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Campervan hire Tasmania – The best place for your road trip

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.

If you’re flying in or out of Australia’s major centres to discover more of the country, check out motorhome rental in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

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.  

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”.

 

Summer

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

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.

 

Winter

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.

 

Spring

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.  

Get to know Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart

Overview

Hobart is Australia’s second oldest city, and is bordered by acres of untouched wilderness. Surrounded by mountains, beaches and the River Derwent, Hobart is full of great eateries, historic buildings, and delicious food markets. The summer months see festivals booming with music, culinary delicacies and global visitors. In the winter, the slower pace means more time to explore the local sights, have a pint at the one of the many waterside pubs, or head up Mt Wellington for a view like no other. Hobart is truly a place where anything can happen.

Where to stay in Hobart

If you are spending a couple of days in Hobart before picking up your RV rental, the Salamanca Place and Sullivans Cove areas are bursting with great hotels. In the business district there are plenty of places to rest after a busy day of exploring, and further from the centre of the city you’ll find motels and bed-and-breakfasts. When you pick up your campervan, holiday parks and campgrounds on the outskirts of Hobart provide a variety of options, and Sandy Beach, while a little further out, does make for a beautiful place to stay.

Hobart entertainment: music, museums and more

Hobart always has something happening, whether it be art installations in the galleries, family fun days, or new exhibitions in the museums. Friday evenings in Salamanca Art Centre see people filling the courtyard for live music. This weekly event is called Rektango, and is a fantastic night out. Over New Years, the Taste of Tasmania highlights the region’s food and drink on the waterfront, and in early February the Royal Hobart Regatta fills the rivermouth with boats of all shapes and sizes. A traditional agriculture field day, The Royal Hobart Show, and the Hobart Summer Festival both happen during the warmer months. The great thing about a campervan is the ability to get to all the events that take your fancy.

Eating out in Hobart

So much of Hobart’s foodie scene involves fresh and local produce from Tasmania. Head out on a Saturday morning to the Salamanca Markets to pick up supplies, or visit Garadistes one evening for a casual but delicious gourmet dinner from their wood-fire oven. In this maritime city, fresh seafood is abundant, and what better way to try out the local catch than tasting the regional specialty: Tasmania lobster and scallop pie.

As well as delectable dinners, Tasmania knows a thing or two about beverages. Both in the warm summer months and the cool winter days, there’s something to satisfy your taste buds. The Tamar Valley wine region is famous for its great whites and deep reds, and Hobart’s local breweries are spot on. Open for tours and tasting, the Cascade brewery is the largest in Hobart, and is a perfect way to spend a few hours. Down near the waterfront, the Lark Distillery is a must visit for whiskey connoisseurs.

Hobart’s land, culture, and people

Backed by Mt Wellington, or kunanyi - Aboriginal for ‘the mountain’ - Hobart sits by the River Derwent. The suburbs crawl up the river and along the coast as the city grows and expands, ever creating new town boundaries.

Residents of Hobart are relaxed and creative, and the community is proud of their Tasmanian home. The arts play a huge part in the life of the people in Hobart. Music and entertainment are of strong importance, and Hobart is often host to local and international artists. Much of these events are set in Salamanca place, and the historical neighbourhood of Battery Point. As well as music, the ocean is central to Hobart’s history and culture today. Once upon a time, it was the only way in or out, and now it is used as a source of recreation, transport, and of course, fresh fish.

Transport in Hobart

A motorhome rental cannot be beaten for experiencing the scenery of Tasmania, with the added bonus that it doubles up as accommodation. If you find yourself, however, having to get around in Hobart without a vehicle, the public bus system makes exploring a breeze. And with buses to and from the airport, you can be in central city in no time. Timetables are online and at most bus stops, you can purchase your tickets as you board. There is also a coach service, the Tassielink Transit, which connects the major cities and towns within Tasmania, and is a great way to travel out from Hobart.

Weather in Hobart

While Australia is known for being incredibly hot, Tasmania is so far south that it’s one of the coolest places in the country. The summer days are long and warm, averaging a high of 21°C, and while it’s cold in the winter, averaging 9°C during the day, it’s not often that Hobart itself gets any snow. Much like Adelaide, Hobart is a very dry capital most of the year, so unless you’re planning a trip for spring, it’s unlikely that you will have to worry much about rain when you venture out on your motorhome holiday.

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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

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

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.

