Launceston is a small city in northern Tasmania, which is the southern most state of Australia. During a recent visit down under, I stayed at the Country Club Tasmania as that is where my travelling companion (Hi, Mum!) wanted to go.

The main attraction of this hotel is the Golf Course, however that was partially under renovation and we don’t play golf. Perhaps the real reason punters come through the door is due to a word in the hotel name that has been dropped. That word was “Casino”.

Country Club Tasmania

After arriving via QantasLink business class from Sydney, it was into a taxi and off to the hotel. The facility is situated on a very large piece of land, meaning it has tennis courts, a lake, ducks, birds, horses to ride, an indoor pool, gym and various restaurants.

What is enjoyable and a bit unusual is that reception will give you bird seed to take out to the ducks. All the birds (not only the ducks!) know when you’ve got food for them, and they come a-runnin’ when they spot you. Some of the larger ducks will eat out of your hand, which is all a bit of fun.

In addition to the birds, the local wildlife includes Wallabies which seem to be about all the time. The lake was closed off during our visit as it’s also part of the renovations.

Breakfast at the hotel is a buffet affair and contains anything you could want, with both Continental and hot options available. We didn’t go hungry, let’s put it that way.

A Standard Room

A very large band of musicians was ahead of us at check-in, there for the final night of a nearby music festival. This delayed our check-in somewhat, but after a while we were seen and soon were on our way to the rooms. These were fine, without being ultra-modern.

Everything was clean, with the only downside being I could hear the nearby lift going up and down at night. It was worse in my Mum’s room next door as she was beside it. Otherwise, all was good, with decent Wi-Fi speeds as well. I particularly liked the Snakes and Crisps as they made for a nice before bedtime snack.

Who Goes Here?

The clientele at the hotel and casino generally consisted of retirement age people for the most part. That meant everyone was generally friendly, though I did have to dodge the odd walking frame. Most people congregated at the Poker machines on the ground floor, the Keno and in the bar next to it. Otherwise, the pool, jacuzzi and sauna seemed to be popular, with much of the impressive array of gym equipment seemingly ignored.

We ate dinners in the cafeteria by the Poker machines, which I thought was decent and very cheap. A main meal cost around A$20.00 (US$13.00 / €12.00) which was very good value. Featuring things like the Australian fish Barramundi (which I really like) as well as Pork Belly, pastas and so on, it was fine. My mother didn’t love the food, but she always chose different options to me – I thought it was quite fine.

Overall Thoughts

The Country Club Tasmania is a nice place to stay if you’re heading for a break in Launceston. You’ll be especially happy if you like Golf and gambling, which are really the two main selling points for this place. With decent food, ranging from the cheap to the quite expensive (depending on the restaurant) you will have plenty to do.

Once the renovations to the grounds are complete, perhaps they will look at the rooms. They are fine and more importantly kept in good condition, however they are a little bit dated. This was my Mum’s third or fourth stay here and usually she would have had a room with an outdoor terrace, so those are the ones to get.

Have you stayed at the Country Club Tasmania? What do you think of it? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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