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Intro to Tasmania hotels and accommodations

The rugged mountains and secluded beaches that make up the landscape of Tasmania provide a perfect metaphor for this isolated island’s history. Tasmania served as a penal colony during the colonial period and much of the historic architecture was built for or by the convict population. Modern Tasmania is a place of white sand beaches, mountain plateaus, natural waterfalls, and spectacular wildlife. Some locals even claim the mythical Tasmanian tiger (long believed to be extinct) still haunts the island's coastline.

Hotels in Tasmania

The majority of hotels in Tasmania are clustered along the East Coast, situated around major towns such as Hobart and Launceston. The wilder West Coast also offers a good selection of places to stay, with huts and camping spots available to those following the better-known hiking trails. Luxury hotels in Tasmania tend to be found on the coastline, with some great 5-star options taking advantage of the island’s remoteness to provide guests with spectacular ocean views. Tasmania hotel rates are reasonable, with decent-quality budget options available in all of the most popular destinations.

Things to see in Tasmania

A hiking holiday is a great way to get to grips with Tasmania’s native wildlife and spectacular scenery. The Overland Track, a 60-kilometre trail which stretches from the clear waters of Lake St Clair to the summit of Cradle Mountain, is a good option for outdoor types interested in exploring the island at their own pace. For a slightly less strenuous holiday, a few days in Hobart could be just what you need. Australia’s second oldest capital city is surrounded by forest, beaches, and picturesque villages. In town, you’ll find the renowned Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which is home to an extensive permanent collection and attracts some of the most exciting modern artists from around the globe. Foodies will love Salamanca Market in Hobart’s Salamanca Place, with more than 300 stalls offering some of the best local fruit, cheese, and micro-brewed craft beer Australia has to offer.

Where to stay in Tasmania

Travellers looking for city-centre accommodation will want to head to one of the major cities on Tasmania’s east coast. Hobart is a clear favourite, offering stylish modern hotels and a welcoming, cosmopolitan atmosphere. The northern towns of Launceston and Devonport are also popular destinations, particularly for those on a slightly tighter budget. Expect a warm welcome in any of the many good-quality discount hotels on offer here, giving visitors a solid base from which to explore Tasmania’s famous coastline. More remote Tasmania accommodation options can be found on the western side of the island, with Queenstown and Strahan offering affordable cottages, lodges, and motels.

How to get to Tasmania

Tasmania is easily accessible from mainland Australia by air, with flights departing from major cities including Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. Melbourne provides the most options, with frequently scheduled flights to Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, and Burnie, as well as daily flights to King and Flinders Islands. Access by sea is possible on the Spirit of Tasmania—an iconic ship which offers overnight and daytime journeys from Melbourne to Devonport with the option of bringing cars, trailers, and bikes. The ship is fitted out with multiple bars and cinemas, allowing travellers to extend their holiday with an extra day at sea!

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