Plan your motorhome road trip from Hobart

With its World Heritage sites, national parks, abundant wildlife and beautiful beaches, Tasmania is the perfect place to hire a motorhome and hit the road. Begin in the state capital of Hobart, making sure you experience all this southern city has to offer before you go.

 

In this guide, you’ll find links to our recommended Tasmania road trip itineraries, as well as a look into the events and festivals happening each year. Hobart and Tasmania have some brilliant activities in which to partake, and many photo-worthy attractions to visit. Here we will introduce you to our top picks, and help you get a closer look at the happenings of the region, with additional Hobart-related articles.

 

Tasmania almost feels like it’s an entirely different country - and Hobart is the best place to start exploring it.

 

Motorhome itineraries beginning or ending in Hobart

Tasmania is a treasure trove of beautiful scenery, fantastic dining and unique culture, in a compact and navigable setting. Choose a road trip below and get your great Tasmanian adventure started.

 

Hobart Round Trip: A Taste of Tasmania (10-21 days)

Start and end your road trip in Hobart, and explore the far corners of Australia’s southernmost state. Visit the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, the town of Devonport, the Tasmania Zoo, and the breathtaking Wineglass Bay. You’ll get more than just a taste of Tasmania when you road trip this beautiful state in your motorhome. Not only is it jampacked with stunning scenery and interesting towns, but this island state is the perfect size for exploring every nook and cranny. The total distance of this road trip is 1188 km, and while we recommend taking 10 - 21 days to see it all, you’re free to chop and change as it suits you.

 

Hobart to Hobart Road Trip (7 days)

If you’re interested in a shorter round trip, this Hobart to Hobart route is a suggested 7 days, sticking to the main highlights Tasmania has to offer. Pick up your motorhome in Hobart, and head north along the coast before ducking inland to visit Launceston and exploring the wine region. The route then takes you to the west coast, before swinging back inland to the Southwest Lakes. Don’t miss the Southwest National Park, full of beautiful nature reserves and pristine lakes to explore. Check out the fascinating Creepy Crawly Nature Trail; this 20-minute walk is a hit with the kids and even the adults could learn a thing or two. End your road trip back in Hobart and explore the capital city before heading on your way.

 

Events and festivals in Hobart

It’s not uncommon to roll into town while there’s a big festival on in Hobart. The city knows how to throw a party, so no matter when you visit or what you’re into, there’s bound to be something on.

Amp up your motorhome tour of Tasmania with as many events as you can fit in during your visit. There are major festivals and celebrations throughout the year - even in the dead of winter - so you should be able to add one of these exciting attractions to your experience. Naturally, a campervan rental in Tasmania will help you move around the island and attend as many of them as possible!

 

  • Falls Festival:
    The Falls Music & Arts Festival is held in three separate places each year on New Year’s Eve. Tasmania’s festival occurs in Marion Bay less than an hour from Hobart. It’s a celebration of all kinds of live performances, with circus acts, cabaret, dance and music to keep you entertained, and it’s not uncommon for some of Australia’s best acts to take to the stage during the event. 

  • Targa Tasmania:
    Targa Tasmania is a heart-stopping five-day rally event held at locations all over Tasmania. With its history in the Sicilian Targa Florio race, this is the world’s largest, longest and hardest tarmac rally. You can follow the event and the drivers (at a much more sedate pace) around the island with a Tasmania motorhome hire. 

  • Festival of Voices:
    Taking place over two weeks each winter, the Festival of Voices gives off-season travellers an event to get excited about. Focusing solely on the power of singing, you’ll be able to watch choir performances and famous singers alike or attend workshops all over Hobart. 

  • Dark Mofo:
    Hosted by the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Dark Mofo is an annual festival dedicated to the darkness - hence why it’s held at the darkest point of the year, with 10 days leading up to the winter equinox on June 21. There will be food, music, art, film, and lots and lots of noise. 

  • Rektango (Friday evenings)
    You can head into town any Friday evening from 5:30pm to 7:30pm to visit the Salamanca Art Centre’s Courtyard. Grab a hot mulled wine in the winter or a chilled beer in the summer, and sit back and enjoy the fantastic free live entertainment.

  • Taste of Tasmania (New Year’s)
    If you’re in Hobart over New Year’s, Taste of Tasmania is a fabulous food festival, which incorporates a multitude of cuisines, including cultural dishes and interesting performances.

