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Travel Tasmania with a motorhome hire from Hobart
With a campervan hire from Hobart, the delightful wilderness of Tasmania is available to explore. The combination of transport and accommodation provided by a motorhome is ideal for travelling the island state, and there is no end of interesting destinations to experience: beaches to bush, wine regions to wildlife. Buckle up.
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Hobart driving guide
Get your motorhome road trip off to the best possible start with our tips for driving the Tasmanian roads. If you're driving a campervan in Australia for the first time, you’ll want to be prepared and informed about the rules of the road. After all, a safe journey is an enjoyable one!
- In Australia, traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road. For many international visitors, this is a novelty—and if you’re accustomed to driving on the right, give yourself time to practice before hitting the busy roads and highways.
- The legal blood alcohol limit for driving in Tasmania is 0.05%, a very low concentration. We highly recommend that you abstain from drinking even a small amount before driving your motorhome.
- The mountainous regions of Tasmania may have steep, narrow, and winding roads. Take extra care when driving on these, keep your speed down, and always consider the conditions and the size of your vehicle. Rain, ice, and snow can make roads more dangerous.
- In residential and commercial areas, the default speed limit is 50 kilometres per hour. In rural areas and on open roads, the limits are 100 or 110 kph. Posted speed limit signs are the most reliable source of information.
- The scenery around Tasmania can be spectacular. If you want to take a closer look, pull over—driving while distracted is hazardous. The advantage of a private motorhome hire Tasmania tour is that you can pop into the back, make a cup of tea, and enjoy those views properly!
Above all, pay close attention to the orientation given when you pick up the vehicle. The depot staff can tell you all you need to know about its operation. You should also get in touch with the supplier should questions arise. It’s better to ask than to break something or put yourself in harm’s way due to misuse.
What to see and do with your Hobart campervan hire
Tasmania is a small state that packs a big punch. Wherever you take your motorhome, you’ll find spectacular sights and exciting activities. The biggest problem for many travellers is simply knowing where to start.
Are you looking for the most beautiful stretch of sand? The most interesting of historic sites? The densest wilderness in which to get (temporarily) lost? We’ve put together a few options to kick off your itinerary planning.
Freycinet National Park
Just a few hours’ drive northeast from Hobart is Freycinet National Park, home to some of the state’s best beaches. This includes the iconic Wineglass Bay, a breathtakingly beautiful place with a slightly horrifying story behind its name—when whalers operated there in the 1800s, they would turn the bay red (like wine) with whale blood. There’s no trace of gore there now, just a very aesthetically pleasing spot for a swim. If you’re visiting Freycinet, be prepared to lace up your boots and get walking. Many of the best beaches and lookouts are accessible only by foot, and the park is criss-crossed with scenic trails.
A short jaunt from central Hobart, this historically significant destination is a great first stop on your trip. It’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed and considered Australia’s most intact and expansive convict site with more than 30 buildings and ruins. There are many different tours you can take here, from informative harbour cruises to spooky night-time ghost walks. Port Arthur is also conveniently located next to Tasman National Park, where you’ll find a popular campsite at Fortescue Bay and plenty of dramatic coastal scenery.
The southwest wilderness
Made up of Southwest National Park, Southwest Conservation Area, and Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, this region is a delightfully remote and uninhabited part of the island state. If you’re looking for unspoilt, untouched wilderness, you’re on the right track. Head in on the Gordon River Road to Strathgordon, which is about as far as you can penetrate with a traditional vehicle. To explore more in-depth, you’ll need to continue on foot—but there are some stunning places accessible on short and easy trails. Stay awhile at the free Teds Beach camping ground on Lake Pedder.
Half a day’s drive on National Highway 1 from Hobart will see you in Launceston, the second-largest city situated in the Tamar Valley wine region. There are some lovely villages to stop at along the way, and this is a great route for those who like a little civilisation mixed in with their spectacular Tasmanian scenery. In Launceston, don’t miss out on visiting Cataract Gorge and the surrounding recreation area.
What's your next ideal travel location after Hobart and Tasmania? Other popular options include hiring a campervan in Adelaide, Sydney, or Perth to explore other hidden gems in the country. A motorhome rental from Brisbane or getting an RV in Melbourne are also great choices. Alternatively, you can check out New Zealand or opt to start your campers/motorhome hire adventure from the United States or anywhere in Canada.
How much does it cost to hire a campervan in Hobart, Tasmania?
There is a wide range of prices for Hobart campervan rentals—you could pay AUD$40 per night for a simple sleepervan in the off-season to AUD$400+ per night for the most expensive luxury RV in peak summer. To find the camper that fits your budget, simply enter your dates into the GoSee search engine and get browsing.
How old do you have to be to rent a campervan in Hobart?
Most suppliers require renters to be at least 21 years of age. There are a few that will rent to those aged 18 plus, but this may incur an extra fee.
Which campervan rental providers are available in Hobart?
The list of camper van hire Hobart suppliers includes but is not limited to: Go Cheap, Cruisin Motorhomes, Maui, Britz, Apollo, Tassie, Bargain, Energi, and Tasmania Campers.
When's the best time of year to hire a campervan in Hobart?
Tasmania has four distinct seasons and a temperate climate, so it depends on your weather preference. Summer (December to February) is a popular season for travellers to the state, but spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are also very pleasant seasons in which to explore. If you like snow—and low rental prices—then you may wish to explore in winter! Plan your trip ahead of time to make the most out of your camper van hire Tasmania adventure.
What type of driving license is required to hire a campervan in Hobart?
To drive a motorhome hire in Tasmania, you need only a valid driver's licence from your home country for the first three months of your stay. If your licence is not written is not in English, you should carry an accredited translation or an International Driving Permit (IDP).
Do I need to have a credit card in order to rent a campervan in Hobart?
Yes, a credit card in your name is required when you pick up your booked vehicle.
Where can I park my campervan in Hobart?
There are various off-street parking lots around the city and also free or paid on-street parking in many places. Check signs for restrictions and always be aware of the size of your vehicle when parking.
Where can I fuel up my camper before returning to Hobart?
You’ll find petrol stations throughout Hobart, particularly on the main routes. You could ask the staff at your rental depot to suggest the best place to refuel your vehicle before you drop it off.
Can I pick up a campervan or motorhome in Hobart and drop it off in another city?
Yes, most Hobart motorhome hire suppliers allow one-way rentals—you can specify a different drop-off location when you make your search, and double-check the details when you confirm your booking. There may be a one-way fee.