The main island is home to around 500,000 people. The capital city is Hobart, and other major centers are Launceston, Burnie and Devonport.
Tasmania is a popular destination for gay travellers and is renowned for its friendliness wherever you choose to stay, eat or visit. The State has been a leader in LGBT rights for more than two decades.
Tasmania has an equal age of consent, and the most extensive anti-discrimination and anti-vilification laws seen anywhere in the world. There is a registration scheme for same-sex relationships and the ability to have relationship ceremonies.
Tasmania is for explorers! The island has more than 1,000 peaks, four mild seasons, and more than 40 percent of the Island is protected as national parks. It is also home to some of the world’s rarest animals.
weekend Fri,Sat 22:00 - 05:00
Hobart’s only exclusively gay bar! Flamingos offers two floors of fun and entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights plus additional special events on public holidays.
Check the website for full details.
various in Hobart and across Tasmania
Tasmania has a increasing number of popular, actively gay-friendly cafés and restaurants. They include:
Lebrina in New Town, Marmalade Café in Elizabeth Street, The Winston, The Tasmanian Inn (corner of Campbell & Warick Streets), The Republic Bar and Café in North Hobart, Criterion Café in Criterion Street, Lansdowne Café in West Hobart, Retro Café in Salamanca Place, Machine Laundry Café in Salamanca Square, Jackman and McCross in New Town, Victoria Street and Battery Point, The Brisbane Hotel on Brisbane Street, the Grand Poobah on Liverpool St, and Magnolia Cafe, Macquarie St, South Hobart.
TasPride has been around for 20 years. It began as a community support group in Hobart in 1992 but changed its name to TasPride in 2009.
Every November, TasPride produces the highly successful annual TasPride Festival – an event dedicated to celebrating, uniting and promoting the Tasmanian gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community.
TasPride hosts cultural events throughout the year (including the Queens Ball in June) and promotes a wide range of activities produced by the many GLBTIQ organisations in Tasmania – so if you are visiting the Island, it is worth checking their website.
9.2 Exceptional - based on 22 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Beautiful views. Boutique choice. Top-rated. Free WiFi.
The exceptional, gay-owned Islington Hotel, which overlooks Mount Wellington, is located within a house that was originally built in 1847 , just a few minutes’ drive from Hobart’s town centre.
We love everything here – super comfortable beds, free minibar, iPad, large bathroom with rain shower, the ‘open plan’ kitchen & dining room concept and the stunning lounges.
The place had been restored and holds a unique collection of the owner’s artworks and furniture. We recommend Garden Rooms as they have direct access to the gardens and views of Mount Wellington.
Guests can help themselves to tea, coffee, freshly baked (and totally delicious) cookies and muffins all day long. The service and the food are great. Staff are knowledgeable about Hobart and its surroundings and offer great advice of what to visit.
9.3 Exceptional - based on 11 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Fabulous location. Gay-owned. Wonderful views.
The gay-owned/managed Apartments on Star is located within easy walking distance of Sandy Bay shopping, West Point Casino, the historic Battery Point, Salamanca Market, the ferry to MONA and the city centre.
Each apartment has either a view of the Derwent River or a private courtyard. The rooms are modern, spacious and fully equipped for both short or long-term stays. The kitchen comes with dishwasher, fridge & stove, a lounge & dining room with TV, DVD, stereo & iPhone dock.
Each of the 2- and 3-bedroom apartments have 2 en suite bathrooms, some with a corner spa. Off-street, carport or secure garage parking available. A refresh service is provided every 3 days and full service for bookings of 7 days and longer.
9.3 Exceptional - based on 8 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Fully-equipped homes. Gay-owned. Great location. Free WiFi.
Overlooking Sullivan’s Cove and Hobart’s city centre is Corinda, a stately Victorian mansion. Corinda’s historic outbuildings, the gardener’s cottage, the servants’ quarters and the coach house are delightful and self-contained.
Each cottage features a fully equipped kitchen, laundry and bathroom with all modern appliances cunningly hidden from view. Your gay hosts provide a welcome breakfast hamper, regular towel and linen changes. Free WiFi and off-street parking available.
No cooked meals are provided, but there are many excellent restaurants in the Hobart city centre (about five minutes’ walk away).
10 Exceptional - based on 1 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Gay-owned Eco-friendly & private. Stunning views.
This gay-owned wilderness eco-lodge (previously called Rainbow Retreat) is located close to St Mary’s in northeastern Tasmania, just a few minutes away from the stunning Douglas Apsley and Mount William National Park which offer an endless choice of walks and explorations.
Visitors stay in one of just three open-plan, timber-lined, eco-friendly cabins, each of which has excellent ocean views. Each cabin has a queen-sized bed, bathroom (hand basin, shower and toilet), a potbelly stove, dining area and LCD TV.
You have the choice of preparing your own meals or having delicious meals prepared by the in-house chef (recommended – we loved the food!).
8.5 Excellent - based on 126 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Modern & stylish rooms. Close to Tamar Valley wineries. Free WiFi.
Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania and, as it has an airport, an alternative starting or ending point of a journey around the island.
Mantra Charles Hotel is just a 5-minute drive from what Australians like to call the “Central Business District” (aka the shopping centre). The hotel offers very stylish, high-ceiling rooms with a comfortable bed, free WiFi and blinds that overlap vertically to keep out the sunlight.
Parking is free, although we are not quite sure the architect got it right by using glass around the parking bays! A decent breakfast buffet is offered with hot items cooked to order. Great for an overnight stop.