  • Royal Hobart Regatta (February)
    The Royal Hobart Regatta hosts a range of events including sailing, rowing, and swimming, all supported by the The Royal Australian Navy, Airforce and Army. For 3 days straight the Derwent River, the Queens Domain and even the sky is abuzz with activity.

  • The Royal Hobart Show (October)
    Celebrating all things Australian, the Royal Hobart Show is an agricultural show like you’ve never seen. Both entertaining and educational, the three-day show is a great event for the whole family.

  • Hobart Summer Festival (December)
    For eleven days, people from far and wide gather in Hobart for the Summer Festival. Head to the waterfront to purchase fresh seafood, join in on the festivities, watch street buskers and catch some theatre - the Hobart Summer Festival has it all.

 

Hobart’s Salamanca Markets are famed across Tasmania for their astounding array of crafts and produce.

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Activities and attractions

In addition to adrenaline inducing outdoor pursuits, Hobart has a range of great activities and attractions that are must-sees on your Tasmania RV road trip.

Things to do, must-see attractions, activities - whatever you want to call them Tasmania has a ton. Many of the state’s most popular sites are natural creations that have been around for as long as the island, while there is also a good serving of man-made must-see as well. For those travelling in campervans in Tasmania, there’s no reason why you won’t be able to tick all of these activities, as well as many more of your own choosing, off your list.

 

Sports

The sports scene in Hobart is prominent, so you’ll be able to catch some of the action on your visit. Catch an Aussies Rules match at Hobart’s premier football ground, North Hobart Oval, or see what cricket matches are on at the Blundstone Arena, Bellerive.

 

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Music, Arts and History

Hobart has a fascinating history, and amongst the music and arts scene there are multiple tours, centres and museums where you can learn more about Tasmania’s story.

 

Food & Wine

Often a highlight of road trips are the delicious dining hot spots you find along the way. Hobart has some spectacular restaurants, markets and breweries ready to indulge and delight your inner foodie.

 

Outdoor Activities

From King River Rafting to Mt Wellington Bike Tours, if getting the blood pumping and the heart racing is on your holiday agenda, then Hobart has some brilliant sports activities for you. Join one of the Kayak Day Tours and paddle your way through some of Tasmania’s most stunning waters, or don your leathers and jump on a bike with Moto Adventure Tasmania to see the road in a new light.

 

Breathe in the fresh air as you head out hiking, mountain biking or swimming in this stunning island state. Choose your own adventure and get to know Hobart from a brand new perspective.

 

Nature

Beaches, parks, and gardens are all on the horizon when you explore some of Hobart’s beautiful nature. Visit the animals at the Bonorong Wildlife park, or meander through the Botanical Gardens.

Explore Hobart

Richmond Village

The beautiful, historic Richmond Village is famous for its Georgian architecture, cosy wee tea shops, boutique vineyards and so much more. Located just a 30-minute drive from Hobart city, and only 20 minutes from the Hobart International Airport, this sweet little town is a must-see on your Tasmania motorhome road trip. Richmond Village in the Coral River Valley has a fascinating history dating back to the early 1800s, all of which you can learn about in the numerous museums in town. Dine out at the many restaurants, cafes, and eateries, get in some boutique shopping or simply wander around the streets and see what you can discover.

Where: Richmond, Tasmania, 7025, Australia

 

Freycinet National Park is home to some of the most stunning beaches on the face of the planet.

 

A little more Tasmanian inspiration

Feeling inspired yet? Read up on some more of the incredible things you can explore in Hobart and across Tasmania.

 

  • 5 Motorhome Holiday Destinations for History Buffs - Port Arthur

One of Tasmania’s top tourist attractions these days, visitors to Port Arthur can soak in the somewhat colourful history of the area and even head out on a boat ride to the Isle of the Dead.

 

  • Top 5 Australian National Parks for Campervan Travellers - Freycinet

The Freycinet National Park is just a two and a half hour trip north from Hobart. Visit the famous Wineglass Bay in all its stunning beach glory while you’re in the area, and be sure to hire a shorter length campervan if you plan on staying a night or two, as the campground does not accommodate longer-length vehicles.

 

  • 7 Top Music Festivals for Your Down Under Summer - Falls Festival, Tasmania

One of the top music festivals Down Under, the New Year’s Falls Festival in Australia moves around depending on the year. On occasion it is hosted by Tasmania, in Marion Bay just under an hour’s drive towards the coast from Hobart.

