6 things to do in Tasmania under $10
You don’t need to be sleeping on quilted cash to enjoy the magic of this island state.
Tasmania - or Tassie as the Aussies call it - is a place of untapped wonder. Think rugged wilderness for days, gorgeous beaches and some of the freshest produce you’ll ever stuff in your gob. So what to do on this great Southern Island? We’ve got you .... and your little budget too.
Tassie is almost all protected bushland, so there’s plenty of the great outdoors to explore. Mount Wellington is a must if you’re in Hobart. There are buses that run out that way, or it’s a half-hour drive to the track. On the walk, you’ll find the Jurassic-esque rock formations called The Crocodile and the Organ Pipes - the latter is a hit with rock climbers. Pack a picnic and take your time.
Safety first though: don’t even think about going bush without good shoes, warm clothes, plenty of water and a map.
Stop by Pigeon Whole Bakers and grab a bagel and a coffee for under 10 bones. Or, if it’s more your style, get involved in their croissants. Either way, it’s a big fat ‘oui’.
If you want to kill two birds with one stone, head to Machine Laundry Cafe in Salamanca Square to enjoy a coffee while you do a load or two of laundry.
Wet your whistle
Thirsty? Why not head to Willie Smith’s Apple Shed in Tassie’s Huon Valley for an organic French-style cider. An easy 25 minute drive from Hobart, here you can taste four generations of Smith family apples (yum) and explore their beautiful grounds - all for the price of a cold one. Here, organically-grown apples are juiced, fermented and bottled all on the farm. Grab a seat on one of the cosy couches and savour the flavour.
While you’re there, get a lesson on the history of apple farming, taste a little something-something from their menu of seasonal and sustainable produce and, of course, wet your whistle. With plenty of free events on, it’s well worth keeping an eye on their website. There’s plenty more to do while you’re down that way too. For example, visit the historic seaside town of Franklin. On the last Sunday of every month, they hold markets where you can chow down on delicious produce
Get a doughnut. Hell, get two!
A corner bakery on Harrington Street in Hobart, Queen’s Pastry has a 1930s feel to it with mint and white tiles and the mouth-watering smell of freshly baked goods. You could spend the better half of a day here eating the doughnuts that are cooked on the hour. And there’s plenty to sample, including the most recent addition to the menu: a Reece's Peanut Butter Cup-filled doughnut. YAS. Perfect fuel for heading into the wilderness.
Hit the gardens
Pack a picnic and bring a book to Tassie’s Royal Botanical Gardens. A short walk or drive from Hobart’s city centre, it’s a great way to get back to some very well-manicured nature. Sprawled across 14-hectares, you can spend the whole day here and still want more time to explore. Plant nerds: there’s plenty to see, including the largest collection of mature conifers in the Southern Hemisphere. Best of all, it’s FREE. More money for doughnuts. (Note the plural.)
Go berry picking
Take foraging to the nek level. At Hillwood Berry Farm, just 30 minutes north of Launceston, you can pick your own berries for a doable $10 per kilogram.
At the farm, you’ll find 10 hectares of tabletop strawberries and five of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Talk about fresh. Way better than picking them off a supermarket shelf.
For more Tassie adventures and how-to, check this out.