3 Best Hostels in Hobart – An Unforgettable Boutique & Social Experience in Tasmania’s Capital City

3 Best Hostels in Hobart, Tasmania Australia

Ah yes, the stunning island of Tasmania, just south of mainland Australia. It’s home to endless hiking trails, gorgeous natural landmarks and the best hostels in Hobart.

Whilst there is so much to explore and experience on this island, we dedicate this guide to the absolute coolest hostels in Hobart. Whilst you only need one, we include the top 3 to make sure different traveller’s needs are met.

Psst! This collection is part of our epic guide to the 34 best hostels in Australia.

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  1. Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse – Best for Couples and Female Solo-Traveler
  2. The Pickled Frog Backpackers – perfect for solo travellers
  3. The Nook Backpackers – ideal for backpackers

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This backpacker hostels collection is all about social vibes, cosy log wood fires and central locations that open doorways to great nightlife and memorable local markets.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

Looking for fun things to do in Hobart and beyond? Here’s our guide to 22 FUN things to do in Tasmania.

Make sure you take a look at our handy map towards the end of this guide. It lists all of the top sights worth knowing about in the area.

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Quick Introduction to Hobart

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Hobart cost 20€ – 25€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 45€ up to 120€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

Huon Valley: Whilst you’re in Hobart we also suggest a visit to nearby Huon Valley which is an easy 30 minute drive. Pilgrim Hill is a brand new off-grid Christian hostel in Lucaston and a good base for exploring the area. From apple orchards to Hartz Mountains and thermal springs – it’s gorgeous.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Hobart

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Hobart.

  1. Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse
  2. The Pickled Frog Backpackers
  3. The Nook Backpackers

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: The Pickled Frog Backpackers
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse
👫 For Socializing:The Pickled Frog Backpackers
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: The Nook Backpackers
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Hobart Central YHA
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse
🎒 For Backpackers:The Nook Backpackers

1. Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse

It’s no exaggeration to say that staying at Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse will be the highlight of your time in Hobart. Tasmanian couple Antony and Rose have done superbly in setting up a homely, cosy and luxurious little hostel that’s perfect for an array of different travellers.

Let’s cut to the chase and show you some of the absolute highlights:

  • Large kitchen & dining table (seating 20)
  • Balconies with mountain views
  • Sitting room with a log fire
  • Garden, BBQ, picnic tables and
  • Two friendly hostel dogs

This hostel has won numerous awards since it opened in 2014, and it’s no wonder really. You’ll feel at home as soon as you walk through the doors.

This really feels more like a boutique accommodation than a hostel.

Get ready for vintage design, high ceilings and polished wooden floors inside a building dating back to 1891 – wow!

Enjoy ‘hotel’ perks in every room: woollen duvets, a towel, high-quality mattresses and hotel-quality linen. Shared dorms are kept small and each bed has a reading light, shelf and power point.

If you need to get some work done, the super fast and free wifi will certainly help you out. Free parking and luggage storage is also thrown in.

Location: In the historic village of Battery Point, just 5 minutes from the famous Salamanca Market and central Hobart.

This is one of the best hostels in Hobart for

  • Female solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Older travellers / adults
  • Digital nomads
Book Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. The Pickled Frog Backpackers

When you’re walking down lively Liverpool Street, look out for the kermit green building and you’ve found The Pickled Frog Backpackers!

Speaking from experience, inside the building is just as fun.

It’s a wonderfully laid out property, with a huge downstairs area that’s made up of a huge reception area, games room, cafe-bar, living area, kitchen and bedrooms.

We especially enjoyed the log fires dotted around the communal areas keeping everything nice and cosy.

What else is there to look forward to?

  • Free tours to local sights (check the events board)
  • Live music & comedy nights
  • Daily Happy Hour
  • Pool table, Netflix, book corner

Honestly, if you’re all about social vibes and endless activities, this is the hostel for you.

The free tours include trips to the infamous MONA Museum and a walk up Hartz Mountain. (This is a great deal as many of these attractions are over a 45 minute drive away and difficult to reach without a car.)

Before you head off grab a cup of organic coffee, and look forward to affordable drinks at the bar when you get back.

Rooms choices include private doubles, female and mixed dorms. The shared rooms include a locker, cosy blankets and of course, that all important bed linen.

Whilst this isn’t technically a party hostel, it is the closest you will get to a party vibe. Bear this in mind and make sure you book a room upstairs away from the communal area if you want some quiet time.

Location: On a quiet stretch of Liverpool Street, an easy 5-minute walk to the centre of Hobart and great nightlife.

