Welcome to Hobart and the island of Tasmania, Australia’s southernmost state. We have compiled all the information you'll need for your campervan hire experience in Tasmania, be sure to scour the guide below as well as those in alternate tabs above for essential information on travelling in Tasmania in your campervan hire.
Hiring a motorhome in Tasmania
Motorhome Republic gives you the option of 9 different motorhome rental fleets to choose from in Hobart to begin your Tasmania Campervan Rental roadrip. There are options for families, for couples on a budget, for groups looking to travel in luxury, and everything in between. You could drive around Tasmania in full in the space of 4-5 days, or you could hire an RV for 10-14 days or more and get to enjoy this beautiful island at a much more relaxing pace and really see what it has to offer.
Road trips with your Tasmania motorhome hire
The best way to see the Australian isle in your campervan hire Tasmania is generally to do a large, slow loop around the island, making stops at each attraction along the way.
The Tamar Valley is the highlight of the Tasmanian wine scene. The region is about 2.5 hours from Hobart, and offers more than 30 cellar door experiences spread across 170 kilometres of scenic vineyards. While the area is known for its Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Gris, it’s the sparkling wines that are the most famous.
Even though it would be hard to miss, your visit should definitely include some time spent at the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The 1,584,000 hectare region was added to the World Heritage List in 1982 as it satisfies three cultural and four natural criteria for making the list – which means it hits more criteria for any other World Heritage location on the planet. It covers about a fifth of Tasmania in total, and contains stunning attractions such as Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair, and the Franklin River.
Another incredible attraction is Mole Creek, about 250 kilometres or 3 hours from Hobart. The caves here offer a year-round must-see, with incredible stalagmites and stalactites, glow worms and even the Tasmanian Cave spider for the brave.
Latrobe is a small city 3 hours north of Hobart and is considered the platypus capital of the world. You can view these iconic Australian creatures in their natural habitat at the Warrawee Forest Reserve, then spend some time tasting fine Belgian chocolates at the House of Anvers.
Best times to hire a motorhome in Tasmania
Being so far south, Hobart and Tasmania are the coolest areas in Australia. However, Hobart is the country’s second-driest capital after Adelaide, meaning it’s unlikely you’ll have to deal with rain during your motorhome holiday.
Summer is arguably the best time to visit. From December to February the weather is warmer (around 21 degrees Celsius on average), and there are more festivals and events.
Winter temperatures generally fall to below 10 degrees Celsius, although this season can offer the best whale watching opportunities of the year, and you might even catch sight of the Aurora Australis.
Spring is particularly pretty with tulip festivals and fresh greenery throughout the island, and autumn is the perfect time to enjoy regional produce, so there really is no bad time of year to visit!
Tasmania is Australia’s wild and wonderful southern island, where travellers can discover an abundance of breath-taking outdoor spaces, delicious foods and wines, and a diverse history in just a small pocket of the country.
Due to its isolation and size (roughly the same area as a smaller US state), hiring a motorhome or campervan in Tasmania (or whatever you prefer to call it!), is one of the best ways to experience what Tasmania has to offer. The two main centres are Hobart (the capital) on the southeast coast, and Launceston, in the north. You can rent a campervan in Tasmania from either of these locations.
Visiting Tasmania - What You Need To Know
Best times of year to visit Tasmania
Unlike some parts of Australia, Tasmania offers four very distinct seasons, each with its own pros and cons. Depending on what you’re looking for on your campervan tour of ‘Tassie’, it pays to pay attention to the time of year you plan to visit.
Summer in Tasmania runs from December to January and February, and is the most popular time to visit - for good reason. The days are warm and mild at roughly 20 - 24 degrees Celsius on average, and there are multiple festivals and events in Hobart and Launceston. Note that this time of year is when the locals have the most time off with Christmas and New Year’s, as well as the long summer holidays for schools, so it can get very busy. Book far in advance to secure RV rentals and camping locations.
March, April and May make up the autumn season in Tasmania, which will see average temperatures drop into the teens. While it’s still fairly warm through March, the season does change quickly towards winter through May. This time of year can be a great place to visit, as even though it’s cooler, the crowds tend to have gone home by this point, and the true autumn colours come into full bloom all over the island. Autumn is when much of the fresh produce is at its best, and it’s also the perfect time for hiking holidays, as the cooler weather makes for more comfortable long walks.
Winter starts in June and runs through July and August. These are certainly the coolest months in Tasmania with temperatures in the single digits on average and snow on the ground in higher areas. This does make for a great ski season on Ben Lomond, or for romantic getaways to lodges with warm firesides, but it’s not typically ideal for hiking and days on the beach.
Spring is a beautiful time of year in Tasmania as the abundant plantlife starts to flourish with the new warmth in September, October and November. Spring is the wettest time of year, so be sure to pack raincoat s and umbrellas as well as clothes for warmer days, as temperatures can be varied through these months. It’s unlikely that you’ll be swimming in spring, but the warmer days before summer are a great time for touring in your campervan hire!
