Where to stay in Tasmania for first time: 6 Safe areas

I had a great time living and working in Devonport and Launceston. I understand that finding where to stay in Tasmania as a first-timer can be overwhelming. That’s why, in today’s article, I will help you to find the safe places to stay in Tasmania for first-time visitors.

I will share with you what I believe are the best and safest areas to stay in Tasmania for first-timers and tourists, along with a helpful map and areas to avoid. I’ll also share where I stayed in Tasmania and recommend some of the best hotels in Tasmania for visitors with various budgets.

Tasmania is an island state of Australia and is a popular destination for tourists seeking natural beauty and outdoor activities. You can explore national parks, hike, and enjoy the island’s scenic landscapes. 

The island  is home to several national parks and wilderness areas, such as Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and Southwest National Park.

It is also famous for its unique and often endemic wildlife, including the Tasmanian devil, wallabies, wombats, and various bird species.

Indigenous Australians, specifically the Tasmanian Aboriginal people, were the original inhabitants of Tasmania. European exploration and settlement began in the early 19th century. The island has a rich maritime and convict history, with many historical sites reflecting its colonial past.

Is Tasmania safe to visit? 

Yes, Tasmania is generally a safe destination for visitors. However,  it is recommended to always exercise caution, stay informed, and take necessary precautions to ensure a safe travel experience.

If you plan to engage in outdoor activities such as hiking or camping, inform someone about your plans and estimated return time. Carry essential supplies like water, food, a map, and a communication device. 

If you drive, it is important to be cautious on winding roads, and be aware of wildlife crossing. Also follow speed limits and road signs.

Where to stay in Tasmania for the first time?

The best and safest areas to stay in Tasmania for first-timers and tourists are Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, Cradle Mountain, Port Arthur, and Bruny Island. Remember that safety can vary based on personal behavior, and it’s always important to stay alert no matter where you stay. 

Hobart and Launceston are the most popular areas in Tasmania for first-time visitors. These are the major cities on the island, offering a good balance of amenities and attractions. Hobart is a great base to explore South Tasmania, Launceston is a great base to explore North Tasmania.

Devonport, located on the northwest coast, is often the entry point for those arriving by the Spirit of Tasmania ferry. It has a relaxed atmosphere and is close to attractions like Cradle Mountain.

Cradle Mountain is a must-visit if you’re into nature and hiking. There are stunning landscapes and walking trails, and it’s a great place for outdoor activities. 

Port Arthur is known for its well-preserved convict site. It’s a great destination for those interested in Australia’s colonial past.

On one of my trips to Tasmania, I stayed in Devonport at The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel. The hotel is located in a central location to harbor and city shops. There was a airport Skybus drop off and pick up  right outside of the hotel. My room was spacious and soundproofed. The bed was comfortable.

Below is a map of the popular areas in Tasmania for first-time travelers. You can scroll down to view the live map.

Map of the safe areas to stay in Tasmania first time
Map of the safe areas to stay in Tasmania first time

Let’s get into the details of the recommended areas to stay in Tasmania, especially for first-time visitors. I’ll provide you with some suggestions for the best places to stay in each area, catering to every budget. 

All hotels in Tasmania have been carefully selected by me from well-known booking sites such as booking.com, with guest review scores of at least 8.0 or higher at the time I chose them. 

If you don’t like my suggestions (perhaps they don’t suit your budget or preferences), you can click the “MORE HOTEL DEALS” button where you can choose your own hotel.

6 Safe areas to stay in Tasmania for first-timers and tourists

1. Hobart

Hobart is a fantastic choice for first-timers and tourists in Tasmania. It is the island’s capital and largest city located in the southeastern part of the island, at the foot of Mount Wellington.

Hobart is the cultural capital of Tasmania, offering a rich blend of history, art, and music. The Salamanca Arts Centre and the famous Salamanca Market are vibrant cultural spots.

You can explore historic sites such as Battery Point, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Museum of Old and New Art, and the Cascades Female Factory.

The city has a picturesque waterfront, with its waterfront bars, seafood restaurants, and cafes. You can take a stroll along Constitution Dock and enjoy fresh seafood.

Hobart boasts a thriving food scene, with a focus on fresh, local produce. You’ll find a variety of dining options, from casual eateries to fine dining restaurants.

Hobart serves as a convenient base for exploring the southern part of Tasmania, including the Huon Valley and the Tasman Peninsula.

Best places to stay in Tasmania in Hobart for first-timers:

Luxury ($$$): The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart, 5-star hotel centrally located on Murray Street, walking distance to many bars, restaurants, Parliament Square, and Short Beach. The hotel has a valet parking, wonderful buffet breakfasts, and a fitness center.