This is one of the best hostels in Hobart for

  • Solo travellers
Book The Pickled Frog Backpackers here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

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3. The Nook Backpackers

Right in the heart of Hobart, The Nook Backpackers is a Tasmanian owned and operated hostel run by lifelong locals. It’s our #3 choice that’s a no-frills cheap accommodation in Hobart.

Looking for a great backpackers in Hobart? This is easily the best Hobart backpackers accommodation on offer.

It’s important to know that this isn’t a party hostel and there is a strict no noise policy after 11pm. This is ideal for those that like to snooze at a reasonable time!

There’s a bunch of great facilities to help settle you in, such as:

  • Brand-new outdoor kitchen w/ BBQ & pizza oven
  • Newly renovated indoor kitchen
  • Cosy living room
  • Bicycle hire
  • Free tea & coffee

Another cool perk of staying here is the twice weekly free transport to the top of Mt Wellington!

If you’re keen to stay for a while in the city, have a chat with the staff about long-term rates. They also offer special discounts for students.

Choose between a private or shared dorm. They vary in size and some of the bunk beds come with a privacy curtain.

Location: Located on a quiet street only a short 5 minute walk from Hobart central business district. There are many highly rated pubs and cafes in close proximity worth checking out.

This is one of the best hostels in Hobart for

  • Backpackers
  • Couples
Book The Nook Backpackers here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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What about cheapest hostels in Hobart?

Of course, there is always cheap Hobart accommodation to consider. Forget hotels Hobart!

We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.


The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Hobart.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Hobart
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.

Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.

A couple of examples of cheap hostels in Hobart (that also have low ratings) include:

  1. Tassie Backpackers at The Brunswick Hotel
  2. Imperial Backpackers Hobart aka Backpackers Imperial Hotel

Note: We include these here because we recognise that many of you search for these hostels. Yet, we wouldn’t personally recommend them.

Best Hostels in Hobart for Solo Travellers?

What is seriously the best hostel in Hobart for solo-travellers?

Honestly, it really depends on what kind of atmosphere you’re looking to experience. Therefore, we recommend a few different hostels to suit your style:

Overall, we recommend The Pickled Frog Backpackers as this hostel is the best designed for solo travellers thanks to their frequent tours, onsite bar and huge communal areas.

Narrara Backpackers is one of the best hostels in Hobart, Tasmania Australia
Narrara Backpackers

Party Hostels in Hobart

The good thing about Hobart city is that everything is close in proximity. So, it doesn’t really matter which hostel you stay in because you will have easy access to nearby nightlife.

The Pickled Frog Backpackers offers a party-like vibe, though it isn’t technically a party hostel. They offer an onsite bar and daily Happy Hour to get the night started well. Be aware that communal areas are locked during the night.

Alternatively, you could stay at the gorgeous Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse. Enjoy the relaxed, family atmosphere here after a night on the town with new found friends.

Best Youth Hostels in Tasmania?

If you’re in search of a great youth hostel, we highly recommend Hobart Central YHA.

This is the most central of all the hostels in this city, right opposite the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

As every good youth hostel does, this YHA includes plenty of communal spaces and many room types. From small 4-bed mixed dorms and female only dorms, to double rooms with an ensuite and family rooms – it’s your choice!

Hobart Central YHA typically attracts younger solo travellers and the 12-bed mixed dorm offers a great chance to meet them.

Book Hobart Central YHA here

Compare prices and check availability at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.

Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Here is the overview:

  1. Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. The Pickled Frog Backpackers: Hostelworld
  3. The Nook Backpackers Hobart: Booking.com | Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!

All of Hobart best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Hobart. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

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Our Favorite Hostels in Hobart put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Hobart hostels on a map.

Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

Don’t forget to check out the top 22 FUN things to do in Tasmania whilst you’re there.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

  • MONA
  • Mount Wellington
  • Salamanca Market
  • Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
  • Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
  • Battery Point Sculpture Trail

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Flights to Hobart?

Good to know: Hobart airport is around 23km from the city center, taking about 20 minutes to drive between.

We use Skyscanner and Omio.com to find cheap flights and good connections all over the globe.

Skyscanner has a bunch of cool features like Multi-City Trip. Instead of doing this research step-by-step, Skyscanner offers this flight planning tool.

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Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

What should I visit in Hobart?

Check out our handy map which pinpoints all of the must see sights in Hobart.

Which city is better Hobart or Launceston?

Hobart is a bigger city than Launceston, and both are surrounded by amazing nature and nearby top sights. In terms of hostels, Hobart has many more than Launceston. Personally, we enjoyed Launceston for the smaller, more intimate feel.

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Over to you

There you have it, a guide to some of the best hostels Tasmania has to offer!

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This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

At Hostelgeeks we will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. Our promise is to only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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