Your Tasmania itinerary – 4 road trip ideas on the cheap

Your Tasmania itinerary – 4 road trip ideas on the cheap

Tasmania is a pure nature gem, a travel experience at one edge of the world – for a 3 days or 3 weeks stay, find out your Tasmania itinerary and get road trip ideas.

Tasmania itinerary – Road trip ideas for hiking and sightseeing in nature


Your Tasmania itinerary – routes, travel tips and budget

1. Car rental cost

Rent a small car – sleep in tent

A small car rental will start from 20 $ a day. It’s cheap but you will have no space to sleep inside. Which means to invest in a tent and sleeping gear. Nights are quite cold in Tasmania.

Where to rent a car?

1.Directly at car rental companies in Hobart, Launceston or Devonport. They are the main pick up and drop off locations on the island.

  • Bargain car rentals
  • Avis
  • Europcar
  • Enterprise

2.Through travel agencies which are oriented to backpacking and budget traveling. They often have deals with local rental companies. Plus, the travel agency takes care of finding the best deals according to your needs and budget.

  • Sta Travel

3.Use price comparators to compare deals before renting a car in Tasmania

Campervans – or how to camp more comfortably

Some of us are fans of sleeping in the tent on a road trip – adventurous and back to simple way of life. Others, especially during fresh nights in Tasmania, will prefer spending a bit more money and sleep inside the car. If you count yourself in the second option, you will need a SUV or a camper van. Thus, you will have space to put a mattress at the back. Prices start around 45$ a day.

Useful links to rent a camper van in Tasmania

Some companies offering cheap campervan rentals:

Run searches through price comparators to find cheaper campervans

Travel tips for every Tasmania itinerary

Search and compare car rental companies!

For backpackers who travel on the cheap I’ll mention The wicked campers.  From small cars to family camper vans, their service includes camping gear and mattresses/roof tents. The cars look smaller in reality though. They are quickly out of vehicles, especially in summer. They add booking fees and pick up drop off is only in Hobart.

I also recommend Sta Travel. They offer good rates, quick booking and a vast range of modern vehicles available (from small cars to SUVs).

2. Fuel prices.

You pay around 1.50$ for Unloaded. It’s basically comparable to Australia’s mainland fuel rates. But in Tasmania, expect to spend quite a lot on fuel. Plenty of roads are gravel roads, in the forest or national parks. Check the car’s consummation before hiring.

Hot travel tips: the app! Awesome to know where petrol stations are located in Tasmania – and their prices.

3. Accommodation during the trip.

Free camp spots

 My travel tip is to use free camp spots as much as possible. First, they are amazing places to find in pure nature. Second, it’s quite difficult to find cheap accommodation in Tasmania. Because there are a lot of national parks and little towns in Tassie. Hobart, Launceston, Queenstown… can be your base (around 30$ a night at hostels). From there, prefer free camping. Note that some camp spots might require a 5$ AUD fee to use facilities.

The magical apps: / wikicamp

Hostels for backpackers in Tasmania

In bigger towns like Hobart and Devonport, count around 30$ a night in dormitories. Hostels for backpackers in Tasmania are quite expensive and fully booked in summer.

In Hobart go to the Narrara backpackers – cheap, tidy and very good vibes. Special mention to the owner Mo, a truly nice person.

4. Tasmania national park fees.

The holiday person pass covers all parks including Cradle mountain.

It’s your best option if you visit Tasmania for a few weeks – 60$ for one car / valid up to 8 weeks.

Get detailed info on Tasmania’s national parks passes to choose the best one for you.

5. Food budget

Around 150$ a week for 4 persons.

4 road trip ideas – choose a Tasmania itinerary according to your time schedule

When is the best time to explore the island? In summer – between December and February. It’s otherwise really chill and rainy, even snowy in the mountains. But summer is also the touristic season in Tasmania. What also means higher prices.

 Tasmania itinerary in the North and centre

Relax in Hobart and go for a nice day trip to Tasman Peninsula

3 days


Tasman Peninsula – Eaglehawk Neck, Port Arthur, Remarkable Cave

Back to Hobart airport

7 days

Hiking, nature photography and sea


Tasman Peninsula

Maria island

Freycinet/ Coles Bay


Bay of Fire

Self drive itinerary along the East Coast, in the Centre and South

15 days

City, nature and hiking. A complete overview of Tasmania.


East Coast


Cradle Mountain

Lake St-Claire

Bruny island

Tasmania itinerary: the loop from the East to the West

21 days

Tasmania from the East to the West passing by the South. Full loop.


East Coast


Bruny Island

Macquarie / Strahan



Road trip itinerary in Tasmania – on maps

3 days itinerary – from Hobart to Hobart

7 days itinerary – the East Coast of Tasmania

15 days Tasmania road trip – Hobart, East Coast, Centre

21 days – the Tasman loop – from the South to the East, West and Centre

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