Nov 25th, 2005, 06:41 PM
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Myself & teenage son (too young to drive yet) are planning a hol to Tasmania around Apr 2006. Planning on flying to Hobart & leave fr Launceston for about 9-10 days. However the cost of petrol & no one to share cost of car hire can make for an expensive hol. I've heard that trains/buses are of poor service. Coaches?
Also any gd tips on b&b or hostels with private rms?
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Nov 25th, 2005, 10:58 PM
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twilightzone, I am not much help to you except to say we went to Tassie last January and the petrol costs were ok but we shared between four. I can say that trains are non existent but I can't comment on buses. I think Liz from this forum is living there now so I hope she or someone can better help you. If you get there I can assure you you will love it.
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B&Bs aren't usually a cheap option, in fact are often grossly overpriced for the sake of an excess of frilly furnishings and creaking floorboards. Sorry, but you probably won't get much help on hostels on Fodors - I suggest you consult a good travel guide, also www.hihostels.com. Good luck!
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Hi twilightzone,

On my one visit to Tassie I stayed in hostels across the island - all YHA except, if I remember rightly, the place I chose in Hobart (City Backpackers??). I do not know if they had private rooms as I wasn't looking to stay in one at the time.

However, I did once stay at a pub where I had a room of my own - bathrooms down the corridor. Maybe this would be an option for you too. I do agree with Neil 100% that B&B is no longer what it once was - now all that "excess of frilly furnishings" (wonderfully put, Neil) means they are aimed at a different kind of market. Very frustrating.

I hired a car (and changed the date of my return ferry trip so I could stay longer!) when I realised that it was worth it to me to pay for that sort of freedom. But before that I had travelled very happily using a Tasmanian Wilderness travel pass (valid for 10 days).

Now this was back in 1998 and I don't know if the pass is still available - a quick google only turned up one reference - that was on the YHA site. Here it is:


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Nov 26th, 2005, 01:57 AM
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hmmm...I don't have much options do I with Tassie being such a beaut place & I've never been there...am still contemplating...I'm new on this forum so Peteralan, I sincerely don't know who Liz is but happy to talk to her.

I'm sure I'm going to love Tassie...fr what I've read, seen & the rest...
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Nov 26th, 2005, 02:10 AM
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I found Tasmania good value for accommodation if you stay at motels etc. I am not sure of your budget but many places we stayed at were about $70-$80 per night.

Is this too much per night?
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Nov 26th, 2005, 02:28 AM
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If you fancy something a bit more luxurious, try Cradle Mountain Lodge. Lovely resort in the middle of the Tsmania wilderness. Lots of outdoor stuff to do with your teenage son.

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Nov 26th, 2005, 03:03 AM
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tassietwister... that's about what I'm looking for the 2 of us (breakfast incl) even better..if possible.

fuzzylogic...that wilderness pass...how does it work? don't mind sleeping in a pub - never done it as long as not noisy.

luckykat - yes had Cradle Mt in mind as I'm sure my son who love it! Just getting there...the transport issue.
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Nov 26th, 2005, 03:32 AM
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There is a coach trnsfer from Launceston but it depends on whether the price is right for you. unfortunately, I can't give you much more info thats available on their web site. Hope you have fun no matter where you go.
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Nov 26th, 2005, 07:07 AM
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If you will check out the main Tasmania website of discovertasmania.com.au there is lots of information on getting around by regional busses and some backpacker information as well. I personally would never be without a car there - you will miss so much. Consider renting one for only 7 days, which which give you a better cost for a weekly rate.
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Try Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree forums for information on hostels in Tasmania - www.lonelyplanet.com

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twightlight zone,

Pubs are great. First sampled in NZ when I didn't fancy the hostel in Hokitika. Some weeks later I was back in Tassie and had hired the car, and arrived in a town called Deloraine. There was literally no room at the inn. The hostel was full. I checked out hotels, and then (remembering NZ) pubs - full - seems there was a mega wedding in town and all accommodation was taken. So I set off and stopped at the first pub I saw that advertised rooms.

I've been a pub fan ever since.

Re the bus pass. Pay up front - travel on the routes offered within 10 days.
Got me from Devonport to Strachan to Hobart to Bicheno and back to Hobart. Most routes run out of Hobart - you can't for example travel from Strachan to Launceston.
I won't say more as I am not sure it is still available.

