Hobart Budget Holiday Guide

In Hobart you’ll find loads of cheap dining options, complimentary tours and free or low entry fee museums, activities – not to mention those amazing surrounds that won’t cost you a cent to enjoy. Think of it as exploring the Discovery, History and Travel channels without the monthly contract.

Day 1: Even if you arrived in chains, this day would come in under budget:

  • Get your cheapie’s on the heavenly scent and taste of freshly baked bread, coffee and croissants from Jackman & McRoss Bakery. Mains start at $1.50 so stock up on pastries for the day ahead too.
  • There are more hens teeth than 200 year old buildings around Australia. But at the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery you get to see one in the flesh. Learn what life as a convict was like on a free guided tour Wed to Sun.
  • Pick up some discount art and bling at the Aspect Design studios. Local glassmakers and jewellery designers craft pieces before your eyes that can be bought in the showroom.
  • Tuck in to different specials Tues-Sat for around $12 at the Montgomery Hotel, one of Hobart's favourite meeting places. Free pool, darts and jukebox every Thursday night too.

Day 2: Take a step back in time to historical houses, museums – and breweries!

  • You’ll find great coffee without the pretentious prices at the Island Café, where they slow cook their own beans. There’s a delicious lunch menu too from around $9 for salads, home-made burgers and baked potatoes with a concoction of hearty fillings.
  • You think YOU can’t afford a holiday! At the Rosny Historic Centre, you’ll see Hobart life circa 1815. There’s a school house gallery, barn and cottage museum with over 3000 bits, pieces, photographs and books. And it’s free.
  • Keep the kids entertained at the Tasmanian Transport Museum rail museum where train rides and exhibits of carriages, trolley buses, steam engines and more costs less than $20 for a family of four.
  • What is it about Tassie beer that just tastes so....ahhhhh? Find out at Australia’s oldest temple to the Gods of barley, the Cascade Brewery—your tour includes a tasting session of worldwide darling, Cascade Premium and others.

Day 3: You’ll find some of Hobart’s best, and cheapest, entertainment by just drifting around:

  • Supposedly there are more than 6000 exotic and native plant species at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (who would ever know if they’re lying?). Anyway, there sure are plenty across the 14 hectares, along with some sights we can confirm – beautiful big trees older than all of us and a very unflustered Japanese Garden.
  • Every Friday to Sunday, the Island Markets in Moonah come to life with cheap fresh vegies, art, crafts, books and more—not to mention some priceless people watching.
  • Some of the world’s cleanest air won’t cost you a cent on a hearty hike along the Mount Nelson and Truganini Reserve. There’s even a lookout and picnic lunch area mid-way through the 90-odd minute bushwalk.
  • After all the self-control you’ve shown over the past few days order a round or two of beers at the art deco Telegraph Hotel with $10 gourmet pizzas, steak and chips or fresh cooked ocean trout.

Recommended Hobart Budget Hotels:

  • Stay close to the action at the Brunswick Hotel Hobart. You can choose from dormitory and private rooms. There’s also an onsite restaurant with stone grills for some hearty gorge-fests.
  • For something quieter, head 10-minutes drive out of Hobart to the Waterfront Lodge on the banks of the Derwent River. Heat up the barbeque area and have a swim in the pool.
  • There are amenities galore at Motel 429 in Hobart’s Sandy Bay - a gym, 40-jet spa and cedar sauna—and some rooms overlook the river.

See the list below for more Hobart Budget Hotels.

3 self rated
17-19 Cavell Street Hobart 7000 Australia

Built in 1915, Motel Mayfair on Cavell is a historical property offering comfortable accommodation, 10 minutes' walk from Hobart's CBD (Central Business District). Some rooms have a relaxing spa bath....more

3 star
153 Risdon Road Hobart 7008 Australia

Located on the Derwent River, Waterfront Lodge is just 10 minutes’ drive from Hobart CBD (Central Business District). Facilities include a BBQ area, outdoor swimming pool and a guest lounge overlookin...more

4 star
429 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay Hobart 7005 Australia

Overlooking the turquoise waters of Sandy Bay, Motel 429 features a sauna and a fitness centre with views over the Derwent River. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels is standard in all rooms. All...more

3 self rated
346 Cambridge Road Warrane 7018 Australia

Featuring a BBQ area and large children’s playground, Discovery Parks – Mornington Hobart offers self-catering accommodation just 8 km from Hobart city centre. The beautifully maintained grounds have...more


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