For my brief visit to Tasmania at the end of June, I have been considering bus travel as an alternative to hiring a car. I have a good idea of where I want to go and have found that the coach line, Tassielink, can take me there at low cost.

Tassielink - Tasman Bridge, Hobart
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Tasman Bridge: Hobart, Tasmania

Tassielink: Budget Bus Travel

Words by Roger Findlay and Photos by Dan Fellow

Tassielink has a good website featuring routes, timetables and cost. Frequent services cover most of the state making it an ideal form of travel for the student or backpacker on a low budget. I will be arriving by air in Hobart and, after most of the weekend, I want to visit places close-by including Triabunna, Dunalley and Franklin where I will stay for at least one night at each.

Tassielink - Triabunna Bus Service
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Tassielink bus from Hobart to Triabunna

At the end of my stay in Hobart, I am planning to catch the bus to Launceston for a one night stay before flying back to Melbourne.

Tassielink - Tamar River, Launceston
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Tamar River, Launceston Tasmania

TassieLink: Don’t Miss the Bus!

Believe it or not, I can do all of this bussing around for the grand total of $106.10. Even less if I qualified for the concessions! For a bit more money, if I had more time, I could visit Bicheno, Dover or Strahan. Tassielink has them covered as well as all of the towns on the way.

Tassielink - Bus to Dover
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Tassielink bus to Dover, far south Tasmania

Looking at the timetables, everything should run like a Ferrari; even the tight connection in Hobart on my journey between Dunalley and Franklin.

Tassielink - Dunally Bus Service
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Dunalley: southern region of Tasmania

I’m looking forward to my Tassielink holiday and reporting on the service but before then I have an appointment with Flinders Island and the islanders. Until next time…

Roger Findlay spends all his holidays in Tasmania, then writes about the experience for Think Tasmania. If you’d like Roger to visit you in the name of research (so we can publish information about your business), please contact us.

Dan Fellow is a professional tourism photographer.  By using his services, not only do you get an amazing selection of images showcasing your property, but you also receive additional exposure for your business with Think Tasmania.

24 July 2012 ~ Editor’s Note: read all about Roger’s adventure…

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Map: Tassielink Holiday, Tasmania