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Launceston Motorhome Rental

Welcome to Launceston, a north Tasmanian city and a gateway to your motorhome holiday on the island.

 

Hiring a motorhome in Launceston

There are fewer than 100,000 people living in Launceston, which is approximately a fifth of the entire population of Tasmania. With Motorhome Republic, you have the choice of four fleets of campervans and RVs to help you find the right vehicle for your holiday. If you’re only planning a quick visit, you can pick up a motorhome for just a few days, or you can take one on a comprehensive tour of the island over the space of a few weeks. You’ll find a range of family motorhomes, compact campervans and deluxe RVs, so you won’t have any problems renting an RV in Launceston to suit your needs. 

 

Things to do with your Launceston motorhome hire

If you’ve got the time for a full trip around Tasmania, the best way may be to start at Launceston and make a slow loop around the island. 

 

One of the stops you’ll have to make is at the Port Arthur Historic Site. It’s roughly 250 kilometres from Launceston if you were to drive direct, and is where you will find an old penal facility. You can take a tour of the site and even head 30 minutes out from the facility to visit the fascinating old coal mines. 

 

Winter (and early spring) visitors can check out the ski field at the Ben Lomond National Park. Situated at 1,453 metres, the village is the highest area you can visit in Tasmania, and is only 1.5 hours from Launceston. 

 

The Cradle Mountain National Park, 2 hours from Launceston, is another great location. It’s part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, a stunning natural place of glacial rivers, mountains, pines and lakes. 

 

For summer visitors, one of the best spots on the island is at the Freycinet Peninsula, just over two hours from Launceston. The area is a nature lover’s paradise, with hiking tracks, beautiful swimming spots and hours of coastline to be discovered by kayak. 

 

In the south of Tasmania down past Hobart is the spectacular Tahune Forest AirWalk. This attraction is a series of walking bridges built above and amongst the canopies with views over the Picton and Huon Rivers. It would take you approximately 4 hours to drive here directly from Launceston. 

 

For something the whole family will love, visit the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, about 2 hours from Launceston. This is your chance to see wildlife that is extinct everywhere else but in Tasmania – including the Tasmanian devil!

Escape to Rainbow Lodge in Tasmania to get away from it all and simply enjoy the act of being outdoors and casting your line for wild brown and rainbow trout. In fact, there’s no better place on the planet to catch these fish. Not only can you stay at this serene lodge, the on-site experienced guides will take you out to the best locations on Tasmania’s pristine rivers and lakes. Here, you can try a range of tour options, including sight casting to mayfly feeders, midging fish, polaroiding in shallow areas, and tailing trout. You’ll learn all about the local area and may even pick up a few new pointers to up your fly fishing game. Rainbow Lodge is only a two-hour drive from Hobart, or a one-hour trip with a Launceston motorhome rental. Based from 16 Thiessen Crescent, Miena TAS 7030, Australia.

 

Best times of year to visit Launceston

Any time of year is a good time of year to hire a motorhome from Launceston. Just keep in mind that Tasmania is usually a bit colder than the rest of Australia. Winters (June to August) are chilly but offer beautiful landscapes and even the chance for snow sports. Spring brings bursts of life and colour to the whole island with a quick rise in temperature, while summer (December to February) is a mild and very comfortable time of year with average highs sitting around 20 degrees Celsius. There are plenty of events around Tasmania in autumn thanks to the region’s highly agreeable climate from March to May.

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Campervan hire Launceston – hit the road in Tasmania

The second largest city in Tasmania, Launceston is a charming and historic tourist destination which doubles up as a great base for exploring the east coast. Launceston is a pastiche of architectural styles, from Georgian to Art Deco, and is situated on the Tamar River - a stone’s throw from the famous Cataract Gorge. Fly direct into Launceston from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane or travel by sea on the Spirit of Tasmania.


Launceston has a mild and pleasant climate that makes it ideal for campervan holidays. From October until May are the most popular tourist months, with temperatures suited to outdoor activities. In winter, temperatures can drop to 5 to 10 degrees.

 

Compare the best deals for Tasmania camper hire

Launceston has various options for campervan travellers. But at Motorhome Republic we make it easy by pulling all the information together and comparing Launceston Campervan rental companies in one place. Everything you need to know is right there on the results page. 

Australia is perfectly suited to campervan travel and Tasmania is no different. What sets it apart however are the windy roads and cooler climates. To make driving a little easier, many campers opt for small vans or motorhomes. These are often built on a converted van chassis, and are either self-contained with a simple toilet and shower, or just a van with a double bed and camp cooking equipment. Launceston has plenty of holiday parks to choose from, so don’t worry about not having a shower on board. 

 

Things to see and do in Launceston

Launceston city is small and easy to explore. Take a walk along the boardwalk linking the Seaport to Inveresk. There are fabulous views and you can visit the Queen Victoria Museum – one of Australia's best regional galleries.


If you want to lose yourself for an hour, visit the monkeys in City Park and watch as the babies clamber over each other. The park is also famous for holding Festivale – Tasmania’s premier food and wine festival. The immense, rocky cliff faces of Cataract Gorge are spectacular. Take the chairlift across and gaze at the surging waters below. On the other side of the gorge the impressive bushlands are dotted with peacocks and wallabies and you can opt for a quiet stroll or take on more of a hike. 


Meet the infamous Tasmanian Devils at Trowunna Wildlife Park, situated about 70km west of Launceston, near Devonport. Their spine-chilling screeches and bad tempers make for an unforgettable experience. In the rest of the park you’ll find kangaroos, possums, frogs and even wombats you can cuddle. Many of these animals are orphaned or injured and will be returned to the wild once they have fully rehabilitated. 

