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Tasmanian Luxury

The best places to stay in Tasmania

If you enjoy the finer things in life, then discovering some of Tasmania’s stunning luxury lodges and boutique hotels would suit you perfectly. Unwind in comfort at outstanding accommodations, hand-picked for their breathtaking scenery, attention to detail, and welcoming staff. When it comes to world-class experiences and luxury lodgings, tiny Tasmania spectacularly delivers. The alpine wilderness of Cradle Mountain, pristine beaches of Freycinet, and the heritage towns of Launceston and Hobart will charm you beyond your expectations.

With 24/7 support from the First Light Travel Team, your every wish will be taken care of during your stay. Read on for our favourite picks for the best places to stay in Tasmania.

Hobart

Nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington, Hobart is a harbour town with heritage charm and a modern lifestyle. From the bustling waterfront of Salamanca Place to the historic houses of quaint Battery Point, Hobart is a gorgeous place to wander and get lost in.

Mona Pavilions Hobart
 

With only eight rooms you will feel like royalty staying at the arty and modern Mona Pavilions in Hobart, overlooking the River Derwent. Every pavilion features a spa bath, state-of-the-art kitchen and laundry facilities. The bathrooms have under-floor heating and the property features a heated lap pool and a restaurant. If you like your accommodation on the contemporary and exclusive side, then Mona Pavilions is a unique place to rest your head.

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Experience all that the Mona gallery has to offer with an upgrade to the Mona Pavilions on our 10 Day Wonders of Tasmania Self Drive itinerary.

Mona Pavilions

Perched in the exclusive enclave of South Hobart, Islington Hotel is a very special boutique hotel with delightful gardens, boasting stunning views of Mount Wellington. Formerly a Stately Home and built-in 1847, its classy blend of heritage and contemporary is guaranteed to please. The Islington Hotel is self-styled as an urban luxury lodge and is decorated with fine art and furnished with antiques. This property feels like a home away from home, especially in the winter time with wood on the fire and a welcoming team that treats each guest like family.

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Reward yourself with an upgrade to the Islington Hotel to end your time in Tasmania on our 8 Day Tasmania Wildlife Self Drive itinerary.

 

Islington Hotel

MACq01 Hotel Hobart
 

Once a bustling wharf market, later a giant shipping shed, and now a world-class waterfront visitor experience. The charismatic complex known as MAC01, the majority of which is occupied by the so-called storytelling hotel MACq01, is also home to various bars, restaurants, and a wine lounge. The rooms are designed around five Tasmanian character traits, and the hotel invites you on a unique journey to explore and experience the stories of those who have shaped the Tasmanian landscape, past, and present. The waterfront suites are the ultimate offerings in downtown Hobart lodgings with unmatched water views. Out in the salty breeze the maritime tales are almost palpable. 

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Pamper yourself at the divine MACq01 Hotel on our 8 Day Tasmania Wine and Dine Self Drive itinerary.

Macq01 Hotel

Launceston

Launceston, Tasmania's second-largest city, is compact, and its pretty, colourful Victorian and Edwardian homes line the hillsides along the river banks. Like most Tasmanian towns it's easy to explore and nature is right nearby - Launceston Gorge, with its Victorian parklands, complete with peacocks, has steep, rugged cliffs and wild areas that attract climbers. Launceston is a good base for exploring the vineyards of the Tamar Valley, and you can visit boutique cool-climate wineries that line both river banks.

Quamby Estate Launceston
 

Wake up to rural landscape views and a mountain backdrop from your luxury accommodation at Quamby Estate. Perhaps play a round of golf on the Quamby Estate Golf Course before settling in to enjoy Tasmanian wine and food from the on-site restaurant. Set on 150 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Quamby Estate also offers a tennis court, croquet court and several lakes and hiking trails. Offering panoramic mountain views and picture-book landscapes, the homestead is set amongst the poppy fields and gourmet food producers of the Meander Valley. The ten lovingly restored rooms are steeped in Tasmanian history, with charming period antiques and fireplaces combined with modern luxuries to offer a cosy and quiet country getaway.

