in this region and it's worth staying a couple of days. I would even say the drive is worth it just to witness the 99 Bends road.

Activities like the Gordon River Cruise and the rack and pinion railway depart from Strahan and are must-dos when traveling here.

Where to Stay In Tasmania's West

Below are a couple of my recommended places to stay in nearby Strahan, as well as one in Queenstown.

Strahan wheelhouse apartments

1. Wheelhouse Apartments Strahan

These unique apartments are located in Strahan, each with river or lake view. Known as some of the best-rated online for Western Tasmania with their large floor-to-ceiling windows and location to the esplanade walking track.

The boat house accommodation option in strahan

2. The Boat House Strahan

Another Strahan favorite, this affordable holiday accommodation option features river views. It includes a kitchen and living area along with a small outdoor lawn area for the kids to play.

Large accommodation option at penghana b&b, queenstown

3. Penghana B&B Queenstown

Overlooking the town of Queenstown this 1898 National Trust Mansion is great for couples or singles exploring the area. The presentation of the interior is like stepping back in time & a wonderful free breakfast is provided.

Things to do at strahan tasmania, west coast

9. Devonport

Devonport is the third largest city in Tasmania and serves as the gateway for those entering the island state via the Spirit of Tasmania ferry. Compared to Hobart and Launceston, Devonport is much quieter and known to have calmer and warmer weather.

Honestly, I wouldn't recommend travellers spend a lot of time in Devonport. This is simply because there are so many other great places to stay in Tasmania with more activities and attractions.

However, if you are transiting on the ferry to and from Melbourne, below are the three best accommodation options worth considering.

Where to Stay in Devonport

Three excellent choices for various budgets in Devonport close to the main city and ferry terminal.

Lounge room at views forever devonport

1. Views Forever Devonport Luxury

If it's a night of luxury you're after, executive-furnished apartments in the Views Forever Devonport might be just the ticket for you. This studio apartment offers a patio with incredible sunset views over Coles Beach. It comes fully equipped and has everything you need.

Tiny tom devonport accommodation, tasmania

2. Tiny Tom Mid-Range

Tiny Tom is located centrally in Devonport adjacent to the Mersey River and just 1 km from the Devonport Ferry Terminal. The rooms are fully furnished apartments that include garden views, barbecue facilities, and a patio.

Bedroom at argosy motor inn

3. Argosy Motor Inn Budget

A no-frills comfortable and most importantly, affordable option close to the ferry terminal is the Argosy Motor Inn. For those coming off or planning to board the ferry, a night at Argosy is an excellent choice.

Argosy motor inn in tasmania

10. The East Coast

The Tasmanian East Coast is a truly unmissable stretch of coastline. The two best areas I'd recommend checking out and spending a bit of time in are the Bay of Fires and Freycinet National Park.

Where to Stay Near Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park is by far one of the most popular spots to visit and stay in Tasmania, and for good reason. With highlights like the incredible Wineglass Bay and the Mount Amos hike, Freycinet is easily a perfect holiday spot.

You'll find Freycinet National Park just a few hours south of the Bay of Fires, approximately 2 hours from Launceston and 2.5 from Hobart.

While you won't find any hotels in the park itself, there are plenty to choose from in neighbouring Coles Bay, which serves as a gateway to the park.

Below I've listed the best and highest-rated accommodation options in Coles Bay to help you make the most of your visit.

Picnic island living room

1. Picnic Island Luxury

Ever wanted to stay on a private island? What better place to do so than on Picnic Island, a beautiful island gem just off Coles Bay. Visitors will have the entire island to themselves with rustic waterfront cabins and a fully-equipped kitchen and living area. Penguins also live on the island.

Freycinet lodge suite with lounge

2. Freycinet Lodge Mid-Range

Located in a waterfront location within Freycinet National Park, Freycinet Lodge offers luxury cabin-style accommodation, two restaurants, and a bar. You’ll also get a buffet breakfast included. This is one of the best-located spots to begin your Freycinet National Park walks.

Eagle peaks outdoor view of accommodation, freycinet

3. Eagle Peaks Budget

Another great option is Eagle Peaks, which has good WiFi and free private parking near Coles Bay. This is a unit-style accommodation option featuring a dining and seating area, a fully-equipped kitchen, and great scenery at your doorstep.

Alternatively: If you're looking for another great island to call home for a few nights check out Maria Island. An island that hundreds of wallabies, pademelons, wombats, and even some Tasmanian Devils call home. It offers cabin accommodation and camping. Hikes like Bishop and Clerk and the Maria Island Circuit can be found here and make for an epic adventure! I enjoyed camping here and found the wildlife more abundant and less shy than the main island.

Picnic island accommodation australia

Where to Stay in the Bay of Fires

The Bay of Fires is recognised as one of the world's most beautiful coastlines. Rich, deep-orange boulders scatter the coastline on the banks of fluorescent, turquoise waters.

The Bay of Fires is located in Tasmania's North East, approximately 3 hours from Launceston. Below are some of the best accommodation options in the area.

Alternatively, if you're camping or on a road trip check out the Bay of Fires free camping spots in the area. My favourite when visiting was the Cozy Corner South which has unbeatable views over the ocean.

Must know: If you're travelling around the National Parks in Tasmania you'll need a National Parks Pass.

Sunrise at driftwood bay of fires

1. Driftwood at the Gardens Binalong Bay

Driftwood is one of the best accommodation homes in the Bay of Fires offering three bedrooms, a TV, kitchen, and incredible ocean views from the balcony.

