Words by Sophie Dalwood
Australia has a lot of pretty amazing cities, each with their own personality, features, and hidden gems. So we understand why international students hoping to come to Australia can feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to choosing where to start their new lives. To help, we at Spiible have created, lets call them city profiles, for each of the major cities, to help you choose which city is for you. We hope this makes the decision a little bit easier!
Tasmania is a beautiful little state. Despite being small, it can be expensive to get round and see everything, especially on a student budget. So to help out the world of student travellers, here is the student’s guide to seeing Tasmania!
First off, you need to get down to Tassie, and wherever you are in Australia this is fairly easy to do. You can catch a flight down at relatively low cost, and it will take almost no time, particularly if you’re coming from Melbourne. Alternatively, you can hop on the Spirit of Tasmania, which sails from Melbourne down to the north of Tasmania. It will take you a bit longer, but it’s fairly inexpensive and the views are spectacular!
It might seem obvious, but Tasmania has some beautiful wilderness to explore at little or no cost to you. The Freycinet area has some beautiful beaches to explore, like Coles Bay and Wineglass Bay. There are plenty of walks and lookouts that you can explore yourself. For less experienced hikers, you can take the Cape Tourville walk. This is a fairly easy walk with gentle slopes and allows you a beautiful view of the surrounds. If you are an experienced hiker, you could attempt the walk to the Wineglass Bay Lookout. It’s a longer walk and quite steep, but you are rewarded with breathtaking views of Wineglass Bay.
If you have a little bit to spend, Bridestow Lavender Farm is also a great option. For a small price, you can visit the stunning fields of purple lavender and as a souvenir, get your hands on the now world famous Bobbi the Lavender bear. The lavender fields are in flower around December and January so this would be the perfect time to visit.
The major cities of Tasmania have plenty of attractions, and many of these can be done without spending a fortune.
You wouldn’t want to come to Tassie without visiting the capital, Hobart. At no cost, you can visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery or the Botanical Gardens. And perhaps the most famous attraction of Hobart, Salamanca Markets. Held every Saturday morning, the beautiful market is absolutely free to enter and wander, taking in the various sights, the music of buskers and all the stalls. Once you get in, no doubt you will find something to spend money on, be it food, handmade jewellery or other unique souvenirs. At a reasonable price, you can visit the world famous Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which is now one of Tassie’s most fashionable and popular attractions. There is also the city centre for shopping and the North Hobart or Salamanca strip for a wonderful variety of restaurants.
If you venture north to Launceston, you can explore Cataract Gorge or Tasmanian Design Centre for a very small cost, or the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. You can also visit the Harvest Launceston Farmers Market in the city on Saturdays to try heaps of tasty Tasmanian produce. To see the beautiful Tamar Valley (and taste fantastic wine like classy tourists) you can visit Dalrymple, Pipers Brook or Marion’s vineyard, just to name a few. These are absolutely free to enter if you are going independently. There are plenty of guided tours of the vineyards but they will set you back quite a bit.
If you are looking for a piece of Tasmania’s history, you will find plenty of it all around the state. The historic town of Richmond is a beautiful place to explore. In Hobart you can visit the Cascade Female Factory, Mawson’s Hut Replica or the Penitentiary Chapel. Each of these do have admission or tour cost, but you can easily experience any of these for under $20. Port Arthur is also a main attraction, to really see Tasmania’s history. There are a variety of passes and tickets available, but they do include a lot, and give you the chance to really experience the historic site.
Hopefully this guide will be useful to any students planning a trip to Tasmania. Tasmania has a lot to offer, and a lot of it can be done at little expense if you know where to go! So while you fill up your itinerary with activities, you can spend the money you’ve saved on other things. Maybe you want to lash out on a gourmet meal, stay at a luxury hotel, or spend it all shopping! Enjoy your stay in Australia, and hopefully I’ll see you in Tassie soon!
For more information on the many wonders of Tasmania, check out the Discover Tasmania website.
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