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Top Tips for Work, Transport & Accommodation – North West Tasmania
So, you’ve decided that Tasmania is the destination for you – but you’re not sure where to start – this is where we can step in and offer some red-hot tips, direct from the locals!
Accommodation in Tasmania – North West Coast
Our biggest tip is to avoid the common mistake many visitors make when they plan to make their way down to Tasmania - not booking their accommodation in advance, but instead wait until they arrive in Tasmania. You may find yourself feeling a little lost and sorry when you’re left struggling to find a place to stay - during peak season, long weekends, school holidays and our summer months, expect Tasmania to be near full capacity - we recommend securing your accommodation well in advance.
Backpacker accommodation or also known as a hostel, is a form of low-cost, short-term shared sociable lodging where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed in a dormitory, with shared use of a lounge and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex and have private or shared bathrooms.
Latrobe Hostel is a new hostel situated in the township of Latrobe just 7 km from the city of Devonport. Priding themselves on their unrivalled social atmosphere and friendly environment, they do everything to ensure you have a great experience.
Molly Malones Pub
Molly Malones is situated in the Devonport CBD, offering a great place to base yourself when touring the north of Tasmania. Backpacker-style accommodation at a great price with a range of rooms available including one and two bedrooms, ensuites and bunks.
The Alexander Hotel
Situated in the heart of Devonport, the Alexander Hotel offers shared facilities with single bed dorms, and two bed (1 bunk) and four bed (2 Bunks) dorm rooms. All rooms include linen, lockers, electric wall heater, free standing fan, and clothes airer. Access to communal areas which include common room/lounge, kitchen, laundry (washer & dryer) and separate male and female bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and free parking.
The Neptune Grand
The Neptune Grand offers clean, comfortable budget style rooms at unbeatable prices. Although these are simple rooms with shared bathroom facilities, the scenic beachside location of the hotel combined with very low rates makes this the perfect choice for many budget travellers, from backpackers through to those simply wishing to stretch their dollar further. And now home to their fabulous new restaurant - you can have some yum cha, share some tasty Asian/Aussie fusion or have a chicken parmy!
The Happy Backpacker Penguin Hotel
1 or 2 bed dormitories with new comfy beds, sheets, pillowcases and doona supplied. Heating in rooms and common areas, with full shared kitchen and lounge, and shared bathrooms and Laundry. Includes free Wi-Fi, locker and parking.
A recreational vehicle park or caravan park is a place where people with recreational vehicles can stay overnight, or longer, in allotted spaces known as "sites" or "campsites".
Latrobe Mersey River Caravan Park
Situated in Bells Parade at Latrobe, near Devonport, the park provides for the motoring tourist (no permanent residents) with Hostel and Cabin accommodation, 36 powered sites, numerous unpowered camping sites and a camp kitchen.
Abel Tasman Caravan Park
The Abel Tasman Caravan Park is uniquely located 1.9kms from the Spirit of Tasmania's unloading ramp making it the closet caravan and cabin park to it. There is an IGA supermarket nearby, bakery, RSL and a pizza shop along with many other shops to service your needs. Sitting on the corner of the Mersey River and Bass Strait which offers amazing views, walks and fishing, this park also welcomes dogs with open arms – yep, they’re a dog friendly caravan park!
Mersey Bluff Caravan Park
Enjoy a spacious and perfectly located campsite with a range of facilities, ensuring you will experience a comfortable, fun and relaxing stay. The campsite offers a BBQ area, amenities block with toilets, showers and laundry facilities.
Lakeside Tourist Caravan Park
Sites are large with private, with powered and unpowered site areas suitable for large groups travelling together. There is also a selection of premium standard cabins including one bedroom for couples or two room family cabins. Beds are super comfy and the cabins are heated and cosy.
Discovery Parks Devonport
Anywhere you travel, absolute waterfront is priceless – but here in Tasmania it is simply magical. Discovery Parks – Devonport (formerly known as Big4 Discovery Parks - Devonport) is the perfect base to discover this stunning coastal region. Ensuite powered sites offer water views in an absolutely idyllic setting. Take advantage of camp facilities including BBQs, camp kitchen and a games room for a change of scene. Pets permitted - must be on leash in park. Got your own bed on wheels? Choose from more than 35 powered sites, also with water views, these sites also cater for motorhomes, fifth wheelers and larger caravans.
