Choosing the right budget accommodation can be tough. Luckily for you, these come recommended by fellow backpackers.

 Meet the finalists for ‘Tasmania: Best Accommodation’ at this year’s Golden Backpack Awards…


Central City

Winner of the TNT Golden Backpacker Award 2008, 2009 and 2011, Central City Backpacker hostel Hobart is located in the heart of the beautiful capital city of Tasmania. It offers clean, comfortable, cheap and cheerful accommodation just around the corner from all that Hobart offers. Visit Salamanca Place, Battery Point, museums, art galleries, the State Library, the Waterfront, the Old Jam Factory, Botanic Gardens, the Cenotaph, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, pubs and clubs. The team also offer great tour and destination advice if you want to see what’s beyond the city.


Cradle Mountain Lodge

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is widely considered one of Australia’s iconic wilderness experiences. Located on the edge of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, one of Tasmania’s premier wilderness regions, it’s a scenic two-hour drive from Launceston and 1.5 hours from Devonport. This rural escape showcases the best Cradle Mountain has to offer with warm hospitality, tasty local food and wine, indulgent spa treatments and breathtaking scenery. Set discreetly in the wilderness, the Lodge offers four different styles of accommodation, from the contemporary Pencil Pine Cabins to the luxurious King Billy Suites. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge provides the perfect haven to escape, rejuvenate, indulge and explore.


Launceston Backpackers

Launceston Backpackers has established itself as one of Tasmania’s best backpacker hostels. The owners are experienced travellers and know what travellers of today expect. The large 100-year-old Federation-style home has been beautifully renovated and retains many of its original features. With a friendly atmosphere, there’s a choice of family, double, twin, en-suite or single rooms and small dormitories.  Launceston Backpackers has an excellent reputation for its top-class facilities and cleanliness. Set in a quiet area of town for a good night’s sleep, it’s still central enough to ensure all your needs are only minutes away. 


Pickled Frog

This hostel offers cheap, clean and comfortable accommodation in the centre of Hobart, perfect for the budget traveller. Built around a historic 1834 stable and pub, The Pickled Frog Backpackers is fun, warm and social with heaps of travel information.  The hostel is owned and operated by Hobart locals who have travelled the world, so know what sort of experience you are after.


Tassie Backpackers

Tassie Backpackers is part of The Brunswick Hotel, the oldest continuously licensed hotel in Hobart, and the second oldest in Australia. Operating since 1827, the Brunswick still features its original convict-built sandstone walls and fireplaces. Tassie Backpackers offers clean rooms, a relaxed, laid-back vibe, spacious communal areas, and the second oldest operating bar in Australia. With a range of budget accommodation for travellers, backpackers and students, it’s smack bang in the heart of Hobart and walking distance to Salamanca.