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Hostels in Tasmania
There are numerous youth hostels in Tasmania, so you will never be short of budget accommodation. (Hobart has at least 10 hostels, Port Arthur 3 and Launceston 6). Many Tasmanian youth hostels are affiliated to the Australian Youth Hostel Association (YHA), which is the largest budget accommodation network in the country, with hostels located in all major cities and regional destinations, including in Tasmania. However, you do need to be a member in order to say at an YHA hostel. Although YHA hostels are designed primarily for young people, all travellers are welcome to stay. Children under 17 must always be accompanied by a responsible adult over the age of 21.YHA hostels provide linen free of charge, however you can bring your own sleeping sheet or linen if you prefer. Blankets and pillows are provided but you will need to bring your own towels. YHA hostels are graded from 2 to 5 for their facilities, with 5 being the most luxurious. Top-end YHA hostels are also rated by the AAA (Australian Motoring Association) and are comparable to hotels and B&B accommodation. Even if you do not want to join the YHA, there are many other hostels in Tasmania, which have equally good facilities. (Indeed, some YHA hostels are not exclusively so, meaning that non-members can stay there). For example, Launceston Backpackers offers a choice of family, double, twin, en suite or single rooms, as well as small dormitories. It occupies a large 100 year old Federation style home has been beautifully renovated and retains many of its original features. You can expect to pay about £33 per person per night for an ensuite double room in a hostel, £10.50 for a bed in a 4 person dormitory and £24 for a single room. Another option that you might want to consider, if you are thinking of trekking or travelling in the wilderness, is to stay at an YHA Wilderness Hostel. These offer more basic accommodation, but are located in or near Tasmania's National Parks and nature reserves. Wilderness Hostels can only be booked through a YHA Membership and Travel Centre, from where you collect the key in advance. In fact, it is a good idea to book your hostel accommodation in advance, because they can become fully occupied, especially in peak seasons. All YHA Hostels, except Wilderness Hostels, can be booked through our website.