Horsehead Creek Riverside Park
This campground is fairly large and is located at the boat ramp with plenty of fishing options available off the pontoon and along the Mersey River. Horsehead Creek Campground is at Quoiba just 5 minutes south from Devonport and it is around an 8 minute drive to the Spirit of Tasmania Devonport terminal. Only available for fully self-contained vehicles, it can accommodate motorhomes, caravans and big rigs. Vehicles must have their own shower, toilet, washing, cooking and sleeping facilities on board and holding tanks to hold both black and grey water for 72 hours. No tent camping is allowed and fires are not permitted.
Camping overnight in a self-contained campers costs $10 per night.
Fees can be paid at the Devonport Visitor Information Centre or via the EasyPark app.
Maximum stay is 72 hours.
Turners Beach Caravan Park (O.C. Ling Memorial Park)
Located between Devonport and Ulverstone on Tasmania's sunny North West Coast, this park offers clean, comfortable cabin accommodation, as well as ensuite caravan sites and grassy camping sites. Equipped with modern facilities for your comfort, including clean amenities block, laundry, take away food, BBQ facilities and a games room (including books, DVD's and games to borrow), the park is also equipped with 2 amenities / laundry blocks and another toilet block and BBQ area.
Forth Recreation Ground – Free Camp Site
You read that correctly, a free camp site – no strings attached, thanks to the friendly town of Forth and the Lions Club! Signage states self-contained vehicles only, with a maximum of 48 hour stay. If you’re looking for a place to base yourself while you work out something more long-term, this is your first stop. There is a toilet block with taps that have safe drinking water, a BBQ facility with picnic tables, playground, petrol station, pub and general store close by. Please note, no power is available on site.
BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park
Offering a range of activities, including a giant inflatable jumping pillow and playground, nearby skate park, bike park and a long stretch of beach patrolled in summer by Ulverstone Surf Lifesaving Club. This park offers acres of bike and walking paths, leading down to Beach Hut Coffee, Pedal Buggies Tasmania and the Ulverstone Waterslide (open in summer).
Buttons Creek Caravan Park
Buttons Creek powered sites are located just 400m from the main BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park. This area is perfect for those that love camping either by themselves or with a group. At Buttons Creek, you are able to make your own little area with a fire pot in the middle and your vans, RVs or tents set up around it. Buttons Creek is open from Christmas until the end of January as well as over the Easter period (depending on bookings). Campers have full use of all facilities in the main park which is just a 2-minute walk away. With access directly onto the beach this is the ideal spot. You will find an amenity block and a laundry on site for your use. Sorry, no pets allowed at this one.
Penguin Caravan Park
This park is situated on the waterfront with amazing views of the ocean and beach, the perfect place to unwind and relax and mingle with other campers or just sit back , read a book, fish, swim or spot a whale, dolphin or seal. Options include large grassy sites, sheltered bank sites, powered sites, non-powered sites, large R.V. friendly spots, gravelled sites, large and small tent sites.
Preservation Bay - Free!
Located next to the Penguin Surf Lifesaving Club right along the coastline, this donation camp is for self-contained motorhomes and caravans (pets allowed). Camping in tents is not permitted. Don't expect to find amenities on site, but you will find a playground, boat ramp and picnic tables. It runs along the main road, however the views are fantastic - and it's free!
Note – the facilities of the Penguin Surf Life Savers Club are not available. Maximum stay is 48 hours.
Pioneer Park Camping Ground Riana
Pioneer Park is located approximately 10km south of Penguin and 1.5km South of Riana. Offering powered and non-powered sites, Pioneer Park also offers hot showers, shelters, septic toilets, barbeques, picnic tables and drinking water. The Riana General Store provides gas refilling and is located approximately 1.5km from the campsites.
A share house is where two or more people rent a single property. There are two types of share house leases: sub-letting and co-tenant. Usually each person will have their own bedroom and typically they will share certain communal areas such as kitchens, bathrooms or living rooms. Generally, living in a share house is a cheaper option compared to living alone, as rent, utilities and, sometimes, food are split between housemates.
Private Share Houses
Contact Name: Liisa
Property Address: William Street, Devonport
Contact Number: 0427 238 176
Availability: Please phone Liisa to discuss availabilities, this share house has up to 3 rooms available throughout the summer.
Contact Name: Jo
Property Address: Panatana Drive, Port Sorell
Contact Number: 0408 270 023
Availability: Please phone Jo to discuss availabilities, currently booked from 09/01/23 - 20/02/23, this share house is actually a self contained unit that would suit a couple.
Contact Name: Leonore
Property Address: Waverley Rd, Don
Contact Number: 0419 532 011
Availability: Please phone Leonore to discuss availabilities, this share house is a two bedroom fully self contained unit on three acres of land, overlooking the Don River. Suitable for four adults sharing (four single beds).
