Travel Hobart on a Budget
Hobart, Tasmania’s charming capital, is an ideal playground for budget-conscious travellers. With its vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and a range of affordable activities, there’s no need to break the bank to enjoy this incredible city.
We’ll guide you through a budget-friendly journey in Hobart, showcasing an array of low-cost, high-fun experiences.
Hostels in Hobart cater for all budgets
Hobart boasts a range of hostels that cater to different budgets. Whether you’re seeking a social atmosphere or a quiet night’s rest, there’s a hostel to suit your needs. Sharing a dorm room can significantly reduce your accommodation costs.
Free Hobart walking tour
Get to know the city without spending a cent by joining the Hobart Free Walking Tours. Knowledgeable guides will lead you through the city’s history, culture, and hidden gems while providing tips on budget-friendly dining and activities.
Art and culture
Hobart is a treasure trove of cultural experiences! Here are our top picks.
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a Hobart must-do! Get ready for some very interesting and thought-provoking art and exhibitions! Make sure you book your tickets in advance and plan how you’re going to get there – ferry, drive, taxi/Uber, cycle or public transport. If you’re extra tight on cash, skip the entry fee and wander the impressive grounds and enjoy daily live music on the lawn from 12-4pm.
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is a great budget-friendly option as it’s free with lots of interesting exhibitions.
The Salamanca Arts Centre boasts an array of art galleries, with the added bonus that several of them offer free admission, alongside charming locally handcrafted art boutiques.
And don’t miss the lively and very popular Salamanca Markets for local arts, crafts and food – they’re open every Saturday of the year.
You can also:
- explore Battery Point on foot
- take the Bobby’s Footsteps self-guided walk
- Roam Hobart’s waterfront and grab an ice cream on your walk
- Catch the ferry to Bellerive on the Eastern Shore where you can leisurely stroll along the picturesque beach looking back to the city of Hobart.
When it comes to affordable and delicious dining options, Hobart has some hidden gems waiting to be explored:
- Visit Street Eats @ Franko, which has free live music and good local good trucks
- Pancho Villa has $5 tacos every Tuesday
- Machine Laundry Café is tucked away in Salamanca Square and is a popular café serving up café favourites
- Sawak Café has an array of Malaysian street food dishes
- Jackman and McRoss is renowned for its delectable bakery goods, like croissants, danishes, pies and sandwiches
- Go to Fish Bar and enjoy your fish and chips while soaking up the sun at Bellerive Beach
- Botanica Bar has $16.50 chicken parmigianas daily and happy hour everyday until 7pm
- Happy hour is from 3-5pm at the Raincheck Lounge
- Get half price burgers at Jack Greene on Sundays, and $12 cocktails and $8 pints from 5-7pm on Fridays
- If you’re in the mood for some added entertainment while you dine, Hobart offers lots of free weeknight trivia events to liven up your night.
For nature enthusiasts, drive or take the public bus up to kunanyi/Mount Wellington for spectacular views across Hobart and beyond. There is also an array of walking tracks for all fitness levels, cycling/mountain biking tracks, and if it’s winter you might get to enjoy the snow! You can also warm up by the fire in a historical hut at The Springs. Before you head off though, make sure you check the road to the summit is open.
Visit the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty, diverse plant life and educational exhibits. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or seeking a peaceful outdoor retreat, these gardens offer a delightful experience in the heart of the city.
Other hikes in Hobart we recommend include the 2.6km Reservoirs Circuit at Waterworks Reserve, the 8km Alum Cliffs Track, and the 5km Mount Nelson Signal Station Track for panoramic views of the Derwent River.
Explore beyond Hobart with a group tour
If you’re eager to explore beyond the city, consider joining a group tour from Hobart such as the 4 Day Wild Tasmania Tour. It’s a cost-effective way to see the island, providing local insights, stress-free travel, and the chance to make new friends along the way.
Budget-friendly airlines to Hobart
Hobart, with its captivating mix of history, culture, and natural beauty, is the perfect playground for budget-conscious travellers. Whether you’re exploring the city’s rich heritage, indulging in its culinary delights, or venturing into the pristine wilderness of Tasmania, there are plenty of ways to make the most of your visit without breaking the bank.
Happy budget travelling!