How much time do you need to explore Tasmania?
Tasmania may look small on a map, but its variety of cities, beaches, wineries, nature parks and everything else means that there’s a lot to see on this varied island.
If you’re only planning to visit Hobart, you could spend a long weekend or a fortnight in the city - and the same goes for Launceston. To really see Tasmania and all it has to offer, you will need two weeks at an absolute minimum, or a month for a quick look at most of the gems on the island. For a luxurious non-hurried trip, give yourselves six weeks to take a good look around.
Tasmania driving tips
The main thing to keep in mind about driving in Tasmania is that the distance on the map (or the time that Google suggests) often appears smaller than it really is. Once out of the cities, the roads are narrow and windy, so you will need to allow for more time than you usually would to get from A to B.
As on the mainland in Australia, you will be driving on the left side of the road. Most Motorhome Rental Australia vehicles will come with stickers and warnings about keeping left, but it may help to have your passengers remind you just in case as well.
Speed limits in urban areas are typically 50km/h, while open roads are 100km/h unless signposted otherwise. Limits are strictly enforced, so don’t be tempted to rush to your destination and risk a fine or worse.
For those visiting from overseas, your current international licence is all you need to drive on Tasmanian roads. If your international licence in not in English, you will need an official translation or an International Driving Permit.
Finally, driver fatigue is a very real safety hazard in Tasmania - keep this in mind in your Tasmania Campervan Hire. As it will usually take longer than you might think to get around, and as the road often require a lot of concentration, driving becomes dangerous for you and other road users as soon as you feel tired. In this case, take plenty of rest breaks and swap drivers if you can.
Public holidays in Tasmania
Tasmania observes the same national holidays as the rest of Australia, although some of the exact days may vary.
New Year’s Day - January 1
Australia Day - January 26
Eight Hours Day (Labour Day) - Second Monday in March
Good Friday - varies
Easter Monday - varies
ANZAC Day - April 25
Queen’s Birthday - Second Monday in June
Christmas Day - December 25
Boxing Day - December 26
Camping in Tasmania
Like mainland Australia, Tasmania is a perfect place for renting an RV to explore the island.
Many of the national parks in Tasmania are camping friendly, so be sure to check out which ones allow for motorhomes and what facilities each one has on offer on the Parks & Wildlife Service website here.
There are also many public and private campgrounds in Tasmania, with more than 50 caravan parks dotted around the state. Both the prices and facilities will vary greatly, as some offer basic amenities such as power and bathrooms, while others will include small stores and BBQ options. Some campgrounds and areas even offer free camping, so you may be able to keep your travel costs to a minimum by sticking to these areas.
Avoid driving after dark if possible to avoid wildlife on the roads
Give yourselves ample time to get from A to B
Carry extra fuel if you’re travelling outside of the cities
Drive to the conditions at all times, slowing down for rain, snow and ice
From local Tasmania Campers to big chains like Maui, Hobart has a rental company to suit everyone. Motorhome Republic’s website brings these all together in one place, making it easy to find the right vehicle at the right price, without spending hours on different websites or on the phone. Just enter your search parameters and compare the results to find your perfect rental.
Hobart Campervan Rental Tips
Embark on a stress-free road trip by keeping these in mind before and during your campervan rental in Tasmania.
Aussies drive on the left! Important road rules include wearing your seatbelt at all times, sticking to the speed limit and abiding by all give way and stop signs.
Tasmania looks small compared to mainland Australia, but it is in fact the size of the Republic of Ireland. Give yourself plenty of time to see the things you want to see.
For more peace of mind during your holiday, opt for full insurance and excess cover.
To make sure you can get the vehicle you want, book well in advance, especially for peak times which in Tasmania are December to February.
Tasmania's Campervan Rental Options
Go Cheap Motorhomes and Cruisin’ Tasmania Motorhomes
Operating from the same depot just 4 kilometres from Hobart Airport, Go Cheap Motorhomes and Cruisin’ Tasmania Motorhomes offer a quick start to your Tasmania holiday. Cruisin’ makes it easy for couples and groups to pick up a campervan or motorhome with multiple options for two-person sleeper vans as well as four- and six-berth RVs. All their rentals are the latest models, and come with unlimited kilometres, travel maps and comprehensive insurance. Go Cheap have a similar range of models with a variety of two-person hitops and RVs with and without bathrooms, and a number of larger motorhomes suited for four to six adults in a fleet comprised of Mercedes, Ivecos, and Fords. The office is located at 3 Runway Place in Cambridge, and has office hours from 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Sunday most of the year. The depot is closed on Sundays from May to the end of August and on Christmas Day and Good Friday. There are no transfers available so you will need to grab a taxi to get to the depot.
