Planning a trip to the island state of Tasmania and wondering where to stay? Here’s an up-to-date travel guide featuring the best areas to stay in Tasmania with recommendations for hotels, lodges, resorts and budget picks for each destination.
Tasmania is a world-renowned travel destination and one of my absolute favourite places in Australia. Featuring rich history, iconic wildlife, picturesque vistas, and World Heritage Listed National Parks, it’s no wonder why over a million people choose Tassie as a holiday destination every year.
In this blog post, I summarise the best areas to stay in Tasmania to give you a better understanding of what’s on offer. I think that the best way to experience the state is by travelling independently. Therefore, I’ve created a list outlining where to stay in Tasmania for each region so that you can plan and book your own adventures.
- Best Areas to Visit in Tasmania
- Where to Stay in Tasmania: A Comprehensive Guide
- More Tasmanian Travel and Destination Guide
Best Areas to Visit in Tasmania
I've spent several months travelling 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 to stay in Tasmania. 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.
- Cradle Mountain
- Bruny Island
- Huon Valley
- Port Arthur & The Tasman Peninsula
- Northwest Tasmania
- Devonport and the North
- Strahan and the West Coast
- The East Coast
- The Deep South
Where to Stay in Tasmania: A Comprehensive Guide
Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and also the largest city. 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.
But, 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, wharf, museums and the Elizabeth Mall.
However, Hobart is a relatively small city of just over 200 000 and consequently, most accommodation options in the inner suburbs provide easy access to most of the highlights.
Below are 3 of the 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.
- Best Mid-Range Hotel: The Rivulet - The Rivulet is an awesome 19th century, heritage-listed manor. It offers some of the best suites in Hobart without a ridiculous price tag.
- Best Budget Hostel: Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse - For budget travellers and backpackers, Montacute is by far the best place to stay in Hobart. This is a great hostel that is ranked as having the best vibe in the city.
- Best Luxury Accommodation: The Grand Chancellor - Centrally located on the waterfront overlooking Constitution Dock, the Grand Chancellor Hotel is one of the most prominent accommodation options in Hobart.
- ...15+ More in this Complete Guide on Where to Stay in Hobart
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 a tonne of epic hikes.
There are a lot of 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.
Also, if you're planning a stay, then the good news is there are a few lodges available.
Related:How to Get to Cradle Mountain
Where To Stay Near Cradle Mountain
If you're looking for where to stay in Tasmania that will offer the mountain experience, Cradle Mountain is a good bet! Below I've included two of the best options close to the park.
- Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village - 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.
- Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat - An award-winning boutique wilderness lodge with an on-site restaurant and is tucked away in a peaceful rainforest, approximately 40 minutes from the Cradle mountain National Park. This is a great retreat for travellers in Tasmania that want to get away from it all and spend some time in nature. Nearby you'll also find Bridal Veil and Champagne Falls– two of my favourite waterfalls in Tasmania.
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!
Did you know? While you can stay on Bruny Island, many choose to visit on a day trip from Hobart instead.
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.
Since Bruny Island is close and easy to get to from Hobart, it makes for a great option when planning out your trip and looking out for where to stay in Tasmania.
Bruny Island is a wildlife, nature and culinary experience. This beautiful slice of Tassie is accessible via a short car ferry ride just south of Hobart. The best places to stay are around Adventure Bay.
- Adventure Bay Holiday Home - This is the best-rated holiday and vacation home on the island. It is conveniently located right in Adventure Bay, close to the Fluted Cape and the cruise terminal.
- Bruny Island Escapes and Hotel Bruny - Bruny Island Escapes have several cottages throughout Bruny all featuring a private balcony, log fireplace and full kitchen facilities.
4. The Huon Valley
The Huon Valley is a beautiful region of farmland beginning 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.
Today, the Huon Valley makes for a very attractive place to stay and explore in Tasmania. Most people visit the valley for a taste of 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.
Don't Miss: Huon Winery Tour from Hobart
Thankfully, there's an awesome full-day Tasmanian wine tour available to book directly from Hobart (meet at Brooke Street Pier).
This 7.5-hour tour visits 4 of the best wineries in Tasmania's south and includes 4-6 tastings at each.
Where to Stay In the Huon Valley
The Huon Valley is a beautiful region of farmland beginning 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. There are plenty of places to stay here, offering a quiet option in pristine farmland.
- Woodbridge Hill Hideaway - a beautiful traditional hideaway in the perfect location
- Donalea Bed & Breakfast - the top-rated B&B in the Huon Valley with tonnes of excellent reviews
- Huon Flashpackers - the best budget backpacker hostel in the valley.
5. The Tasman Peninsula (Port Arthur)
The Tasman Peninsula is an often overlooked area to stay in Tasmania. This region is full of history and incredible nature, offering some of the best multi-day hiking opportunities in the state on 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.
While you can get out to Port Arthur on a day trip from Hobart, staying on the Peninsula for a day or two is always a good idea!
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, I'd say it's worth checking out for at least 3 days to see the highlights.
- Stewarts Bay Lodge - a beautiful lodge set on over 22 acres offering a private beach area with an onsite restaurant.
- Port Arthur Villas - comfortable villa-style accommodation just 750 metres from the historic site.
- NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park - the best holiday park for travellers on a budget or looking for a caravan park to hook up their rig.
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 11 best things to do in Launceston. So, if you're planning a visit, make sure to check it out!
