15 May, 2024

The Student’s Guide to Holidaying in Tassie

Tasmania is the ultimate destination for students on a holiday budget.

It’s no secret that Tasmania is the ultimate destination for students on a holiday budget. With its breathtaking outdoors, vibrant arts and culture scene, and delectable local food and wine, it's a paradise waiting to be explored. Whether you’re hiking through national parks, immersing yourself in cultural delights, or indulging your taste buds, Tasmania has it all. So, if you’re a student itching for a weekend getaway or a week-long adventure, here’s everything you need to know about holidaying in Tasmania.

Cradle Mountain. Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Michael Walters Photography

Budget-Friendly Accommodations in Tasmania

Tasmania offers a range of affordable accommodation options that ensure both comfort and camaraderie. Hostels like Hobart's Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse or Launceston Backpackers provide cosy rooms with communal facilities, perfect for mingling and swapping travel tales.

Alternatively, Airbnb offers a variety of budget-friendly options, from private rooms to shared apartments, catering to solo travellers or groups. Hot tip: look for listings outside major tourist areas for better rates. And for the nature enthusiasts, Tasmania's national parks provide numerous free and paid campsites, allowing you to commune with nature without breaking the bank.

Ride the Vines tour. Photo: Osborne Images

Travel on a Budget

In city-centric areas like Hobart and Launceston, metro buses offer student discounts on fares, while hiring a bike provides an economical way to explore the cities and their surroundings. If you prefer the freedom to venture into remote areas, consider renting a car with friends and splitting the costs. If you’d like to travel in the comfort of our own car, head to Tassie from the mainland via our ship for an affordable and scenic journey.

Lace up your hiking boots and embark on adventures through iconic walks and hikes across Tasmania's extensive network of hiking trails. You’ll be spoilt for choice, so why not join Tassie Travel’s Student Travel Club instead? It’s an excellent way to explore while making new friends and saving money.

Port Arthur Historic Site. Photo: Tourism Australia

Top Affordable Attractions in Tasmania

Tasmania boasts natural wonders and cultural experiences aplenty, many of which are free or budget-friendly. Start with a visit to the iconic Port Arthur Historic Site to delve into Australia's convict history, then head through Battery Point's historic architecture.

Don't miss the opportunity to explore museums and art galleries across Tasmania, including the iconic MONA for contemporary art exhibitions, or the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery for a glimpse into Tasmanian history and Aboriginal culture. In Launceston, discover galleries like the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.

Nature lovers can embark on budget-friendly adventures to a multitude of breathtaking destinations across Tasmania. From Freycinet National Park and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park to Mount Field National Park and the Bay of Fires Conservation Area, Tasmania's natural wonders beckon exploration.

Salamanca Market. Photo: Tourism Australia

Best Cheap Eats

Sampling Tasmania's culinary delights doesn't have to break the bank, thanks to an abundance of budget-friendly options. Head to local markets like Salamanca Market in Hobart or Harvest Launceston Farmers' Market for fresh produce and gourmet snacks at affordable prices.

For budget-friendly eats, seek out local bakeries, cafes, and take away joints. Don't miss the renowned Jackman & McRoss in Hobart for delectable pastries and savoury pies. And when it comes to local seafood, you’ll be spoilt for choice to try mouthwatering fish and chips to freshly-shucked oysters. Ask locals where to go to get a bang for you buck.

Saint John Craft Beer. Photo: Chris Crerar

Parties and Events

Tasmania's vibrant cultural scene hosts plenty of budget-friendly entertainment options, from live music gigs to cultural festivals. For unique experiences, don't miss the iconic Dark Mofo festival in Hobart, known for its avant-garde art installations, or the Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival in St. Helens, celebrating local artists against the backdrop of stunning coastal landscapes.

Joining pub crawls or exploring lively spots like The Winston in Hobart or Saint John Craft Beer in Launceston is a fun way to experience Tasmania's nightlife without overspending. Many bars and pubs across the island offer student discounts on drinks, and you can find more happy hours and drink specials on Eat Drink Cheap.

Tasmania offers students a wealth of budget-friendly holiday experiences, from exploring stunning natural landscapes to indulging in delicious local cuisine and vibrant cultural events. By opting for affordable accommodation, utilising budget-friendly transportation options, and seeking out free or low-cost activities, students can enjoy an unforgettable holiday in Tasmania without breaking the bank. So pack your bags, gather your friends, and get ready for your Tassie adventure.


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