If you are thinking about visiting Victoria and Tasmania on whirlwind trip at little expense, these simple tips for transport, places to stay, food and drink will allow you to sample all the delights of the Hobart without hurting the pocket.


Pre-Departure Food

When starting your trip in Melbourne, you can get some awesome cheap eats and a killer coffee in Melbourne’s CBD.  Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar in Bourke Street has been a Melbourne icon since opening in the 1940s and offers hearty food at heart-warmingly affordable prices, especially if you share the large servings. Food like Nona makes, strong coffee and decor straight out of a time capsule make this little place special and full of character (and characters).


Book the Cruise

Next, head to Station Pier, in Port Melbourne, and board the Spirit of Tasmania cruise ship. At $79, it is one of the cheapest ways to cross Bass Strait. If you have a car, you can drive it onto the ship for an $89 extra.  On board, you’ll find a cinema, bars, dining areas and snacks for sale.



On arriving in Devonport, jump on the express bus to Hobart, which operates six days a week and costs $56.50 (student discounts available). Alternatively, if you have a car or campervan, the four hour drive to Hobart passes many historic villages, Georgian country homesteads and stunning scenery along the way.


Cheap Accommodation in Hobart

Seeking out affordable backpacker hostel accommodation should be the first task on your list when you reach Hobart. You can find comfortable beds from $20 per night, including those at the lively The Pickled Frog, to the friendly Transit Backpackers and recently refurbished Hobart Hostel.


Free & Low Cost Things to Do in Hobart

Nestled on the banks of the Derwent River and backed by the intimidated bulk of Mount Wellington, Hobart is a small maritime town that is relaxed and full of character.

Low or no cost things to do in Hobart include the outdoor Salamanca Markets held every Saturday in Salamanca Place, a stroll around the historic precinct of Battery Point and a bus trip up Mount Wellington for stunning views and to take a hike along the many walking trails from the summit. Thrill seekers will enjoy a fast-paced descent cycling tour from the summit to sea level.

Take a tour of the grandly gothic Cascade Brewery, a day trip to the infamous penal colony of Port Arthur, catch a ferry upriver to the amazing MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) or explore the city’s many cafes and art galleries.


Top Places to Eat & Nightlife

Food and wine are important ingredients in this city’s psyche and seafood is a specialty here. You don’t have to splash out on a big night out at a top seafood restaurant. Scrumptious fish and chips on a pier by the river will do very nicely. At night, Hobart’s cosy, timber lined old pubs are convivial places to hang out, with the bonus of live music. 


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