Backpacking Tasmania

The term backpacker is one that has historically been used to denote a form of low-cost, independent international travel. Terms such as independent travel and, or budget travel are often used interchangeably with backpacking. Factors that differentiate backpacking from other forms of tourism include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • use of public transport as a means of travel
  • preference of youth hostels to traditional hotels
  • length of the trip versus conventional holidays
  • use of a backpack
  • an interest in meeting locals as well as seeing the sights of the chosen destination

Backpacker Accommodation Tasmania

From luxury lodge to backpacker hostel, farmstay or boutique Bed and Breakfast, Tasmania offers you a range of accommodation options for every budget and travelling style. No matter what your preference or budget, Tasmania has a style of accommodation that not only meets your requirements, but offers that something different. If you are planning a Tasmania backpacker holiday, our website should be able to help. We can point you in the right direction for accommodation for your budget and style preferences. Many people ask us what styles of accommodation are most popular in Tasmania. For simplicity, we’ve categorised accommodation into the following groups:

  • Luxury – more than just accommodation, but not normally the domain of the backpacker
  • Self-contained and serviced – arguably the most popular in Tasmania and may be for the more affluent backpacker!
  • Guest and home hosted – also known as B&Bs, for a personal Tasmania experience
  • Hotels – all shapes, sizes prices and locations
  • Backpackers – for those who are budget conscious, or just prefer to save on accommodation costs
  • Caravan Parks – very popular in Tasmania. Typically well priced, clean and operated by friendly locals.

Backpacker accommodation and youth hostels add character and flavour to your Tassie travelling experience where finding an affordable, cheap comfortable bed is just the beginning. If you’re travelling with a pack on your back, there are loads of great places to rest your head and share stories with like-minded people. Tasmania’s backpacker hotels, motels, bunkhouses, dormitories and youth hostels have a reputation for being clean and comfortable and very good value for money. Some establishments are individually owned and operated, others are part of a backpackers network. Room types vary from town to town. Some offer dormitory rooms, others provide a choice of dormitory, double, twin and single rooms. In most cases, bathroom and kitchen facilities are shared amongst other guests. Communal dining and living areas are great for meeting people and finding out about where to go next. If you’re not travelling with a sleeping bag, you can generally hire bed linen and laundry facilities are nearly always available so you can catch up on washing.

Backpacking conjures up images of outdoor activities where a backpacker packs all of his or her gear into a backpack including food, water, and shelter, or the means to obtain them, but very little else, and often in a more compact and simpler form than one would use for stationary camping. A backpacking trip must include at least one overnight stay in the wilderness, otherwise it is a day hike. Many backpacking trips last just a weekend but long-distance expeditions may last weeks or months, sometimes aided by planned food and supply drops. Tasmania is a perfect destination for backpacking due to its reasonable small and compact size and diversity of activities on offer including bushwalking, surfing, diving, 4WD driving and cycling. The definition of a backpacker has evolved as travellers from different cultures and regions participate and will continue to do so, preventing an air-tight definition. Research has found that backpackers constitute a heterogeneous group with respect to the diversity of rationales and meanings attached to their travel experiences. They also displayed a common commitment to a non-institutionalised form of travel, which was central to their self-identification as backpackers. Backpacking as a lifestyle and as a business has grown considerably in the 2000s as the commonplace of low-cost airlines,hostels or budget accommodation in many parts of the world, and digital communication and resources make planning, executing, and continuing a long-term backpacking trip easier than ever before.