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Customise our 8 Day Taste of Tasmania Self Drive itinerary to include a luxurious stay at Quamby Estate near Launceston.

Quamby Estate

Stillwater Seven Launceston
 

The highly coveted Stillwater Seven boutique hotel opened its doors in 2019 and has received high praise ever since. Seven architecturally designed and beautifully appointed rooms nestled in the great bones of one of Tasmania’s heritage icons, an 1830s flour mill on the banks of the Tamar River. Each room has waterfront views and its own unique character. You will have access to the private guest bar, and exclusive access to their award-winning kitchen. Early morning guests are welcome to wander down into the restaurant to chat with the chef and see what is coming out of the oven before it is opened to the public, what a fantastic way to learn about local produce. Only minutes walk from Launceston’s Cataract Gorge and the city centre, Stillwater Seven offers easy access to everything that Launceston has to offer.

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Splurge on an upgrade to Stillwater Seven on our Two Week Best of Tasmania Road Trip itinerary.

Read more about Stillwater’s famous restaurant with farm-to-fork dining in our blog The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Tasmania.

Stillwater Seven

Cradle Mountain National Park


Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, with its ancient rainforests and alpine heaths, is home to the world-famous Overland Track and iconic Cradle Mountain. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the park is one of the state's most special places, where ancient pines fringe glacial lakes and icy streams cascade down rugged mountains. Dramatic Cradle Mountain is the rugged jewel of the park and it can easily be seen from Dove Lake, a stunning glacially carved lake.

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
 

Cradle Mountain Lodge is widely considered to be one of Australia’s iconic wilderness experiences. Located on the northern edge of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, in one of Tasmania’s premier wilderness regions. This superb escape showcases the best Cradle Mountain has to offer with warm hospitality, sensational local food and wine, indulgent spa treatments, breathtaking scenery, and magnificent wilderness surrounds. 

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Experience the beauty of Cradle Mountain as part of our Luxury 8 Day Tasmania Winter Wonderland Self Drive itinerary. The King Billy room comes with a cozy fire and a private deck with a hot tub, which is especially romantic in winter, when falling snow dusts the mountains and eucalyptus trees.

Cradle Mountain Lodge

Pumphouse Point Lake St Clair
 

A luxury stay in Lake St Clair awaits you at Pumphouse Point. Built in the 1930s as a hydroelectricity station, this remarkable hotel conversion is split between the waterside Shorehouse and the Pumphouse, set 900ft out in the lake. The unique adults-only retreat is tucked into a quiet bay on Lake St Clair, at the southern end of the national park. Pour your own drinks at the honesty bars, find picnics in your room, and cook your morning eggs just how you like them. Enjoy immersive outdoor activities such as bushwalking, explore hidden coves along the lake in a Pumphouse Point dinghy, saddle up on a comfortable e-bike or relax back at the cottage with a therapeutic highland massage. This private oasis will be a true highlight of your luxury Tasmania adventure.

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Find your own secluded piece of paradise at Pumphouse Point on our Luxury 8 Day Tasmania Self Drive itinerary.

Pump House Point

Freycinet National Park and the South-East Coast

The dramatic peaks of The Hazards welcome you as you enter Freycinet National Park on the Freycinet Peninsula. The park offers a wide variety of activities - take a walk to the pass overlooking the perfectly shaped Wineglass Bay (voted one of the top beaches in Australia), or try less strenuous activities like beach strolls, swimming or wildlife spotting. Pink granite mountains, white sand beaches, grey-green casuarinas, seawater as blue as sapphires, you will be overwhelmed by the colours and beauty of the Freycinet Peninsula.