Mid-range ($$): Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, great 4.5 star hotel in a central location of Hobart, short distance from the CBD, Salamanca Wharf and The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery . It has great views of the Derwent River and Constitution Dock. It has an indoor pool, good breakfast, and parking.

Mid-range ($$): Vibe Hotel Hobart, popular 4-star accommodation in a prime location on Argyle Street, great base for sightseeing, and easy access to popular attractions such as Theatre Royal, Hobart Convention and Entertainment Centre, and Parliament Square.

Budget ($): Customs House Hotel, 3-star accommodation in a great location close to MONA Ferry, Derwent River, Salamanca market, and the city center. You can enjoy excellent breakfast and seafood specialties in its onsite restaurant.

Hostel ($): Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse, great backpacker hostel located in a nice neighborhood of Battery Point, short walk to restaurants, supermarket, Sky Bus stop and port. 


2. Launceston

Launceston is a popular place to stay in Tasmania as it is the second-largest city in Tasmania after Hobart. It is located on the Tamar River in the northern part of the island, and is surrounded by hills and mountains.

One of Launceston’s iconic attractions, Cataract Gorge is a stunning natural reserve with walking trails, a chairlift, and beautiful scenery.

Launceston serves as a gateway to the Tamar Valley, a renowned wine-producing region. Take a wine tour and enjoy the picturesque vineyards and cellar doors.

Launceston is known for its well-maintained parks and gardens, such as City Park and the National Rose Garden.

You can explore the historic architecture of Launceston, including landmarks like Franklin House and the Old Umbrella Shop. If you’re interested in arts and crafts, the Tasmanian Design Centre showcases the work of local artisans.

Launceston has a growing food scene with a focus on local produce. There are various dining options, from casual cafes to fine dining restaurants. Beer enthusiasts may enjoy a visit to Boag’s Brewery for a tour and tasting session.

Launceston Airport has fewer international flights compared to Hobart, so you may need to connect through other cities when flying in.

Best places to stay in Tasmania in Launceston for first-timers:

Luxury ($$$): Peppers Silo, great 5-star riverfront hotel located on Lindsay St, short distance from Boags Brewer, Queen Victoria Museum, and Cataract Gorge Reserve. Easy to walk to The University and CBD. It has excellent breakfast and comfortable family rooms.

Mid-range ($$): Balmoral On York, popular 4-star hotel located on York Street, easy walk from many restaurants, bars, shops, and parks. It has excellent breakfast, free parking, and paid airport shuttle services.

Budget ($): Elphin Serviced Apartments, 3-star accommodation located on Racecourse Crescent, easy access North Esk River, Target/Coles shopping center. Short walk to City Park and restaurants. It has free parking which is a bonus for those who drive.


3. Devonport

Devonport is a great base for travelers who prefer a quieter coastal setting and want to explore the central and northwestern regions of the island.

Devonport is often the first point of entry for travelers arriving by the Spirit of Tasmania ferry, which connects Tasmania to mainland Australia. It provides a convenient starting point for exploring the island.

You can enjoy the picturesque coastal setting with views of the Bass Strait. Devonport has attractive beaches and coastal parks, such as Mersey Bluff and Coles Beach.

History enthusiasts may appreciate the Don River Railway, a heritage railway offering scenic train rides with vintage carriages.

Devonport and its surrounding areas are known for fresh local produce. Explore farmers’ markets and local eateries to sample Tasmanian specialties.

Devonport is relatively close to Cradle Mountain, one of Tasmania’s most iconic natural attractions. It’s a convenient base if you plan to explore this stunning national park.

With a smaller population, Devonport offers a more relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. It’s an ideal place to unwind and enjoy the coastal lifestyle.

Best places to stay in Tasmania in Devonport for first-timers:

  • Mid-range ($$): Novotel Devonport,  4-star comfortable modern hotel located in a great location in Devonport, close to the river, parklands, and restaurants. 
  • Mid-range ($$): Gateway Hotel by Nightcap Plus, 4-star accommodation located near to the Spirit of Tasmania pier. Easy access to shops, restaurants and the sights. You can visit nearby Don River Railway or The Devonport Maritime Museum.
  • Budget ($): Sunrise Devonport, 3-star hotel situated in a quiet area, short walk Mersey River. It has family rooms and free parking for those who drive.

4. Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is an excellent choice for nature enthusiasts, hikers, photographers, and those seeking a serene and picturesque escape. It is renowned for its stunning landscapes, including glacial lakes, ancient rainforests, and, of course, the iconic Cradle Mountain itself. 

