If you land in Tasmania by plane, you will probably arrive into either Hobart or Launceston. If you arrive into Devonport by ferry you will almost certainly include one if not both cities during your stay. If you are only in a city for a night or two, your hotel choice will almost certainly be based on location, location, location! Like all of Tassie, accommodation in both Hobart and Launceston is anything but usual and there is something to suit everyone from luxury to quirky.
Hobart, both charming and cosmopolitan, is also one of the most beautiful harbour cities in the world, with a backdrop of Mount Wellington, sometimes snow-capped, and a harbour that stretches for as far as the eye can see to mountain range upon mountain range. There is nothing quite to beat the sight of the sun rising over Hobart Harbour so if you are an early riser, make sure you book a harbour view. Most love to be on the waterfront - either atmospheric Salamanca Place with its galleries, cafes, bars and famous weekly market, just a stone's throw from historic Battery Point - or uber-trendy and arty Hunter Street. Wherever you are, nowhere is more than a 20 to 30 minute walk away.
Like most popular cities, accommodation in Hobart is at a premium both in terms of demand and cost, particularly over a Friday and Saturday due to the popularity of the Saturday morning markets.
You may decide to splash out for a couple of nights in one of Hobart's award-winning luxury hotels - a lovely treat, especially if you have been out in the wilderness! However, if you prefer to save your budget for some of the wonderful tours, the apartment-style hotels are surprisingly good value, and a great option especially for those who plan to base themselves in the city for a few nights and take some of the excellent day trips on offer, and for those travelling in small groups or as a family.
Launceston, in Tasmania's north, is genteel and easily navigated by foot. Its star attraction, surprisingly, is a vast area of reserve called Cataract Gorge, also called the Wilderness in the Heart of the City. You can easily stay within an easy walk or short drive of this remarkable phenomenon, a natural basin into which the surging waters South Esk River flow - wonderful for walkers, birders and wildlife watchers. Choose from the funky Seaport region or closer to the café society area around Charles Street. Hotels, B&Bs and apartment hotels are all available to book.
Tasmanian Odyssey has a large range of carefully selected locally-owned and run accommodation in both Hobart and Launceston so you can trust us to help you choose the perfect city stay for your Tasmanian tour.
Hobart sunrise from Lenna by Susie de Carteret