From luxury accommodation to camping along the river, Launceston and Tasmania’s north has an option for everyone.
Boutique accommodation with all the trimmings, Hatherley Birrell Collection is an art-themed hotel, a mere 15-minute walk from the city centre. Yet, it feels like you’re a world away, surrounded by gardens, lawns, and fig and magnolia trees. The hotel was once an historic 1830s mansion and now offers four unique accommodation options, from suites to pavilions to full-blown apartments.
A combination of Georgian influence with French provincial flair, Red Feather Inn is a boutique luxury bed and breakfast with elegant rooms, a secluded garden and state of the art amenities. For those looking to get their hands dirty, there’s even a cooking school on site. It’s the perfect place for a couple’s escape or hire out the entire place for a special occasion and really treat your guests.
Relbia Lodge is situated in the stunning Tamar Valley and it is truly postcard perfect. Set on the lake and right in the middle of the valley’s vineyards, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in the heart of Italy. Comfort and elegance is at the hotel’s core and as an added bonus, Josef Chromy is right next door – perfect to pick up an excellent bottle of wine and enjoy a good feed.
Hotels and Hostels
If it’s an apartment you’re after, the Two Four Two in central Launceston will work a treat. It’s just a short walk from the bustle café precinct, Cataract Gorge, and loads of gift shops and galleries, and there are plenty of self-catered accommodation options to choose from from studio to two bedrooms.
Overlook the city at the Grand Chancellor. The hotel is situated in the heart of the CBD, surrounded by all the top attractions including City Park, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and even Boag’s Brewery. Offering sweeping views of the Launceston skyline, you’ll also be treated to all the modern travel luxuries.
Peppers Silo Hotel is a unique option which literally brings heritage to life on the banks of the Tamar River. The building, originally four silos that contained grain, dates back to the 1960s and is an iconic landmark in itself. Now, it’s a sophisticated nine-storey hotel and most definitely a unique place to stay, with all the modern amenities you could need.
Again, it’s all about the history and heritage at Auldington, which was once Presentation Sister’s Convent. With its grand façade, high ceilings and historical features, you’ll feel transported back in time. But don’t worry, while the building is heritage, the interiors are not. Rather, you’ll be surrounded by contemporary interior furnishings and local art.
Of course, there are also budget-friendly options, and self-contained apartment chains including selections from Mantra, Best Western and Quest.
Camping and Caravans
Launceston and Northern Tasmania is very much about nature and spectacular scenery, so we understand that there are many people out there who really want to embrace this.
Big4 Launceston Holiday Park provides cabins, and unpowered and powered site accommodation. It’s centrally located and is an excellent place to base yourself. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, a children’s playground and varied accommodation options, including two-bedroom villas for families or groups.
Providing cabin and villa accommodation just north of Launceston, Launceston Holiday Park Legana is set in a peaceful and relaxed parkland setting with beautiful grounds. It’s within easy driving distance of Tamar Valley and Launceston. The park offers laundry facilities and gas barbeques as well, and each cabin is equipped with a kitchen.
Around the area, there are also plenty of opportunities to pitch a tent and camp under the stars, from Liffey River Camp to Ben Lomond National Park and even some farms that will allow you to camp out too.