Did you check the web site I gave you?
Most YHAs in Tassie have double/twin/single rooms for $55.

Will you and your son be sharing a room? If so then I guess this will be cheapest you can get. But book early as most places don't have very many of them.

Cradle Mt is gorgeous although the hostel there is pretty basic. Recommend Mt Field Nat Park; Freycinet (of course, of course) and Maria Island.

You probably don't have time to get over to the far West.
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I just planned an itinerary for a mom travelling with her 12 year old son and they had the time of their life and are already planning a future trip to Tassie!

Honestly, I've never had a client who's taken a bus or coach in Tasmania - my clients all do a self-drive, with a route I've planned for them, but maybe an option for you is to get a campervan and combine your driving & accommodation in one!

Just a thought!


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We have just returned from a 2 week trip to Tasmania as part of an APT Tour (which is our chosen way of travel). It was a great trip, starting on King Island and then progressing the length and breadth of Tasmania - we saw some wonderful scenery and interesting places - and thoroughly enjoyed it all. Aided by our Guide and Driver who were both Tasmanians and were able to share their very wide knowledge of the areas we travelled in.
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Hi..We live in Tassie, and as most people say, B&Bs are quite expensive. Hotels are much cheaper. You can get buses from the main cities, and there is one that goes to St. Helens on a daily basis (east coast). Caravan parks are also an option. Usually the pubs have a cheap night where you can get steak or scallops for $10..These are well posted. Most visitors to our shop arrange packages car and accomodation, and this to me seems the way to go. It appears to be good value for money. Enjoy your holiday, and tell you son not to forget his fishing rod.
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Nov 30th, 2005, 06:36 PM
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fuzzylogic - had a quick look at the website - yeah something to think about...
Will sharing rm with my son - cheaper option. Yes I'd like to go to Freycinet - had in on my plans

wlzmatilida - would you know of any reasonable car hire apart fr Hertz & Avis? If that's my last resort. I'm not into campervan sort of thing.

JohnMac - can you tell me more on those packages. I'm open to various avenues to plan my trip.

Tassietwister - that figure is about what my budget looks like tops.

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Nov 30th, 2005, 08:23 PM
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Where are you coming from ? In Australia you ought to be able to get a very well priced air and land package including a car.If you are shopping independently and are prepared to be flexible and travel out of school holidays use last.minute.com or wotif.com for cheap hotels .I agree with Neil about B&B's in that they tend to be really overpriced everywhere .I just do not understand how a B&B can be more expensive eg $250 a night with a breakfast basket than a deal in a 4 or 5 Star hotel but they so often are , but that is a whole topic in itself .There is a lot of Tasmanian Travel info - use your search engine .Good luck
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Although B&B's in Tasmania and parts of Victoria tend to be a bit pricier than the rest of Australia, I guess they are charging what their market will bear.

I have here a current copy of The Australian Bed & Breakfast Book (www.bbbook.com.au) which lists 13 B&B's in Tasmania - prices range from avg $130 a double to $163 with FULL BREAKFAST, not a hamper, nowhere is there a listing for $250. Most properties are AAA Tourism listed (same authority which rates hotels, resorts etc) at 4 and 4and a half stars, set in some of the most scenic parts of the state. B&B's have to pay for their AAA rating just the same as hotels, where the cost is spread over many rooms, as well as pay innumerable council and Health Dept rates (food handling licences, etc), not to mention advertising. Its not just a matter of buying a few frilly bedspreads (most are way beyond frills these days) and slapping out a sign, which also requires an expensive council permit and additional public liability insurance (in case someone falls over the sign). Plus, the local knowledge imparted by the hosts often actually saves the guest money.

We paid $25 per head for a breakfast in a small resort the other day, not expensive as far as resorts go, and the breakfast was nowhere near the quality of that served by a decent B&B.

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Dec 1st, 2005, 12:32 AM
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pat woolford ...that's a gem! I will soon dig my fingers deep!
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Dec 1st, 2005, 12:49 AM
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I agree that B&B'S can be expensive in Tassie, but you really have to do you homework on accommodation sites like Wotif. I run a B&B in the Huon Valley and when thinks get a little quiet, i drop the prices accordingly. There are many B&B'S opening around the state and this is tending to drag the prices down to respectable levels.
I also agree that Tassie is leading the country in the tourism field. We are heavily dependant on tourism down here and have some very strict standards to meet before opening. Good luck with the holiday.
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