 

Other Helpful Links

 

Types of Motorhomes You Can Rent in Australia

Not sure what’s on offer in terms of campervan hire in Tasmania? Take a look at what you could drive away in for your holiday.

 

Top 5 Australian National Parks for Campervan Travellers

Australia is full of awesome national parks where you can stay for a night or five on your travels - here are our top 5!

 

A Traveler’s Guide to Australian Slang

Understanding the Aussies doesn’t have to be hard yakka (the local term for ‘hard work’), just use this guide to translate your way through the Lucky Country. 

 

Top Tips for Camping Australia in a Motorhome

Camping is a great way to explore Australia, so keep these tips in mind when you pick up your Tasmania campervan hire. 

 

5 Motorhome Holiday Destinations for History Buffs

Is history your favourite trivia category, and are motorhomes your favourite form of travel? These destinations could be perfect for your next escape. 

 

Seasonal Tips for Motorhome Travellers

Travelling by motorhome can get you where you want to go at any time of year. Here are our expert tips for campervan road trips at any time of year. 

 

Australia: A Top-Rated Motorhome Destination

From the outback to the shorelines to the weather, check out why Aussie rates as one of the world’s best motorhome destinations. 

 

A Global Guide to Motorhome Camping Guides

No matter where you are in the world, we’ve got you covered with campsite guides for your motorhome holiday. 

 

Luxury Motorhome Rentals Across the Globe

Check out the most luxurious campervans money can get you, where the ‘rooms’ are nicer than what you’d find at most hotels! 

While You're On The Road in Your Tasmania Campervan Hire

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.

 

When you decide to try campervan hire in Tasmania, your first thoughts will no doubt be all about the incredible sights you’ll see and experiences you’ll try. It’s only natural to consider these fun and exciting aspects of travel before anything else, but once you’ve more or less figured out all the places you most want to see, you’ll need to turn your attention to some of the practicalities of campervan rental in Tasmania. 

 

Namely, where you’ll park up at night, where you can stop off when you’re tired, and where you can stock up on food supplies for the trip. Tick this less fun (but just as important) travel-planning task off your list with our information below. 

 

Motorhome Campsites we recommend

Travelling with an RV is an ideal way to see Tasmania as you’ve got everything you need with you - including your accommodation every night. To make your trip even easier, spend your evenings in campsites where you’ll have access to power, bathrooms and other facilities. 
 

Hobart

Hobart Airport Tourist Park

If you’ve just flown in but need a place to stay, the Hobart Airport Tourist Park is only a couple of minutes away. With brand new facilities and Tasmania’s capital at your doorstep, you can’t get off to a better start with campervan hire in Tasmania than right here. 

Address: 2 Flight Street, Cambridge TAS 7170, Australia
Contact No: +61 3 6248 4551
Website: tas.big4.com.au


Richmond Caravan Park

Just 30 minutes from Hobart, the Richmond Caravan Park is in a convenient location and offers a range of powered and unpowered camp sites. Stay here and enjoy facilities such as a kitchen, BBQ, tennis court, playground, swimming pool and on-site store or relax in your Tasmania motorhome hire. 

Address: 48 Middle Tea Tree Rd, Richmond TAS 7025, Australia
Contact No: +61 3 6260 2192
Website: richmondcaravanpark.com.au 


Barilla Holiday Park

Play mini golf, treat yourself to an ice cream, or refuel with a wood-fired pizza at this family-friendly holiday park just 15 minutes from Hobart city. If your campervan hire in Tasmania is from Cruising Tasmania, Devil Campers, Hertz, Apollo, Maui or Britz, you’ll even enjoy a small discount on your stay. 

Address: 75 Richmond Rd, Cambridge TAS 7170, Australia
Contact No: +61 3 6248 5453
Website: barilla.com.au


New Norfolk Caravan Park

With 40 powered sites and a further 25 unpowered areas, the New Norfolk Caravan Park offers travellers a place to rest right next to the Derwent River. The park is just over 30 minutes from Hobart and is an ideal spot to enjoy nature.

Address: The Esplanade, New Norfolk TAS 7140, Australia
Contact No: +61 3 6261 1268
Website: newnorfolkcp.com


Hobart Cabins and Cottages

Just 15 minutes from the centre of Hobart, this accommodation site is the perfect place to stay if you want to be in the thick of the action on your Tasmania campervan hire roadtrip. There’s a playground, games room, laundry, and BBQ facilities on site, and free Wi-Fi throughout.

