Places to Stay


Tasmania's spectacular Mt Roland. Picture: Steven Penton

Tasmania’s spectacular Mt Roland. Picture: Steven Penton

Tasmania has an abundance of B&Bs, guesthouses and farmstays, as well as big resorts and hotels.

Tourism is seasonal, peaking from November to March, so book early to avoid the dreaded “no vacancies”.

We have listed accommodation at major towns first, then the more regional locations.

At the bottom of the page are popular choices, and favourite camping places.

There is a touring map at the bottom of the page where you can easily find and book a stay in each region.

Hobart

Hobart is Tasmania’s capital city, in the island’s south on the Derwent River estuary. See a comprehensive list of accommodation and prices here.

Launceston

Launceston is Tasmania’s second biggest city, in the island’s north on the Tamar River. See a comprehensive list of accommodation and prices here.

Devonport

Devonport is where the Spirit of Tasmania ferry docks. It is a base from which you can drive to Sheffield and Deloraine. See Devonport accommodation and prices here.

St Helens

St Helens is the “capital” of the island’s warm East Coast, where many Tasmanians go for summer holidays. St Helens accommodation is listed here …

Homelea Accommodation
Fish-Tales on the Bay
Sweetwater Villas
Bayside Inn
George River Park B&B
BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park
Hillcrest Tourist Park
Pelican Point Sanctuary
Bed in the Treetops B&B
Kellraine Holiday Units
Anchor Wheel Motel

Bicheno and Swansea

These are important seaside tourist towns on Tasmania’s East Coast. See Bicheno accommodation here and Swansea accommodation here. Bicheno is home of evening penguin tours, well worthwhile.

Port Arthur

Port Arthur is where you see Tasmania’s penal history in all its glory. It is also near some of the island’s most scenic coastline, on the Tasman Peninsula.
Accommodation is as follows …

NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park
Bay Retreat Port Arthur
Nextdoor@portarthur
Explorers Port Arthur
Classic Cottages
Stewarts Bay Lodge
Port Arthur Villas
Fox and Hounds Inn
Burilda Waters
Sea Change Safety Cove
Port Arthur Motor Inn

Huon Valley

There is accommodation in Huon Valley towns like Huonville, Cygnet and Franklin, but our tip is to stay at Dover, which has good beaches for swimming and is central to attractions in the state’s south. Dover also has a jetty for fishing and a sheltered boat ramp. Dover accommodation is as follows …

Halcyon at Dover
Smugglers Rest Apartments
The Fisherman’s Wife
The Peninsula Experience
Driftwood Cottages
Ashdowns of Dover
Chapel Lane Hall
Quarry Hill Lookout
Essentially Tas – Dover
Thelma Retreat
Essentially Tas – Brooks Bay

Bruny Island

Bruny Island is a short drive and ferry ride from Hobart. It is scenic and has worthwhile attractions, including a cheese factory and seal tours. There are good swimming beaches. See the accommodation choices here.

West Coast

Strahan is the main West Coast town and is served by a large number of B&Bs and holiday houses … view the list here.

Lake Pedder

The Lake Pedder Wilderness Lodge is a favourite of ours. It is not particularly flash, but the lake is such a magnificent location. It is vast and a must-see, but the weather is generally wet. The local wild parrots are tame and there is a heated indoor pool. The latest prices are here.

Recommended accommodation at popular places

For special occasions, one of Tasmania’s spectacular places to stay is Freycinet Lodge on the East Coast near Wineglass Bay. The location is outstanding and the seafood superb … visit Freycinet Lodge here.

Sullivan’s Cove Apartments are in Hobart, within walking distance of the Hobart waterfront, Salamanca Place, Mures Seafood and Museumvisit Sullivan’s Cove here.

Lufra Hotel and Apartments is at Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula, a short drive from Port Arthurvisit Lufra Hotel and Apartments here.

Strahan is the main tourist town on the West Coast, where you can stay at cosy Kitty’s Place … visit Kitty’s Place here.

If you need to stay near the Devonport ferry terminal then Sunrise Devonport is ideal … visit Sunrise Devonport here.

Stanley is arguably the main tourist stop on the north coast, where you can view the famous Stanley Nut. Stay at Abbey’s Cottage … visit Abbey’s Cottage here.

Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain is a fine place to stay at one of Tasmania’s most popular inland destinations … visit Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain here.

If you need to stay in Launceston then Aspect Tamar Valley Resort is near the wineries and has wi-fi, a gym and 9-hole golf course … visit Aspect Tamar Valley Resort here.

Camping

If you want a reasonably secluded bush camp next to a lonely beach try the various sites at Stumpys Bay in Mt William National Park seen here, on the north-east coast. Swimming and surf fishing can be enjoyed here, with rock fishing and great scenery near the lighthouse at Eddystone Point. The road into the national park is rough.

For easier access to a coastal camp, try St Helens, which has a great campsite at the sea entrance to the bay, again with camping and fishing. Fortescue Bay is a deservedly popular site on the East Coast. Recherche Bay and Cockle Creek are popular but have a rough road in.

Bruny Island has camping in the national park.

Tasmania has many other great campsites, including several on lakes. Many national parks have campsites, explore the parks here.

There is a general feeling that “pay” camps offer a better experience, as fees tend to scare off the riff-raff.

B&Bs and farmstays

There are 1205 accommodation businesses listed here.

You might discover hidden bed and breakfasts, farmstays, hotels and more on our map below.

The map is centred on Hobart, but you can zoom out and explore accommodation options across Tasmania.



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