Hostel Review – The Pickled Frog, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

The Pickled Frog

Sum it up: Country cabin feel with quick access to everything.

My length of visit (for your reference): 3 nights

Cost: $15 AUD ($20.00 USD)/night for a 16 person dorm


Hostel Basics:

  • WiFi: Yes.
  • Breakfast: No.
  • Guest-Use Kitchen: Yes; great size for the size of the hostel. Don’t be fooled by the induction cooktop stoves though.
  • Bar/Kitchen: Bar (and coffee!!!). The bar is open to the large front room, where people relax by the fire, play the guitar, and generally have a good time.
  • BYO: No, due to licensing with the bar.


Location: A 5 minute walk from the water and pier, easy access to city transportation.


Airport Transfers: No. The hostel is on the route for the airport bus, which will cost $18 AUD one way or $32 return and drops you about a block from the hostel.


Hostel Overview: Would you go back? I didn’t want to leave!

This hostel just knows how to hostel. When I checked in on the first night, coming in from the rain, and they told me to get ready because we were playing pajama bingo shortly, I just knew it was going to be killer. It feels like you’re away at a cabin (especially given Tasmania’s temperature when I was there) – rustic vibe with fireplaces burning, everyone laughing together over wine and beers. Everyone working there is either family, or treated like it, and it shows. They’re knowledgeable about Tas and will get you out and about, plus offer different tours from the hostel (did the Mount Wellington day hike and it was, after we got through the snow, amazing). Make sure to sign up the day before so you have a spot.

Did I mention there are dogs? They want nothing to do with you, but are a pretty adorable fixture in the front area.

Plus, the coffee. Relief from instant coffee in a hostel and the prices are so reasonable, it’s totally worth it.


Need to Know: Go there. That’s all you need to know. And that you’ll want to stay longer than you originally book.


Pros/Cons: Pros – everything about this hostel. Only con is you’re going to have to leave.


lovingly, jess


Founder of How Dare She, Jessica is on a mission to visit every country in the world, and bring you along with through photos, video and stories. 6 continents and 98 countries in. She has a BA in journalism and Master's in innovation and change, but her real skill is plugging in a USB in 2 or less tries (most of the time). She believes daring isn't about being fearless, but choosing to opt in, in spite of fear. She dares to see, taste, experience and meet the world as she goes.