Address: 19-21 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood TAS 7010, Australia
Contact No: +61 3 6272 7115
Website: hobartcabinscottages.com.au


 

Elsewhere in Tasmania

White Beach Tourist Park

It doesn’t get much more beautiful than this RV campsite just 10 minutes from the Port Arthur Historic Site. Stay here and enjoy direct access to the beach, as well as all the activities that come with it such as swimming, kayaking fishing. You’ll have the option of a powered or grassy spot for your campervan.

Address:128 White Beach Rd, White Beach TAS 7184, Australia
Contact No: +61 3 6250 2142
Website: whitebeachtouristpark.com.au


Low Head Tourist Park

If you’re travelling through the north of Tasmania, spend a night or two at the Low Head Tourist Park in the Tamar Valley just out of George Town. Both the powered and non-powered RV sites offer great views of the Tamar River and come with an array of facilities such as a kitchen, laundry, and BBQ area.

Address: 136 Low Head Rd, Low Head TAS 7253, Australia
Contact No: +61 3 6382 1573
Website: www.lowheadtouristpark.com.au


Strahan Holiday Retreat

The Strahan Holiday Retreat is found on the east coast of Tasmania on 11 acres of lush green land. You’ll be surrounded by trees and streams during your stay here, and all campervan hire sites come with free Wi-Fi access.

Address: 8-10 Innes St, Strahan TAS 7468, Australia
Contact No: +61 3 6471 7442
Website: strahanholidaypark.com.au


Swansea Holiday Park

The Swansea Holiday Park in Swansea is the perfect place to stop when you explore the nearby Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s east coast. It’s only a couple of hours from Hobart and Launceston, and the powered camp sites will have you ready to roll again in the morning. 

Address: 2 Bridge St, Swansea TAS 7190, Australia
Contact No: +61 3 6257 8148
Website: swansea-holiday.com.au


Wings Wildlife Park

This wildlife park is the only one of its kind in Tasmania, as it offers accommodation options as well as animal attractions. Located in the north of the island, this option offers both Tasmania’s largest wildlife collection, and camping options on the banks of the Leven River. 

Address: 137 Winduss Rd, Gunns Plains TAS 7315, Australia
Contact No: +61 3 6429 1151
Website: wingswildlife.com.au


Port Arthur Holiday Park

The Port Arthur Holiday Park is right next to many of the area’s top attractions such as the Coal Mines Historic Sites and the Remarkable Cave. Your stay includes free Wi-Fi, kitchen facilities and even an outdoor pizza oven.

Address: LOT 1 Garden Point Rd, Port Arthur TAS 7182, Australia
Contact No: +61 3 6250 2340
Website: portarthurhp.com.au


Abel Tasman Caravan Park

Stay near Devonport and Cradle Mountain in the north of Tasmania at the Abel Tasman Caravan Park. It’s right next to the beach and kids playground, and there are both powered and unpowered sites available.

Address: 6 Wright St, East Devonport TAS 7310, Australia
Contact No: +61 3 6427 8794
Website: abeltasmancaravanpark.com.au

 

RV Dump Stations

It might not be what you first think of when you excitedly book your motorhome hire in Tasmania, but RV dump stations will be an essential part of your trip. The majority of campervan sites will have their own facilities where you can empty your grey and black water tanks, but there are plenty more scattered about that you can use for a small fee or for free.

 

Grubb Street Showgrounds

Located in Beaconsfield, this area offers a 12-hour limit rest area with a dump point ideal for anyone travelling between Launceston and Georgetown.

 

Bothwell Public Dump Point

This free site is found in the marketplace at the back of the Council Caravan Park in Bothwell not far off the main Highway Lakes Road.

 

Burnie City Sewerage Treatment Plant

Use this dump station at 15391 Bass Highway right on the coast as you pass through Somerset in your Tasmania campervan rental, which is northwest of Devonport.

 

Cooee Sale Yards

Head to the Cooee Sale Yards via Turrung Street just 3km north-west of Burnie. Ideal for travellers following the Bass Highway along the coast. 

 

Burtons Reserve

Located in Cygnet roughly an hour southwest of Hobart, this reserve is a public park area. Find the dump spot next to the toilet block.

