The great thing about living in Australia is that every region on the continent, from south to west, offers something different, unexplored and unexpected. Even if youâ€™ve lived here your whole life, thereâ€™s no way you can say youâ€™ve seen it all. Tasmania has some of the most unique and beautiful surroundings in the world, some left untouched and much of it exposing a rich Australian history we can be proud of.
Stanley Tasmania is one such hidden gem on the North West coast. If youâ€™re up for a holiday on a budget without leaving the homeland, yet still be able to claim youâ€™ve been overseas; Tasmania is a great place to consider travelling. Stanley is a town experiencing a surge in popularity due to the Stanley Hotel being featured on Australian hit reality TV show, Masterchef.
Stanley has a lot to offer those seeking to travel on a budget, and still experience something truly unique. Make the most out of your trip by considering these money-saving tips, cheap accommodation options and affordable places of interest within the Stanley region.
Things to Do
There are a lot of free and low cost places to see and things to do in Stanley. Here are a few of the handpicked best:
The Stanley Hotel â€“ Masterchef Australia
If youâ€™re a fan of Masterchef, you might be interested to know that the Stanley Hotel was featured in an episode of the popular TV show. This quaint little pub has an authentic, family friendly atmosphere with a superb view of the vast sandy beaches and stunning green hills. It also offers cottage-style accommodation that are very affordable for the family. Itâ€™s a bit of a three in one; where you can see, eat and stay â€“ a cosy and traditional way to spend your time at Stanley.
Get to know the history of Stanley Tasmania at the Discovery Museum & Genealogy Centre. Browse antiques, photographs, tools of the settlement era, 1850 wedding gowns and learn more about the areaâ€™s rich maritime history. Itâ€™s a great place to take the kids and perfect for a budget holiday. Adult entry fee is just $3. You can even do a genealogy search and discover the history of your family for $10 (optional).
Tour the Tarkine
Take a long or short walk through some of the wildest rainforests and bushwalk through some amazing natural locations. Great for those who seek the great outdoors, there are a number of different sites to experience; the stunning coastline, Norfolk range, Meredith range, Grand Rivers, caves and untouched wilderness. You can also camp on one of the many campsites situated in the national park.
The great thing about Stanley is that thereâ€™s so much to do, all youâ€™ll really need in terms of accommodation is somewhere to sleep after all that exploring! Donâ€™t be afraid of low cost accommodation, hostels and hotels are very clean and well-maintained. Some popular cheap places to stay are Abbeyâ€™s Cottages, Stanley Hotel and Stanley Cabin & Tourist Park, which also has camping and caravan options.
Eating and Dining
Of course you will have to experience some of the local produce, but to save money on food, stock up on groceries on your first day, or bring food from home. Prepare a picnic basket; sandwiches, fruit and other snacks to eat while you relax in the national park.
Make an Itinerary with Costs Included
Â So far, weâ€™ve outlined a few of the main highlights, food options and accommodation in Stanley Tasmania to aid your planning process. But as it is a budget holiday, it is important to know all the things youâ€™re going to spend money on before you make your trip a reality. When youâ€™ve made a list of all the places youâ€™re going to visit, the duration of your stay and the amount youâ€™re willing to spend on things like accommodation, spending money, food and tour fees, you will be much more inclined to stick to your budget.
Some General Tips
- Travel during the mid-year or off-peak times if possible, it can save you money
- Keep a look out for deals, discounts and offers during off and on peak season and you can grab a good bargain by booking very early, or at the last minute
- If youâ€™re booking with friends or more than one family, share the cost to minimise your individual spending
- Be on the lookout for all-inclusive deals. Pay a fixed cost for food, accommodation and activities
- Plan activities beforehand to avoid spending too much time deciding what to do while you are there
Stanley Tasmania is a true gem of a vacation spot and is sure to make travelling on a budget memorable and enjoyable. No matter which part of Australia you are from, visiting Tasmania will provide unique landscapes and a get away atmosphere. Enjoy your vacation!