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Hobart is a gorgeous harbour city at the mouth of the Derwent River, overlooked by iconic Mount Wellington. Urban and outdoor activities abound here, and the famous Salamanca Market is at the centre of a fantastic culinary scene. Down in the far south of the country, Hobart experiences a temperate climate with four distinct seasons which present visitors with unique experiences at different times of the year.
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Beyond the urban centre of Hobart, the island state of Tasmania awaits exploration. From the verdant wilderness of the Southwest to the incredible history of Port Arthur, wine region to mountainous national park, this is a spectacular part of Australia. A car hire from Hobart Airport offers the freedom to see it all at your own pace and on your own schedule.
Hobart Airport, often considered the primary gateway to Tasmania, has two connected passenger terminals and one runway. It is a 15-minute drive from central Hobart.
The airport has accessible toilet facilities, ATMs, bag storage lockers, an array of shops, and several eateries including grab-and-go options as well as a farm-to-table restaurant. Parking options include a convenient short-term “Terminal” car park, a cost-effective long-term car park, valet parking, and premium parking very close to the terminals for quick pick-ups and drop-offs.
Car rental counters are located inside the Arrivals hall.
Driving your rental car in Hobart and Tasmania
Once you’ve picked up your wheels from Hobart Airport, it’s time to get moving and explore. Staying safe is the most important aspect of any road trip—and to that end, we’ve put together some driving tips for those new to the area.
- Drive on the left! All traffic in Australia drives on the left-hand side and overtakes to the right. If you’re new to this configuration, it’s a good idea to take some time to get accustomed before you get on the high-speed highways or venture into busy urban areas.
- Speed limits are posted in kilometres per hour, and distances are in kilometres. The default speed limits in Tasmania are 50 kph on urban roads and 100 kph on sealed rural/open roads. Always refer to speed limit signs for the most accurate information.
- Some parts of Tasmania have narrow, windy, and steep roads. You should always take extra care on this type of road and drive to the conditions.
- You can check the Tasmanian Government Transport Services website for information about road closures and delays. If you’re travelling in winter, you may come across weather-related closures so it always pays to check.
- The blood alcohol concentration limit for driving in Tasmania is set very low at 0.05%.
Where to take your hire car in Hobart
Creating the perfect itinerary is tricky when there is so much to see and do! Here’s a list of some top attractions in Hobart and nearby. Decide which places appeal, pick up your rental car, and enjoy a trip to remember.
Located on Battery Point just a stone’s throw away from central Hobart waterfront, this market is legendary in Tasmania. There’s street food, produce, handcrafted products, coffee, gifts, and a buzzing atmosphere that makes a great introduction to the energy of Hobart.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Where the Domain Highway meets the Tasman Highway, behind Government House, you’ll find this splendid cool-climate garden which includes Australia’s only Subantarctic Plant House. A visit here is a must-do for anyone who likes a bit of flora. There are informative tours available, a cafe, and a gift shop.
Maritime Museum of Tasmania
This fascinating museum is our top pick for history buffs. The island state has a strong and storied maritime history which you can discover at a range of collections and displays. It’s located on Argyle Street near the historic Constitution Dock.
Also called by the traditional name Kunanyi, this lofty peak offers incredible views over the city and is crisscrossed by walking and mountain biking tracks. You can drive to the top on Pinnacle Road or park further down and reach the summit on foot for some exercise and fresh alpine air. Be warned—the mountain is snow-capped in winter and the road may not be accessible.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
If you’d like to encounter some unique Tasmanian wildlife without travelling too far from the city, make the half-hour drive from Hobart to Brighton to visit this popular sanctuary. Here you can see kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, koalas, sugar gliders, quolls, cockatoos, and more incredible native fauna. The facility is also a social enterprise doing a lot of good conservation work, so you can feel good about supporting them with a visit!
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The cost of hiring a car at Hobart Airport will vary depending on the type of vehicle and time of year. You could expect rates of as little as AUD$40 per day for a compact car during winter to as much as AUD$400+ per day for an SUV, van, or peoplemover. The simple-to-use GoSee search engine makes it easy to find the vehicle that will suit your budget, whether you’re looking for the cheapest Hobart rental car or something to carry a crowd.
This will change depending on the companies available and the deals being offered on your chosen dates. Some low-cost rental suppliers at Hobart Airport include Bargain and East Coast.
Companies with rental counters inside the terminal include Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Bargain Car Rentals, Thrifty, Europcar, National, and Avis. Off-airport suppliers offering shuttles include East Coast Car Rentals and Apex.
Most rental companies have updated cleaning and safety policies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This may be listed in the search results as “Enhanced Cleaning”, and you can check supplier websites for more information.
Yes, several rental partners with multiple depots in Tasmania will allow a one-way rental. This may incur an extra fee. Specify the pick-up and drop-off locations when you make a search.
The majority of rental suppliers require drivers to be aged 21 or over. Some may charge an extra fee for anyone under 25.
There is plenty of on-street parking around the city, both free and paid. Central Hobart also has numerous parking lots and garages: Hobart Central, Argyle Street, and Dunn Place are just a few of the parking facilities in which you can securely leave your rental car.
The default limit for urban roads in Tasmania is 50 kph, but the CBD has a 40 kph limit. Check posted speed limit signs for accurate information.
The airport is around 18 kilometres from central Hobart, and the drive takes around 20 minutes without traffic.