 

Deloraine Dump Point

Deloraine Dump point is less than an hour west of Launceston, approximately half way to Cradle Mountain. Find the dump station next to the racecourse on Racecourse Road. 

 

Franklin Public Dump Point

Find the Franklin Public Dump Point opposite the Old Franklin Tavern roughly an hour’s drive southwest of Hobart in a campervan rental.

 

Hamilton Dump Point

Heading northwest from Hobart? The Hamilton Dump Point is just over an hour away on Tarleton Street, which is just off the main road as you pass through.

 

Victoria Memorial Hall

Located in Kempton, the Victoria Memorial Hall is centrally located on National Highway 1 as you head out of or towards Hobart. 

 

Kingston Public Dump Point

Kingston is only 15 minutes south along the coast from Hobart, so dropping your waste here opposite the entrance to the Wetlands Reserve makes sense if you’re heading back this way in your Tasmania motorhome hire.

 

Latrobe Dump Point

Drop your waste on Welde Street just off Cotton Street in Latrobe just south of Devonport and an hour from Launceston. 

 

Cradle Mountain Information Centre

Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania’s biggest attractions, so drop your waste here during your visit at the visitor’s centre. 

 

Zeehan Public Dump Point

If you’re heading out west by Strahan or the Granville Harbour, the Zeehan Public Dump Point on Mulcahy Street could be an ideal spot to drop waste. 

 

Wynyard Solid Waste Transfer Station

Wynyard is a town in the northwest of Tasmania up the coast from Devonport. There’s an RV dump station on Goldie Street here at the Waste Transfer plant. 

 

Rest Areas

As Tasmania is such a mecca for campervan hire tours, the island is conveniently dotted with rest areas where you can stop and stretch those legs, or simply climb in the back for a power nap if you’re feeling tired. Rest areas are well sign posted off main highways, and campsites are also good places to stop.

 

Perth Park Area

  • Rest rooms

  • Picnic tables

  • Playground

  • Handicap access

  • BBQ
     

Somerset Park Area

  • BBQ

  • Picnic tables

  • Rest rooms
     

Franklin River Park Area

  • Picnic tables

  • Rest rooms

  • Scenic point
     

Hamilton Camping Area

  • Dump station

  • Handicap access

  • BBQ

  • Picnic tables

  • Showers

  • Rest rooms

  • Water
     

Raspins Beach Park Area

  • Rest rooms

  • Scenic point
     

Grants Lagoon Camping Area

  • Rest rooms
     

St Peters Pass Rest Area

  • BBQ

  • Picnic tables

  • Rest rooms

  • Water
     

Jonah Bay Camping Area

  • BBQ

  • Scenic point

  • Rest rooms
     

Myrtle Park Camping Area

  • Handicap access

  • BBQ

  • Food available

  • Picnic tables

  • Playground

  • Rest rooms

  • Water
     

Hellyer Gorge Rest Area

  • Picnic tables

  • Scenic point

  • Rest rooms

  • Water

 

Petrol stations

Once you’ve got your camper hire in Tasmania, the only major spending you’ll likely be doing is on your petrol costs. Prices in the state fluctuate as much as they do anywhere else in the world, but your best bet is usually to fill up in major towns where the costs are lowest. 

Should you find yourself in the middle of nowhere with a tank on low, it may even be an idea to only fill up what you need to get to a cheaper service station to fill up the rest of the way. 

One final note - don’t forget to completely refill your petrol tank before you return your Tasmania campervan hire to the depot. It will usually be part of your agreement when you sign up for your motorhome rental, and failing to do so can lead to a fee (on top of the cost of refilling the tank). Fortunately, most rental facilities will have petrol stations nearby, so it may be an idea to ask your agent for the closest one when you pick up the vehicle. 

 

Supermarkets

Stocking up on food and supplies at major supermarkets will help you save on costs during your travels, as it will allow you to ‘eat at home’ rather than dining out at expensive restaurants. Many Tasmania motorhome hire options come with kitchenettes in which you can cook up a storm, so planning your meals before you hit the road will really help the budget. The Acton Market is the closest to the Hobart Airport, but larger supermarkets with more options can be found both northeast and west on the A3. The main stores to look for are Coles and Woolworths.  

Of course, you should put some money aside to try out Tasmania’s restaurants - the state is known for its exceptional food after all! 

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