Contact Name: Peter
Property Address: Nixon Street, Devonport
Contact Number: 0419 327 800
Availability: Please phone Peter to discuss availabilities, this share house offers one couple's room and a bunk room (two bunk bed) which can hold up to four people.
Pineberry Retreat is located in West Pine right near one of our farms in Riana, with 6 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 16 people. There is a large kitchen/common area, two inside bathrooms plus an outside bathroom with toilets and shower facilities. There is plenty of room to park your cars and even to play a game of soccer, football - whatever you like! Pineberry Retreat's facilities and features include:
- Fully equipped Kitchen and Dining Area
- Food Storage and fridges
- Laundry facilities with detergent
- Shared Bathroom Facilities
- Free WiFi
- Large common area/kitchen
- Outdoor BBQ
- Free parking
- Grassed area to play soccer or football
- Vegetable garden
- Games- pool table, air hockey, basketball, ping pong
- Large TV with Netflix
- Quiet area to set up your laptop
- Air conditioning
- Portable fans are available for each room
- Secure post delivery
- Your hosts live only a short walk away
Flatmates.com.au is Australia’s No.1 peer-to-peer share accommodation platform, allowing people to list their spare rooms, find accommodation or team up with others to start a share house.
HelpX, short for "Help Exchange", is a barter platform in which people offer or receive homestays, including lodging and food, in exchange for performing agreed-upon tasks for a few hours each day. Types of work include gardening, animal welfare, cooking, and farming, among others. HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, farmstays, hobby farms, lifestyle blocks, homestays, ranches, lodges, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation. HelpX is provided primarily as a cultural exchange for working holiday makers, who would like the opportunity during their travels abroad, to stay with local people and gain practical experience. In the typical arrangement, the helper works an average of 4 hours per day and receives free accommodation and meals for their efforts.
Gumtree connects over 7 million people and has earned its stripes as Australia’s favourite marketplace - and is completely free! You can find listings for share housing, rental accommodation and more. Check back regularly or set up alerts – new listings can appear daily!
Local Facebook groups are a free and easy way to find share houses, rentals and more – check out these exclusive groups for local networks:
- Real Estate Tasmania
- Rentals North/West Tasmania
- Tasmanian Property for Sale or Rent
- Backpackers in Tasmania
- Central Coast Tasmania Noticeboard
- Burnie Tasmania Noticeboard
- Devonport & Surrounds Community Noticeboard
- Rentals Tasmania - For Rent By Owner
- TASMANIA Australia 🇦🇺 Backpacker / Traveler
- Low cost , Free Camping Tasmania
- Caravan and Camping Tasmania
- Rentals Tasmania
- Rentals in Tasmania
- The very best of caravan and camping in Tassie
- Australia 🇦🇺 Backpackers 2022
Transport in Tasmania – North West Coast
If you already have your own vehicle and are planning to bring it over on the Spirit of Tasmania, we urge you to book now. During peak season, there may be very limited dates available, depending on your vehicle’s size.
Tassie Cars is one of the largest Tasmanian online Automotive Classifieds websites in Tasmania. Tassie Cars has listings from nearly half the used car yards in Tasmania, along with private sellers, offering used car hunters a choice of over 1500 cars, online right now!
The largest online automotive, motorcycle and marine classifieds business in Australia. Attracting more Australians interested in buying or selling cars, motorcycles, trucks, caravans and boats than any other classified group of websites – with over 200,000 new and used cars to choose from!
Features of Cars Guide include free listings and a map showing all available cars with a focus on making things clearer, simpler and a bit more enjoyable.
Autotrader is an automotive marketplace connecting sellers with buyers.
You will find an abundance of Facebook buy and sell groups dedicated to the local area – here are some automotive specific groups to get you started:
- Cars For Sale Tasmania
- Tassie cheap cars n bikes
- Tassie Car Trader !!!
- Tassie Cars With Rego Under 5000 Sale Or Swaps
- Cars For Sale — Tasmania
- Tassie carz
- tassie cars nothing over $1000...ONLY
- Australia 🇦🇺 Backpackers 2022
Work in Tasmania – North West Coast
Last but not least, this is the easy one! We work in partnership with over 50 farms, based along the North West Coast of Tasmania, from Smithton to Cressy and everywhere in between - simply pick an area that suits you and we'll get you started. So, if you’re looking to give an agricultural job a go, we’d love to offer you a great experience in return!