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Picking up a motorhome hire in Launceston offers travellers easy access to some fabulous spots: The Tamar Valley, the north coast of Tasmania, several wonderful National Parks, and the rest of Australia’s exciting island state. Many roads lead to and from this small but significant city.
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What you need to know for your motorhome rental in Launceston
This arty city in the north of Tasmania has great coffee and better food. Laidback and easy on the eyes, Launceston is a fantastic alternative to Hobart as a starting point for your Tasmanian road trip. It’s a centre of wine, full of history, and home to many artisan creators.
Driving guide for your Launceston campervan hire
A stress-free motorhome road trip is the best kind. To stay safe on the roads and enjoy a smooth holiday, it’s best to brush up on road rules and local conditions. If you’re driving in Tasmania for the first time, driving a motorhome for the first time, or both, then these tips and tricks might be helpful to you. Read them before you arrive and drive prepared!
- International visitors, take note: All vehicles drive on the left in Australia. That means that drivers (in the vast majority of vehicles) sit on the right, and oncoming vehicles pass to the right. If you are not used to this, it may be a good idea to build an hour or two into your schedule to practice before driving on high-speed highways.
- The blood alcohol limit for drivers in Tasmania is 0.05%. That’s a low concentration. We highly recommend that you abstain from drinking entirely before driving your motorhome.
- Distances are posted in kilometres, and speeds in kilometres per hour. The default speed limits are set at 50 kph in built-up areas and 100 kph on rural or open roads, but some stretches will have different limits. Always check the speed limit signs.
- The roads of Tasmania can be steep and winding in parts. Drive slowly and carefully, particularly in bad weather and if you have a large vehicle.
- Don’t admire the views from behind the wheel! Distracted driving is dangerous. Pull over, make a cup of tea, and take in Tasmania’s stunning vistas properly.
Finally and perhaps most importantly, pay close attention to the orientation you receive from the staff at the depot—however it is delivered. Write down the crucial points, and don’t be afraid to contact the supplier to ask questions while you’re on the road.
Where to take your Launceston motorhome rental
Tasmania is small but mighty, making it possible for travellers with their own set of wheels to see an incredible number of fantastic things in one trip. With Launceston as a starting point, you can explore wilderness areas, follow stunning coastlines, call into charming small towns, discover unique wildlife, and generally enjoy all that the island state has to offer.
We’ve put together a few destinations that might interest road trippers departing Launceston. Use these as a stepping stone to create your own adventure.
Devonport and the North Coast
It’s just an hour’s drive from Launceston to Devonport, a busy coastal city that serves as the Tasmanian port for the Spirit of Tasmania ferry between the state and Melbourne. History buffs will enjoy the maritime heritage here; foodies will love the plentiful local produce. From Devonport, the north coast stretches east and west, from the white sand beaches of Cape Portland to the remote cliffs of Woolnorth.
Freycinet National Park
About two hours from Launceston, on the east coast of Tasmania, you’ll find the breathtaking coastal wonder that is Freycinet National Park. Perhaps the most iconic feature of the park is Wineglass Bay, a gorgeous curve of white beach separating crystal waters from dense foliage. There is more to be seen here: coves, bays, mountaintops, seals, birdlife, and significant aboriginal sites. If you can, bring your hiking boots and explore on foot via the many trails.
Hobart and Port Arthur
Driving directly from Launceston to Hobart in your campervan will take you on National Highway 1 or the Midland Highway through some historic towns and rolling farmland. The state capital is a vibrant and exciting city, with dynamic food and arts scenes and popular markets in the historic Salamanca District. Continue another hour and a half to Port Arthur to experience the extensive historical site of a former penal colony.
Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair
Drive about two hours southwest from Launceston and you’ll arrive at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, one of the parks and conservation areas which together form the Tasmania Wilderness World Heritage Area. The world-class system of walking tracks can take you to snowy peaks, glacial lakes, amazing alpine landscapes, and abundant wildlife.
Looking for other adventures in Australia? Go on a campervan hire tour in Brisbane, Gold Coast, or Cairns to discover sunny Queensland. If you are after Australia's iconic sights, Sydney is the place to be. Alternatively, you can also visit Perth to see the beauty of Western Australia. The choice is yours!
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Launceston campervan hire: Frequently asked questions
How much does it cost to hire a campervan in Launceston?
A campervan hire in Launceston can cost anywhere from less than AUD$100 per day to more than AUD$350 per day, depending on the time of year and the size or condition of the vehicle.
To find a rental that fits your budget and requirements, simply enter your dates into the GoSee search engine. You can filter the results by price, and they are automatically listed with the cheapest rentals first.
How old do you have to be to rent a motorhome in Launceston?
Rental customers in Launceston must be at least 21 or 25 years of age, depending on the supplier.
When is the best time to hire a campervan in Launceston?
Tasmania has some fantastic things to see and do in all seasons! Most travellers like to take advantage of the warm and dry (but not too hot) summers. A winter road trip, however, can be just as spectacular, with ski resorts and snowy vistas to enjoy.
What driving license is required to get a campervan hire in Launceston?
You will need a full and unrestricted licence to drive a campervan from Launceston—no heavy vehicle licence is needed. If you are travelling internationally, you can use your licence from your home country. However, if it is written in a language other than English it must be accompanied by an accredited translation or International Driving Permit.
Can you park your campervan anywhere in Launceston?
Like most cities, Launceston has a range of parking options: buildings, lots, and on-street spaces. Some are paid, some are not. /you should always look for signs which indicate any parking restrictions or costs.
Are pets allowed?
Yes, Bargain Rentals is one supplier offering pet-friendly rentals from Launceston. You can tick the “Pet Friendly” box under “Features” to the left of the search results to see only rentals that allow pets.
Do I have to wash the vehicle before I return it?
Most rental suppliers do not require you to wash the vehicle before returning it. However, you should check the terms and conditions of your rental agreement to make sure.
Do I have to return the vehicle with a full tank?
Yes, you will need to return your vehicle with a full tank of petrol. Failure to do so will generally incur a refilling fee.
Can I rent a campervan/motorhome at Launceston Airport?
Yes, campervan rental suppliers in Launceston have depots on or near the airport.
Can additional drivers be added to the campervan rental agreement?
Yes, most suppliers will allow additional drivers. There may be a small extra fee.