Ocean views from the cove accommodation near swimcart beach, tasmania

2. The Cove Binalong Bay

Another incredible holiday home within 14 minutes of Swimcart Beach. The Cove offers three bedrooms and a kitchen. Best of all, there's a great view of Sloop Reef from the balcony.

Dorm bed layout at bay of fires bush retreat

3. Bush Retreat Bay of Fires

The Bush Retreat is one of the closest accommodation options near Binalong Bay. It features a bar, garden, and shared kitchen. You'll have the choice of booking bell tents, large king rooms, or a family bungalow. This is the highest-rated accommodation option in the Bay of Fires!

Bay of fires tasmania

11. The Deep South

The far south of Tasmania is an area that sees the least amount of tourism but still offers some great activities and attractions.

Extending from the Huon Valley all the way to the southernmost tip, there's plenty to explore including the beautiful Southwest National Park, Hartz Mountains, and the popular Hastings Caves.

Where to Stay in Southern Tasmania

If you'd rather make your way further south from the Huon Valley, the following are among the best options available for where to stay in Tasmania's far south.

Location: Gordon Foreshore Reserve Campground - $5 campsite I found on my last trip to Tasmania with epic sunset views and flushing toilets.

Southern forest accommodation, tasmania

1. Southern Forest Southport

Tucked away amongst the bush you'll find this 2 bedroom cottage offering a tranquil atmosphere and large outdoor balcony with views over a beautiful garden. If getting off-grid is your thing you'll love Southern Forest.

Far south eco-cabin, southern tasmania

2. Far South Eco-Cabin Lune River

Another cozy choice for those looking for isolation. This 2 bedroom house offers a fireplace, large living areas, and views over the breathtaking landscapes of the Lune River.

Dorm beds at river run lodge

3. River Run Lodge Strathblane

A beautiful lodge sitting on the edge of the river with dorm and family rooms available. A restaurant and bar are located on-site and kayaking, fishing and hiking can be enjoyed from the property.

Hartz peak tasmania, hiking guide

My Hotel Selection Process

  • Accommodation Criteria: I look for location, current traveler reviews, city reputation, amenities, and vibe.
  • My Experience: I have stayed in dozens of hotels, lodges, and caravan parks in Tasmania. I've scanned, reviewed, and compared hundreds of hotels online and in person to give you an honest hotel roundup.
  • Top Reviews: I compare recent reviews from real travelers across hotel booking sites including Booking.com, Hotels.com & Agoda. All options I've included maintain a good score but more importantly, the recent trend suggests high quality.
  • Local Insights: I've worked closely with many tour partners, tourism marketing & photography jobs. I've gathered local insights from friends who live on the Island and their insights on the specific areas chosen.

Read more about how I review & select hotels & accommodations.

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I hope I've helped you make your decision on where to stay in Tasmania and that you have a better understanding of the best areas to visit for your next trip.

Make sure you check out some of my other many articles covering the best activities and things to do.

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I'm Olly Gaspar, adventure traveler from Australia. I’ve spent the last six years traveling the world full-time, sharing my first-hand experiences & photography in over 700 travel guides on We Seek Travel. I visit every destination I write about to bring you unique travel itineraries, epic hiking routes, fun tour ideas, travel & photography gear ideas, & interesting places to stay.

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K

Friday 7th of January 2022

In the paragraph talking about Port Arthur it is written that: ‘ newfound appreciation of the hardships faced by their ancestors.’ the British stole and colonised the land from the indigenous - the original owners of the land. I’m pretty sure your ancestors didn’t do it as hard as they had to. It’s downright insensitive and it must be removed immediately.

Olly Gaspar

Saturday 8th of January 2022

Hi K,

Although irrelevant, my ancestors are from Sweden and Hungary, not Britain.

But, that doesn't mean that anybody, no matter their ethnicity or cultural background, can't appreciate the hardships of both British convicts AND indigenous Australians. In my view, the struggles faced by one man/woman doesn't take anything away from another's. You might think otherwise, and that's okay. I'm not going to try to censor your beliefs, but instead I'll try to voice my point of view in order to form dialogue that hopefully benefits us both.

I see history as being defined by stories of the collective, but often told through those of the individual. Take James Lynch for example, a 9 year old boy taken from his family, shipped across the world to Port Arthur and sentenced to 7 years of hard labour for stealing 3 boxes of toys. Or, the story of Nellie Egan, a young indigenous girl who at near the same age, was stolen from her family and institutionalised under the Law of Assimilation Policy.

The reality is that both stories make up Australian history. I strongly disagree that you should censor that by discounting the realities faced by one, simply because another faced hardships– even if one is quantitively or qualitatively worse. Complete, unabridged history is the greatest resource we have to help us learn from the past and grow as a collective.

You are right, the British crown did colonize land belonging to indigenous Australians and in the process, committed grievous acts. What I'm trying to say is that I don't think sympathizing for convicts at Port Arthur takes anything away from that. If anything, I'd say that it would help many, especially Australians with convict heritage, to better understand Australian history and their ancestor's role in it.

I appreciate that you wanted to voice your opinion on my blog, and I'm open to continuing this discussion. Feel free to reply here if you want, or if you'd prefer to have a private discussion I'm happy to hear your point of view as well. You can email me at olly@weseektravel.com