Maui Campervan Hire and Britz Rentals
Maui and Britz are part of the same company of Tasmania campervan hire, both located at 14 Long Street only 500 metres from the Hobart Airport. Take a quick 5 minute walk to get to the depot from the airport, or grab a taxi or bus if you’re make the 17 kilometre trip from Hobart city. Maui Campervan Hire has four models to choose from. There’s the two-person Ultima Campervan with an on-board toilet and shower unit, or the three-person Ultima Plus Campervan for a little extra space. The Beach Motorhome sleeps up to four people, and the Platinum River Campervan sleeps six with stacks of space to spare for storage and living areas. Britz Rentals has a little of everything, from basic hitops and vans to compact RVs, six-berth motorhomes and 4WD trucks with sleeping spaces in their pop tops. The Hobart depot is closed throughout the low season from May to the end of August, but opens again for campervan hire in Tasmania in September from 7.30am to 4pm. The branch is also closed on December 25, and January 1 and 26.
Apollo Campers and Motorhomes
Apollo has three campervans available for hire in Hobart - a basic hitop van, a two-person Euro Tourer with a few kitchen facilities and a bathroom, and the Endeavour Camper, which is a little larger and has room for two adults and two children. In their motorhome category, Apollo has three different options for groups of four, with a Euro Camper, Euro Star and Euro Slider. The most spacious of these is the Fiat Ducato Euro Slider, but the biggest RV in Apollo’s fleet is the six-berth Euro Deluxe, which is fitted with three large double beds. You can find the Apollo depot at 1 Hawkesford Road in Cambridge, which is just over 4 kilometres from the airport and roughly 14 kilometres from Hobart city once you have arrived on the isle of Tasmania. There’s no transfer service, but a taxi will cost approximately $10 for this quick ride to the airport, or $40 or so from the CBD. Note that the branch shuts down completely in the low season from July 1 to the end of August, and is closed on Sundays throughout April and May. Aside from that, the depot is open seven days a week from 8am to 4.30pm.
Tassie Motorshacks have got you sorted when it comes to affordable and flexible campervan rentals in Hobart with plenty of budget options. You’ve got the choice of hitops, backpacker vans, two-berth vans with a toilet and shower, and three- and four-berth vans for family trips. Every single one of them comes with side awnings, free travel maps, 24-hour roadside assistance, and unlimited kilometres. The Tassie Motorshacks depot is located at 12 Aqua Place, Seven Mile Beach, around 11 kilometres from the Hobart Airport. Transfers to and from the airport are included, or you can make your own way there. The office is only closed on Christmas Day, but is open 8.30am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to 4pm over the weekends throughout the year. If you want to leave Tasmania from Launceston and take the ferry back to the mainland, you can leave your camper at the depot in Launceston for a relocation fee of $200.
Bargain Rentals and Energi Motorhome Hire
Bargain Rentals and Energi Motorhome Hire provide free transfers from the Hobart Airport and city hotels within business hours to their depot at 173 Harrington Street. This office is about 20 kilometres from the airport right in the centre of the city, giving you a chance to take a look at this bustling hub before you head off on your trip around Tasmania. The office opens at 8am and closes at 5pm on weekdays, and runs 9am to 3pm on weekends, but you can arrange after-hours pick ups for later flights for a service fee of $100. Bargain Rentals’ smallest camper is a two-person Mercedes Sprinter, but even that has toilet and shower facilities, plus a fridge, stove and microwave. There are also three- and four-berth campervans available, as well family and deluxe four- and six-berth motorhomes with all the mod cons for a comfortable trip. Energi Motorhomes offers two campervan options, suited for either two or three adults (or two adults and two children in some cases). Note that the rental options for Energi do not have bathroom facilities so you’ll need to stay in campgrounds for the duration of your travels.
Tasmania Campers is located at 32 Kennedy Drive in Cambridge, roughly 5 kilometres (or a seven minute drive) from Hobart Airport. You can either make your own way there or pay for a $20 shuttle service from the company by booking in advance. The range of campervans includes a basic two-person sleeper van, a 4WD bushcamper with space for two adults and two kids, and a 2-3 person trail finder hitop. These rentals come with an unlimited number of kilometres per day, no charge for extra drivers, a free starter pack with plenty of information on regional activities and maps, and comprehensive cover. Note that there is a minimum rental period of five days for all hires. The office in Hobart is open seven days a week from 8am to 5pm from October to the end of April, and 9am to 4pm for the rest of the year, only closing on Christmas Day.
Planning Guide for Visiting Tasmania
Tasmania - the wild, wonderful, southern version of Australia. Home of more rugged coastlines, foodie hubs and lush natural scenery than you could ever imagine, this isolated state is the ideal destination for a road trip. With a hire campervan in Tasmania, you’ll be able to make your way around the sights, activities and events all over the island, taking as much time as you need at each one and sticking to your own schedules. You can use the information below to learn everything you need to know about where to go, what to see and what to do. Plus, take a look at the On The Road tab on the right for specific information on local rest areas, campsites and dumpstations that will help you make your way around with ease.