Entertainment Membership – How to Save Money on Your Tasmania Holiday

Are you stressing over the cost of your Tassie holiday?

An Entertainment Membership will help you and your family to keep your budget under control, without stopping you from experiencing the best Tasmania has to offer.

Keep reading to learn more!


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See Cataract Gorge from the water with Tamar River Cruises | Photo: Pete Harmsen

Are you drowning in amazing photos of Tasmania’s pristine wilderness?

Feeling inspired by all the travel stories from fellow travellers?

Dreaming of that first morning of your road trip and waking up to a spectacular Tassie sunrise?

The anticipation would have to be one of my favourite things about planning a holiday!

But at the same time there is always a tiny voice whispering in my ear every time I add an exciting tour, an interesting restaurant, or a fun activity to my itinerary…

“Can I afford it?”

All I want to do is enjoy myself and have as many memorable experiences as possible, yet the reality is that, just like you, saving money on my holiday is always a priority.

I’ve got some good news for you – saving money doesn’t mean limiting yourself to free activities!

An Entertainment Membership is a really clever way of experiencing plenty of Tasmania’s best attractions while saving hundreds of dollars at the same time.

Have fun on Segways at Hollybank Wilderness Adventure on your Lap of Tasmania road trip
Hollybank Wilderness Adventure | Photo: Wai Nang Poon

Back in the day it used to be called the ‘Entertainment Book‘, and that’s exactly what it was – a book full of vouchers for your city or region that would score you savings across restaurants, hotels, cafes, tours, attractions, and even car servicing and dry-cleaning.

My wife and I bought one religiously every year (until we moved overseas), and found it very useful for keeping our ‘foodie’ budget under a vague semblance of control. It’s a pity it couldn’t do the same for our waistlines 😋

In recent years they have gone completely digital, meaning instead of remembering to bring your book with you, all you need to do now is download the app to your phone or tablet and you’ll have access to all the offers at your fingertips – very convenient!

There are a few annual membership options available:

  • Single City – $69.99
  • Multi City – $119.99
  • 2-year Multi City – $229.99

The Single City version covers one location of your choice. Perfect if you only plan on visiting Hobart or Launceston (not both).

🔥 OFFER – Receive a FREE upgrade to Multi City when you purchase a Single City membership by 14 June ’21!

The Multi City option covers all 21 cities and regions across Australia, plus New Zealand and Bali. This is the best option if you are planning on doing a full lap of Tasmania. You can also use this membership when you return home from your holiday and keep saving all year!

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It’s been a little while since we last bought a membership, but after buying a Multi City membership and reviewing all the options it was easy to see that it still represents amazing value and pays for itself in no time at all.

To help you get a feel for the type of discounts available I have created some example mini-itineraries for Tassie’s main tourist regions. As you will see, it takes no effort to save bucket-loads at places you would have had on your itinerary anyway.

The savings will vary depending on what you choose from a cafe menu, or the specific tour you would like to do. So what I show you below is the maximum possible saving for an adult couple. Families and large groups (up to 4 people) can save even more!

Every sale also helps me keep the Lap of Tasmania online and as up to date as possible with oodles of Tassie travel guides and planning info – I really appreciate your ongoing support 🙏🏻


Hobart

There are literally dozens of offers available in and around Hobart, and your membership can pay for itself in as little as a single day.

  • Breakfast Harbour Lights Cafe – Save $30
  • Morning Activity – Red Decker Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus – Save $35
  • Lunch Flippers ‘Punt’ – Save $16.50
  • Afternoon Activity Hobart Historic Cruises – Save $29.50
  • Dinner The Drunken Admiral – Save $45

TOTAL SAVING = $166

  • Extra Activity Hobart Shuttle Bus (Mt Wellington Tour) – Save $35
  • Extra MealBilly’s Burgers – Save $25

Richmond

Historic Richmond village and the surrounding Coal River Valley is an excellent day trip option from Hobart.

  • Breakfast Ashmore on Bridge Street – Save $30
  • Morning Activity Richmond Gaol Tour – Save $12.50
  • Lunch Wicked Cheese – Save $25
  • Afternoon Activity Puddleduck Winery ‘Sit Down Wine Experience’ – Save $20
  • Dinner Restaurant Tasman (Hobart) – Save $50

TOTAL SAVING = $137.50


Strahan (West Coast)

There are limited options on the West Coast, but I recommend these two as ‘must do’ in my West Coast road trip guide, so why not save money while you’re at it?