Where To Stay in Launceston
Tasmania's second-largest city is well worth a visit and serves as an excellent base for day trips to the central region and the East Coast.
- Peppers Silo - This riverside, historic building has been revamped with modern interiors accommodating to travellers looking for a luxury experience. The hotel is conveniently located nearby many attractions including the Victoria Museum and the James Boag Brewery.
- Hotel Verge - In terms of location, this one is spot on. You'll also get access to a restaurant, free parking (a big plus in Lonnie), a fitness centre and even a garden.
- POD Inn - Capsule hostels are more popular than ever. For those on a budget and looking for a cheap, convenient and comfortable stay in Launceston, consider checking out the Pod Inn.
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.
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.
Below are my recommendation options in the best areas to help you out.
Where to Stay in Tasmania's Northwest
Tassie's northwest has a lot to offer. If you're planning your trip, consider picking an accommodation option up here as a base, at least for a few days. Below are my recommendation options in the best areas to help you out.
Stay near the Edge of the World - A rugged northwest coast is a great place for adventurers to base themselves.
- Arthur Spa Cottage 9/10
- Ocean View Cottage 9.2/10
Stay in Stanley - Famous for the iconic nut but offers great seaside accommodations.
- Hanlon House 9.3/10
- Stanley Village Waterfront 8.8/10
Stay in Boat Harbour - One of the most beautiful and underrated beach towns in Tasmania. A must-visit!
- Heavenly Farm B&B 9.1/10
- Boat Harbour Garden Cottages 9.1/10
Stay in Penguin - A quaint coastal town with a unique name.
- Penguin Seaside Homestay 9.5/10
- Penguin Beachfront Apartments 9.3/10
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 just so much to see and do in this region and it's definitely worth at least a couple of days. Activities like the Gordon River Cruise and the rack and pinion railway depart from Strahan and are must-dos when travelling in Tasmania.
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.
Wheelhouse Apartments - Strahan
Unique apartments located in Strahan, each with river or lake views. These apartments are some of the best-rated online for Western Tasmania!
The Boat House - Strahan
Another Strahan favourite, this affordable holiday accommodation option features river views and includes a kitchen and living area.
Penghana B&B - Queenstown
If you're after the best place to stay in Queenstown, check out this 1898 National Trust Mansion B&B which is just 2 minutes drive from the Wilderness Railway & the Heritage Tours.
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. However, Devonport is known to have both calmer and warmer weather.
Honestly, I wouldn't recommend most travellers to 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
Below are three excellent choices for various budgets in Devonport.
- Tiny Tom - Tiny Tom is located centrally in Devonport adjacent to the Mersey River and just 1 kilometre from the Devonport Ferry Terminal. The rooms are fully-furnished apartments that include garden views, barbecue facilities and a patio.
- Views Forever Devonport - If it's a night of luxury you're after, an executive-furnished apartments in the Views Forever Devonport might be just the ticket for you. This studio apartment offering features a patio with incredible sunset views over Don Heads, the Bass Strait and Coles Beach. You'll get everything you need in these open-plan apartments, including a self-contained kitchenette, dining are and lounge area.
- Argosy Motor Inn - 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. This is one of the more budget-friendly places to stay in Devonport and only 4 minutes from the terminal.
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 is 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 one of the best areas in Tasmania if epic views and white sand beaches are your idea of 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 - 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.
- Freycinet Lodge - 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 - 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.
Where to Stay in the Bay of Fires
The Bay of Fires is quickly being recognised as one of the world's most beautiful coastlines. Rich, deep-orange boulders scatter the coastline on the banks of fluorescent, turquoise waters. Sweeping white-sand beaches carve the coast as far as the eye can see and weathered, wind-swept bushland hangs onto the edge of its shores.
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.
- Driftwood at the Gardens - Driftwood is one of the best accommodation homes in the Bay of Fires offering three bedrooms, a TV, full kitchen and incredible ocean views from the balcony.
- The Cove - Another incredible holiday home within 14 minutes of Swimcart Beach. The Cove offers three bedrooms and a full kitchen. Best of all, there's a great view of Sloop Reef from the balcony.
- Bay of Fires Bush Retreat - 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 (must see), large king rooms or a full family bungalow. This is the highest-rated accommodation option in the Bay of Fires!
11. The Deep South
The far south of Tasmania is an area that sees some of the least tourism numbers 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.
- Oyster Shack - This incredible lodge is the closest accommodation offering to Hastings Caves. Located in Hastings, the Oyster Shack is also the best-rated lodge in Southern Tasmania, featuring a fully-equipped kitchen, fireplace and views of the ocean.
- Ashdowns of Dover - One of the best bed and breakfasts in the area is Ashdowns of Dover, just a short drive from Hastings. This place has some of the best reviews in the area, with guests raving about the breakfast (poached eggs is a favourite).
- Southern Forest Accommodation - Located in nearby Southport is a beautiful cottage in the southern forests. This stunningly beautiful place is quiet and features a pretty garden, lovely forest, abundant birdlife and pademelons at your doorstep.
More Tasmanian Travel and Destination Guide
That wraps up this accommodation guide to Tasmania. I hope I've helped you make your decision for where to stay in Tasmania and that you have a better understanding of the best areas to visit for your next trip. If you're still in the planning stages, make sure to check out some of my other many articles covering the best activities and things to do and see on the island.
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.
Saturday 8th of January 2022
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 firstname.lastname@example.org