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accommodation large family/car ?

Stawell, Australia
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accommodation large family/car ?


Have booked flights to Launceston in September for three nights - arriving 6pm on a Thursday night and flying out 5pm on a sunday night. Was hoping on some advice for accommodation for our large family of 2 adults and 5 kids aged 8-16 that wont break the budget. Also I am unsure as to whether to get a rental car for this time period, we are all fit and healthy and have no problems with walking reasonable distances - should we get a car to allow ourselves to explore outside the immediate city or is there plenty to do within Launceston that we wont need to travel any further. At this stage the only item on the itinerary is Cataract Gorge.


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for Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
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1. Re: accommodation large family/car ?

Hi foxmum,

IMO a vehicle is a must, as there are many wonderful day trips that can be completed from Launceston. One being a day drive to Cradle Mountain which can be spectacular in September, it usually snows around the village, also a tour up both sides of the Tamar is a great day.

One accommodation place that is a reasonable price, is the Alanvale Apartments which will accommodate the 7 of you. I haven't stayed there, so I can't vouch for it.


Have a read of the TA reviews.


Large rentals companies have vehicles that seat 8 persons, one I use often is Avis, and they have 8 person vans at a cost around $360 for the time you're there.

Hope this helps.

rural West Aussie
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for Perth
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2. Re: accommodation large family/car ?

Consider visiting Beauty Point, Platypus World and Seahorse World are really cool. We also enjoyed Marrakoopa (glowworm) Cave west of Mole Creek, and in Sheffield there's a fascinating bric a brac shop stuffed to the gunnels with all kinds of stuff, antique, vintage and retro, (much with hilarious commentary attached), militaria, a huge classic record collection, and just up the street the House of Marbles which sells gorgeous hand blown glass marbles and other glass items, plus marble-driven kinetic toys which are really more for grown ups than kids :-)

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for Hobart, Tasmania
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3. Re: accommodation large family/car ?

Other options for accommodation could be a holiday rental. Stayz is worth a look: stayz.com.au/accommodation/…launceston

Or there's Discovery Holiday Parks at Hadspen - a village about 8km west of the city: https:/…hadspen

And as the others have said, a car/van is essential for any more than a day.


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