 

Food and drink in Launceston

Launceston is quickly becoming a foodie destination. There are 200-year-old pubs dotting the sophisticated streetscapes and more modern fare lining the waterfront.

  • For traditional fine dining, Stillwater is a favourite. Built into an old mill from the 1830s, its rustic timber crossbeams make for a warm and comfortable feel.  

  • Fresh is a vegetarian cafe with an enormous breakfast menu. It is kitsch and airy and holds live music on weekends. 

  • Blue Cafe Bar is one of the most popular breakfast bars in town. Hidden in Inveresk Railyards, it doesn’t look like much but the food is spot on and the coffee is strong.


Away from the cafes, taste the best of local produce with the lunch platters offered in many of the local wineries.

 

Camping options for Launceston camper hire

Launceston offers various options for campervan travellers, with prices varying between AU$20 and AU$50 a night. Launceston Treasure Island is one of the more established parks. It’s central to all attractions as it’s only 2km from the city centre. Being this central does mean added city noise. It has all the usual amenities plus free barbeques and gas refills. 


On the outskirts of the city you’ll find Longford Riverside Caravan Park. It’s reasonably priced and lies on the banks of the Macquarie River where you can freshwater fish. 


If you’d rather get a little closer to nature, camp roadside and wake up to the sounds of the sea. Tasmania has many free overnight parking areas open for campervans. There are a handful near Launceston and others along the coast. Visit an information office for a map of these free sites.  


Tasmania travels – road trips from Launceston

The trip from Launceston to the Bay of Fires is one of the best drives in Australia. It will wind you around mountain roads, through vineyards and tropical forests and leads to white sandy beaches. Travel down the east coast to Freycinet National Park for stunning views. But there are other little spots along the coast ideal for camping on the beach. Try fishing and diving or visit the old convict ruins.


Cradle Mountain is an easy day drive from Launceston. There are windy roads that make for slow driving in a campervan, but the rewards are magnificent. The jagged peaks and icy streams exemplify wilderness. It’s one of the most popular natural areas in Tasmania and is easy to see why. 

 

Driving your camper safely in Launceston  

  • Watch out for echidnas searching for ants in the dirt beside the road. Road kill is frequent on the 100km stretch towards Cradle Mountain.

  • Keep locals happy by taking your rubbish with you and disposing of it thoughtfully.

  • Tasmania is cooler than the rest of Australia and temperatures can drop quickly overnight – pack warm clothing and bedding. 

  • Expect to pay a few cents more for petrol per litre compared to other Australian states.

 

Launceston RV rental brands

Go Cheap Motorhomes

Go Cheap Motorhomes is just across the road from Launceston Airport at 149 Evandale Road, and to make that 500 metre trip even easier, the team provides a free shuttle to the depot. The campervans and RVs in the Go Cheap fleet offer plenty of choice for any number of travellers. For two people, there is a standard hitop camper, fully equipped Tamar and Sandpiper RVs with kitchens and bathrooms, and a two- to three-berth Huntsman that looks and acts like a motorhome, only in a more compact size. For groups of four, there’s the standard Henty motorhome, or the luxurious Birdsville RV. Groups of six also have a standard and luxury option with either the Derwent or the Discovery. All motorhomes are no more than six years old. The Launceston depot is open 9am to 4pm on weekdays and 9am to 3pm most days of the year, but closes down completely on public holidays and over the Christmas period between December 24 and January 10. You may be able to pick up your motorhome in Launceston as late as 6.30pm with prior arrangement and the payment of an $80 fee. 

 

Energi Motorhomes and Bargain Car Rentals

Bargain Car Rentals offers a good selection of campervans and motorhomes in Launceston. At the larger end of the scale, there is both a four or six berth motorhome in a family standard model, or deluxe model. Bargain also has campervans suited to two, three, or four people, including a two-berth Mercedes Sprinter that has on-board bathroom facilities for those looking for a self-contained set of wheels. Energi Motorhomes’ fleet is diverse and affordable, covering everything from basic two-person vans and hitops, to fully equipped two-person campers, four-berth vans and four- to six-berth RVs. When you hire with Energi, the daily rate tends to decrease as the length of the hire period increases. The Launceston depot for Energi and Bargain Car Rentals is at 276 Airport Road, Launceston Airport, which is a 15-20 minute walk from the airport or a very quick taxi ride down the 1 kilometre stretch of road. The other option is to call the depot on arrival, which will see a representative come to meet you at the airport pick up area in your rental. Standard operating hours are 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday, but you may be able to arrange after-hours pick ups to as late as 10pm or 11pm by arranging ahead of time and agreeing to pay an extra $100 fee. 

 

Tasmania Campers

Tasmania Campers in Launceston is a serviced non-depot location, so the team will discuss pick-up and drop-off procedures with you when you book your campervan or motorhome. The Tasmania Campers range includes a two-person sleepervan fitted with basic kitchen facilities, and a hitop Trailfinder that’s suited to two adults and two children. The Bush Camper is their 4WD offering and has room for two kids and two adults, while the Trail Seeker and Trail Explorer are the four- and six-berth motorhome options (respectively). The company operates from 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Sunday, and is closed on Christmas Day. 

 

Launceston Motorhome Facts

Average rental length
January9 days
April10 days
October9 days
Average 2 berth rental price
January$178
April$193
October$140

Top Launceston Rentals Brands

Cruisin Motorhomes Australia

Great, 81%
100+ reviews
Tasmania Campers AU

Great, 78%
20+ reviews
Energi Campers Tasmania

Good, 77%
20+ reviews
Bargain Camper Rentals Tasmania

Good, 74%
50+ reviews
GoCheap Campervans Australia

Good, 74%
20+ reviews

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