Travelling Tasmania: Our Favourite-Family Friendly Place to Stay in Tassie!

One of our absolute favourite family-friendly places to stay in Tassie is The Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel & Apartments in Launceston. Aside from it having a charming historic feel to it (it was originally a corn mill!), here’s why:

Location and activities:

The Penny Royal is located within walking distance of everything that Launceston offers - it’s adjacent to the beautiful Tamar River, and is directly next to Cataract Gorge.

There’s plenty for the kids to do with an onsite adventure park that includes rock climbing, zip-lining, pirate ship rides, ghost tours, and mining for gold.  And when they’re all tuckered out, you can enjoy a meal or drink at one of the many on-site eateries.

Comfy rooms:

The hotel is good value for money, and in addition to standard rooms they have two-and three-bedroom split level serviced apartments. That means mum and dad can have some adult time downstairs while the kids sleep upstairs.

The place is truly stunning, especially at night.

Picture yourself on the balcony as the sun sets, having a wine or gin with the cheeses you bought earlier that day at the Harvest Farmer’s Market.

There’s just something about the exposed brick and beams that makes you feel all cozy and warm.

And you can look forward to the sounds of the waterfall lulling you all to sleep.

Food and drink:

There’s a restaurant, café, wine bar, cellar door, an onsite brewery and ice cream stand. Our personal favourite was the wood-fired pizza at Brady's.

You can keep it local by grabbing a bottle of the Clover Hill Vintage Brut, or some gin from the New Norfolk Distillery.

If you are looking for a great place to stay while exploring Launceston, definitely check out the Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel & Apartments.

Prices start at $125 per night. 

A few extra notes:

Sometimes when you’re on holidays you don’t feel like getting everyone dressed and out the door 3 times a day for meals. Fortunately, there’s a Woolworths within walking distance where you can grab supplies for a few low-cost, easy bites. 

Each room has a name which is cute, though they aren’t named after anyone. It’s just creative and adds to the charm.

As often comes with a rustic-style venue, the shower is over the bath. It didn’t bother us at all, but it might be an accessibility issue for some. 


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