01 March, 2023

Six tips to explore Tassie on a budget

With a little planning, you could soon be enjoying a cheap and cheerful Tasmanian getaway.

Want a holiday without blowing the budget? Keen to trim costs here and there so you can extend your trip, or splurge on some unforgettable experiences? With these tips, you might be surprised how much you can save while still having a fantastic time in Tasmania.

Boardwalk in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Photo: Jason Charles Hill

1. Avoid peak season and watch for specials

Accommodation and Spirit of Tasmania fares fluctuate with demand, so if you want to keep costs down avoid summer and school holidays. Watch for special rates too. Our newsletter, and those from accommodation booking websites, will put great deals straight into your inbox.

Ever thought about visiting Tassie in winter? We have put together a few reasons why you should totally consider it here.

2. Bring everything you need on Spirit

Travelling with your own vehicle means no rental fees mounting day by day. Packing it with everything from golf clubs to camping gear, and even adding a caravan, could also save hundreds on equipment hire and thousands on accommodation.

There’s no skimping on luggage for Spirit of Tasmania’s walk-on passengers either – feel free to bring two well-stuffed bags.

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Darlington campsite. Photo: Stu Gibson

3. Book budget accommodation

As well as watching out for accommodation deals, remember that budget hotels and hostels are always affordable, and rates in regional areas are often cheaper than cities.

Of course having your own tent, caravan or campervan will save heaps, especially if you check out our post about these fab free Tasmanian campsites.

4. Check your eligibility for discounts

Great rates are often available for groups, students, pensioners and holders of seniors and companion cards. State-based auto clubs such as RACV offer discounts on selected Tasmanian tours and attractions.

Hotel chains’ rewards programs, perks from your home or vehicle insurer, and membership benefits for organisations like the National Trust might also deliver nice surprises. Some credit card policies include complimentary travel insurance, so check before buying more.

Mt Owen - West Coast Tasmania. Photo: Flow Mountain Bike

5. Focus on free and discount experiences

Have you seen our blog post about free things to do in Tassie? From museums and galleries to gardens and conservation areas, we’ve found the state’s best freebies.

Also look out for small-change experiences. You need to buy a pass for national parks, but it works out to just dollars a day to hike, swim, kayak and more in spectacular wilderness. For example, a two-month Parks Pass, covering up to eight people in a vehicle, is only $80.

Camping at Lake Burbury. Photo: Revolution MTB

6. Find dining deals and self-cater

Taco Tuesday. Wednesday parma night. Friday happy hour. Kids eat free. Two-for-one pizzas. Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive if you keep your eyes peeled for special offers. Consider self-catering sometimes too. Lunch could be as simple as supermarket rolls, ham, cheese and fruit, or find a free public barbecue.

If you have access to a kitchen, DIY breakfast, pack a picnic or cook up a quick pasta dinner. Bring your own water bottle so there’s no need to pay for what’s free from a tap.


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