  • Lunch Risby Cove Restaurant – Save $50
  • Afternoon Activity The Ship That Never Was – Save $12.50

TOTAL SAVING = $62.50


Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain Village is crazy popular and very remote, meaning your options are limited to start with – and they are expensive – so it is a huge bonus to be able to get a 25% discount off your meal at the Tavern Bar and Bistro!

  • Lunch Tavern Bar and Bistro (Peppers Lodge) – Save $40
  • Afternoon Activity Cradle Mountain Canyons – Save $125

TOTAL SAVING = $165


Cradle Coast and Northwest Tasmania

Outside Launceston and Hobart this region has the next highest number of options available to you.

  • Morning Activity Mole Creek Caves – Save $23
  • Lunch Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm (Elizabeth Town) – Save $35
  • Afternoon Activity Wing’s Wildlife Park (Gunn’s Plains) – Save $14
  • Dinner Hursey Seafood (Stanley) – Save $50

TOTAL SAVING = $122

  • Extra ActivityHighfield Historic House (Stanley) – Save $12
  • Extra ActivityHellyers Road Distillery Tour (Burnie) – Save $19.50

Launceston and Northern Tasmania

As with Hobart, this is just a handful of the many options available, particularly when it comes to dining.

  • Breakfast Earthy Eats – Save $25
  • Morning Activity Tamar River Cruise – Save $67.50
  • Lunch Bridestowe Lavender Estate – Save $20
  • Afternoon Activity Piper’s Brook Vineyard – Save up to $500 (I’ll assume $50 though)
  • Dinner Brisbane Street Bistro – Save $45

TOTAL SAVING = $207.50

  • Extra ActivityHollybank Wilderness Adventures – Save $125
  • Extra ActivityJames Boag Brewery Tour – Save $16

Save on Hotel Accommodation in Tasmania

One aspect I haven’t even mentioned yet is the big discounts you can get on accommodation across Tasmania.

When you purchase a membership you also gain access to special Member-only rates for hotels listed on the My Bookings website. The offer provided by each hotel is at least 10% off the best available room or package rate available to the public at the time of booking (subject to availability). But in many cases the Member-only rate can be as much as 50% off the rack rate.

Again, I’ve done a quick scan of the various hotels on offer (there are plenty across all budgets) and the discounts can be significant.

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Entertainment membership Offer - Vibe Hotels

How does your Entertainment Membership work?

Activating your Entertainment Membership is easy.

  1. Purchase your membership here
  2. Read the instructions that they email to you (it’s all very simple)
  3. Verify your mobile device and download the app
  4. Activate your account and log in

Once you have the app on your phone it is even easier to claim offers and save money.

  1. Use the app to find an offer you would like to claim (you can search by name, or by using their handy map)
  2. Before requesting the bill (or at check-in for hotels), show the staff member the offer you would like to redeem
  3. While they are watching click on the ‘Redeem Now’ button
  4. They will then reduce your bill to reflect the offer – happy days! 😁

You’ll be very pleased to hear that you can share your membership across as many as 5 different mobile devices in your family as well!


Final thoughts on an Entertainment Membership

I hope you’ve found this article useful in explaining what an Entertainment Membership is, and how it works. I don’t know about you, but I think an Entertainment Membership is the perfect companion for a road trip around Tasmania – and back home once your holiday is over.

I couldn’t believe how quickly the savings started stacking up with a meal here and a tour there. I’m guessing that on a 7-day holiday you could easily save at least $300 – and plenty more if you’re travelling with your family or a group of friends.

Sound good to you? Lock it in Eddie!

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If you have any questions at all about the membership please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me over at our Lap of Tasmania Facebook Group or by email – I’m only too happy to help.

Happy road tripping!

Andrew.

Andrew Strikis

Andrew Strikis

Andrew is an award-winning travel writer and photographer from Tasmania. Over the last 10 years he has been an advocate for Tasmanian tourism, working with and supporting many of Tasmania's prominent organisations such as Tourism Northern Tasmania, Hobart and Beyond, and MONA. Together with his wife he enjoys exploring Tasmania by road, and he looks forward to helping others plan and enjoy their own Lap of Tasmania road trip.

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