Saffire Freycinet

 

Saffire Freycinet is Australia’s premier luxury lodge, a gem of Coles Bay providing an authentic and immersive connection to the magnificent Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. Distinct in its design, exclusive in its features and set apart by its approach to individually tailored experiences and service, Saffire features 20 private suites, a luxury day spa, and many complimentary experiences such as walks, kayaking, paddle boarding, cooking demonstrations, golf, bird watching, fishing, archery and more. Saffire’s restaurant prides itself on showcasing the best Tasmania has to offer, and provides tailor-made experiences to suit all guests. The suites have alluring views, eclectic mixes of traditional and contemporary furnishings and offer the highest standards of privacy and luxury. Why not indulge in a stay in a private pavilion with your very own plunge pool! Saffire really is as luxurious as it gets.

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Spoil your senses at Saffire on the Freycinet Peninsula as part of our Luxury 10 Day Tasmania Self Drive itinerary.

Saffire

Thalia Haven Great Oyster Bay ( Near Freycinet )
 

Thalia Haven is set on a private 130-acre wooded peninsula surrounded by the crystal-blue waters of renowned Great Oyster Bay on Tasmania’s wild East Coast. Five kilometres of secluded coastline including your own exclusive golden sand beach. Accommodation is in four ancient-stone bedrooms clustered around olive tree courtyards on the ocean’s edge. Awake to the sound of the sea, as rays from the rising sun play on the granite Hazards of Freycinet. With windswept hair and the taste of the salt spray on your skin, yield to the invitation of an outdoor bath under the stars. Prepare a gourmet extravaganza in your professionally equipped kitchen and in the colder months relax by a roaring fire. Thalia Haven is sure to feel like your own private oasis.

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Wander on your private beach with a bonus night’s stay at Thalia Haven on our 12 Day Complete Tasmania itinerary.

thalia

Rocky Hills Retreat - South-East Coast
 

Rocky Hills Retreat is nestled in 250 acres of Tasmanian bushland on the South-East Coast south of the Freycinet Peninsula. The rhythm of the Retreat starts with the ever-changing glorious pre-dawn light, sit out on the morning deck to breathe in its full depth. With breakfast provisions provided, you can enjoy muesli with yogurt, fresh fruit or bacon and eggs.

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Rocky Hills

Bruny Island

Bruny Island, located off the coast of Hobart, is actually two islands joined by a narrow isthmus known as The Neck. Popular as a weekend destination for beach goers and foodies, it is also home to a rugged, relatively untouched landscape that is both dramatic and beautiful. Explore it all with great walking tracks and pristine swimming, surfing and fishing beaches, and be sure to take advantage of the island's flourishing fine food and wine industry - Bruny is home to producers specialising in oysters, cheese, berries, beer, wine, spirits and indulgent chocolates.

Satellite Island
 

In the heart of the magnificent D'Entrecasteaux Channel, in the south of Tasmania, lies a small island of immense beauty. Sheer sea cliffs fall away to pristine water and wild shellfish can be found in the ancient rock shelf that circles the Island. Satellite Island is truly a unique destination, a secluded secret hideaway, yours alone to explore. Accessible by boat from the tiny town of Alonnah on Bruny Island, Satellite Island is the perfect base for exploring Bruny Island and its many walks and activities. By day explore the treasures of Bruny and in the afternoon return to your own island paradise. Guests can stay in the luxurious three-bedroom summer house, or the boathouse where they can sea-gaze from bed. Light a fire on the pebble beach and enjoy the sunset with a glass of Tasmanian wine and some freshly shucked wild oysters – the perfect end to a day on your own private island. 

After enjoying the well-renowned Bruny Island 3 Day Long Weekend Hike, treat yourself to a well-earned and relaxing stay at Satellite Island on our 10 Day Tasmania and Bruny Island Escape.

satellite island tasmania

The sublime tranquility of this very special island is addictive, by the time your self-drive holiday ends, you'll already be planning your next visit. Ready to find out more? Talk to the First Light Travel team about the best places to stay in Tasmania. Our locally-based Travel Specialists will work closely with you to create a trip tailor-made to your exact specifications. We guarantee you will have the experience of a lifetime, and we can’t wait for you to get in touch!

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: 24 Nov 2020 (Last updated: 12 Jan 2021)

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