There are numerous hiking trails catering to various skill levels. The Dove Lake Circuit is a popular choice. For more experienced hikers, the Overland Track is a multi-day trek through diverse landscapes.

The area around Cradle Mountain is home to a variety of wildlife, including wombats, wallabies, and a diverse range of bird species. Wildlife enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities for observation.

Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre provides valuable information about the park, trail conditions, and guided tours. It’s a good starting point for your exploration of the area.

The unique landscapes and changing weather conditions create excellent opportunities for photography. Sunrise and sunset are particularly magical times to capture the beauty of Cradle Mountain.

Staying near Cradle Mountain offers a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere, providing a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Cradle Mountain is a bit remote, and there are limited dining and shopping options in the immediate vicinity. It’s a destination for those seeking a nature-centric experience.

Best places to stay in Tasmania in Cradle Mountain:

  • Mid-range ($$): Cradle Mountain Hotel, great 4-star hotel located at the northern end of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Great base to explore Cradle Mountain, Devils @ Cradle, Tasmanian West Coast and Strahan Village. It has free parking, very good breakfast.
  • Mid-range ($$): CMWV Resort, 4-star hotel located on Cradle Mountain Road, offering self-contained accommodations with a well-equipped kitchenette. Lots of animals and birds. 20 mins walk to National park and Devils Credal.
  • Budget ($): Cradle Mountain Highlanders, good value for money accommodation in a great location next to the Visitors Centre where the shuttle to the Cradle Mountain walks begin. It has free parking and cabins with a fireplace and full kitchen facilities. 

5. Port Arthur

Port Arthur is a historic site located on the Tasman Peninsula. This area is ideal for history enthusiasts, those interested in convict history, and travelers seeking a tranquil and culturally rich experience.

Port Arthur is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of Australia’s most significant historical locations. The site provides insights into Australia’s convict past and early colonial history.

You can explore the well-preserved convict settlement, including the penitentiary, separate prison, and the Isle of the Dead. Guided tours are available to enhance the experience.

Port Arthur is located within the Tasman National Park, offering stunning coastal landscapes and natural beauty. There are scenic walks and viewpoints, such as the Remarkable Cave and the Tasman Arch.

For those interested in the paranormal, Port Arthur offers ghost tours in the evenings, providing a different perspective on the history and mysteries of the site.

The location on the Tasman Peninsula provides a picturesque waterfront setting, adding to the overall ambiance of the area.

Best places to stay in Tasmania in Port Arthur:

  • Mid-range ($$): Port Arthur Villas, great location for exploring  the historic site from Port Arthur and Tasman National Park. It has spacious self-contained villas, free parking, children’s playground and BBQ facilities.
  • Budget ($): NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park, 3-star accommodation located  on Garden Point Road within walking distance from Stewart’s Bay. Short drive from Port Arthur Historic Site, Eaglehawk Neck and the Remarkable Cave.
  • Budget ($): Ruby’s Cottage Farm Stay, beautiful stay close to Tasman Peninsula attractions including Port Arthur Historic Site, Remarkable Cave and Tasman Blowhole.

6. Bruny Island

Bruny Island is a great place to unwind, and enjoy the unique offerings of Tasmania’s southeastern coast. The island has  pristine beaches, towering cliffs, and dense forests. 

You can enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, birdwatching, kayaking, and exploring the coastline. It is home to a variety of wildlife, including penguins, seals, and rare bird species.

You can visit the historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse for stunning views of the Southern Ocean and the surrounding landscapes.

Bruny Island is famous for its local produce, including fresh oysters, cheese, berries, and more. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in a culinary journey on the island.

Best places to stay in Tasmania in Bruny Island:


In conclusion, Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, Cradle Mountain, Port Arthur, Bruny Island are the best places to stay in Tasmania for first-timers and tourists. These are popular and safe tourist destinations in Tasmania that provide a wide range of accommodations and amenities for all visitors.

If you travel with kids/ without a car, you can check this Best places to stay in Tasmania for families and Best places to stay in Hobart without a car. Other interesting articles about popular tourists destinations in Australia:

There you have it, my recommendations for the most popular and safest neighborhoods that you can stay during your first trip to Tasmania. I hope you enjoyed my article and find it both informative and helpful.

If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Your feedback is invaluable and helps me continue to create more quality content.

About Author: Ocean Cameron

I'm Ocean, founder and main editor of travelhotelexpert.com. I’m a passionate traveler who specializes in uncovering the best hotels and locations in every city, especially for first-timers, all without the need for a car.

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