Breathtaking natural beauty, fabulous food and wine, and a fascinating history: Tasmania is a playground for every type of traveller. With its leisurely stretches of highway and innumerable natural attractions, hiring a motorhome is the perfect way to discover this small, secluded state of Australia. Get ready to relax in the most entertaining way as you explore uniquely beautiful landscapes and interact with Tasmanian wildlife. Pick up your campervan rental in one of the two main centres, here in Hobart on the southeast end of the island, or to the north in Launceston, and begin your incredible Australian adventure.
Tasmania motorhome hire in Hobart
There is plenty of choice when renting a campervan in Tasmania. Whether you’re taking your family on a memory-filled holiday, heading out with a small group of friends, or looking to travel in luxury with a special someone, there is something for every kind of traveller. Enjoy this stunning region over a space of a few days, or hire an RV for a couple of weeks and experience everything this Australian state has to offer at a leisurely pace. Let us help you narrow down the search options, simply type in your dates, group size and filter for preferences and select by price and model.
Taking a road trip in your Tasmania motorhome rental
One of the best ways to plan your route is in a large, meandering loop, stopping at each of the appealing attractions along the way. Take a look at our Hobart Round Trip Itinerary, which was created with the experiences of Tasmanian visitors, and is designed so you can begin at various points along this amazing route. Alternatively, select one or two of the suggested legs - chop and change as you see fit.
We’ve put together some of the highlights from this beautiful route, so you can discover some of the best things Tasmania offers the intrepid traveller.
The highlight of the Tasmanian wine scene is the Tamar Valley. Only about a couple of hours drive from Hobart, the sensational vineyards offer many winery experiences. It is known for its riesling, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc, and pinot noir, but it’s the sparkling wines that are most famous.
The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is not something to be missed. Incredible attractions like Cradle Mountain, the Franklin River, and Lake St Clair are just some of the things to experience when you drive through one of Australia’s largest conservation areas.
Mole Creek, about a 3-hour drive from Hobart, has stupendous caves, viewable all year around at the Mole Creek Karst National Park. As well as the natural formation of these caves, you’ll see glow worms lighting the ceiling, and if you’re lucky (or brave) you may see a Tasmanian Cave Spider.
At the northern end of Tasmania lies the town of Latrobe. Considered to be the platypus capital of the world, take a tour to spot these iconic Australian animals in their natural habitat at the Warrawee Forest Reserve.
If you have a sweet tooth, check out the House of Anvers in Latrobe to taste some delectable Belgian chocolates.
The best times to rent a campervan in Tasmania
While some parts of Australia seem to have only one or two seasons, Tasmania’s four seasons are very distinct. Depending on the type of adventurer you are, it pays to check out what the weather will be like and what might be happening in each season before you head “down under Down Under”.
The most popular time for visitors to Tasmania is summer - December through February. The days are comfortably warm, ranging between 20°C and 24°C. This is the time of year where locals will often take their breaks, and as school is out for the summer, it does mean that this period can get quite busy. However, the events in Hobart and Launceston are spectacular, so you’ll want to join the crowds. Be sure to pre-book your motorhome and camping spots well in advance so you don’t miss out.
Autumn colours flood in between March and May, and the temperature begins to drop into the teens. Autumn is a great time of year to visit Tasmania, as most of the summer crowds have cleared or gone back to work and school, but it’s not too cold that you don’t want to venture out. The fresh produce is at its best during this season, and it’s the perfect time to hit the hiking trails, or take some nice long walks.
In a warm motorhome, you’ll be sure to stay cosy in the winter months, June, July, and August. Temperatures drop to single digits most days, averaging around 9°C, and snow gathers on the higher areas. While not ideal for walks on the beach or spending time out on the water, it is the perfect time for skiing on Ben Lomond, or for weekend getaways to toasty lodges warmed by open fires. Take the opportunity during winter to go whale watching, or even spot the Aurora Australis.
Plant life flourishes through the cold cracks of winter in September as spring sweeps colour over the island. Through to November, spring is the wettest time of the year, so make sure you’ve packed your raincoat. The temperature can vary day to day, so be prepared to do a little on-again-off-again with your jacket. As summer creeps towards the country, these warmer days of spring are a great time of year to be exploring Tasmania in your campervan hire!
No matter what season you find yourselves exploring Tasmania, you’ll be sure have a exciting adventure. There really is no bad time to visit.
How much time should you take to explore Tasmania?
Compared to the mainland of Australia, Tasmania looks small on the map, but with nature parks, wineries, beaches, and interesting cities to explore, there is a lot to do.
If you’re restricted for time and are only planning on visiting Hobart or Launceston, a long weekend away would give you but a taste.
However, if you want to see Tasmania and all it has to offer, a 10-14 day trip would be a great start. Check out our Tasmania Itinerary and slowly meander for up to 21 days to truly get a sense of the gems of the state or pick and choose certain legs to make the most of whatever time you have.
Driving tips in Hobart and Tasmania
As you begin your trip through Tasmania, it’s important to be aware of the Australian road rules and regulations. Ensure your journey is stress-free by keeping these road tips in mind.
Motorists in Australia drive on the left-hand side of the road. Most of the motorhome rentals in Australia come with warnings and stickers to remind you to keep left and this should be at top of mind at all times to ensure safety.
The roads in Tasmania are longer than they appear on the map. It may look small, but the distance between point A and B may be quite vast and you may wish to stop along the way. Allow for extra time.
You must wear your seatbelt at all times.
In urban areas, speed limits are typically 50km/h, and on the open roads up to 100km/h unless signposted otherwise. These speed limits are strictly enforced, so always be aware of changes and drive safely.
Abide by the give way and stop signs.
You must have your licence on you at all times while driving in Australia. If you’re visiting from overseas, your current licence is accepted, but if it is not in English then you will need to acquire an international driving permit.
For peace of mind on your Aussie adventure, opt in for full vehicle insurance and excess cover.
Driver fatigue is a real safety hazard. Long, narrow and winding roads require a lot of concentration, so always make sure you’re well rested before heading out in your Tasmania campervan hire, and take regular breaks or swap drivers.
The roads are long and the towns few and far between, so if you’re travelling outside of the cities, it pays to carry extra fuel.
Wildlife in Australian often comes out after dark. If you can, avoid driving at night.
Check out this Australian driving guide for more comprehensive information.
Tasmanian Camping Trips
Like the rest of Australia , Tasmania is a fantastic place to explore by motorhome.
The national parks in Tasmania are numerous, and many of them are camping friendly. Be sure to check out the Parks & Wildlife Service for all the details about the parks and their facilities.
As well as the national parks, there are many other campgrounds around the state, both public and private. Prices and facilities will vary site to site - some will offer amenities, others will have small stores or BBQ areas. There are even free camping grounds around the state - no facilities here but you can save a few dollars by parking up for the occasional night.
Australian public holidays, including Tasmania
Public holidays in Tasmania are observed like mainland Australia, however a few days may differ.
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