Whether you're an international visitor or holidaymaker from mainland Australia, backpacking in Tasmania will be an unforgettable experience for any travel enthusiast on a budget.
The island state is home to fun and friendly backpacker-style accommodation, with great hostels located in all major towns and adjacent to renowned national parks.
Tasmania is ideally explored unrestricted, once you've dropped off your luggage. Heading into the wilderness or along a glorious coastline with nothing but your backpack may turn out to be one of the most liberating and exciting times of your life.
With relatively short distances between major attractions and an extensive coach system, backpackers can cover the island cheaply and efficiently – stopping at each new destination to meet locals and fellow travellers at a hostel.
Small groups or couples can stay in private rooms at cheaper rates than you will find in hotels, while single travellers always appreciate the chance to make friends and save money by checking into a dormitory.
Buildings generally have shared bathroom, laundry and kitchen facilities, along with communal dining and living areas.
Those on a tight budget might also like to consider earning some extra cash along the way by getting involved in casual harvest picking.