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Launceston Motorhome Rental

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

Campervan rental in Launceston - Your Tasmanian road trip begins

Located in northern Tasmania on the Tamar river, Launceston is a fabulous city to begin or end a campervan holiday in Australia’s island state to the south. With both natural and architectural beauty to admire, soak in the sights, tastes and sounds of the city before exploring the rest of the island.


Fly direct into Launceston from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane or travel by sea on the Spirit of Tasmania. Prefer to start somewhere else in Tasmania? Check out campervan hire in the largest Tasmanian centre Hobart or Devonport.

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.

Rent a campervan in Launceston

Choose from a variety of RV rental companies in Launceston. Simply type your preferred dates into our powerful search engine and filter options based on group size, style preference, budget and more. Whether you’re looking for a self-contained motorhome to accommodate the whole family or a small campervan for one or two of you, Motorhome Republic has got you covered. Book with us to get a great deal and feel secure with 24/7 customer service access.

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. 

Where to go with your Launceston motorhome rental

Tasmania is the perfect location for a road trip. Accessible roads, beautiful scenery, incredible food. You can’t go wrong. Check out our Tasmania road trip itinerary to make the most of the time you have in this gorgeous Australian state. Chop and change as you see fit depending on your own personal preferences.

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. 


Plan your motorhome road trip from Launceston

Australia is a country full of surprises. Wild, desolate deserts, unimaginable coastlines and sparkling cosmopolitan cities bustling with food and wine culture, and exciting nightlife. Tasmania adds another jewel to the crown with its breathtaking landscapes, welcoming people and unique wildlife. This island is located south of the mainland and known for its natural beauty. Almost half of the land is dedicated to reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites, making it the perfect place to explore in a motorhome rental.


Let us help you plan your route from Launceston to experience the best of Tasmania. Learn about the annual events taking place in the city, the best attractions and where to travel next with our useful guide. Plus, use our ‘On the Road’ tab to the right of the page to access information regarding campsites, dump stations, rest stops and other motorhome travel tips that will help you along the way.



Launceston is where many choose to start their exploration of the beautiful island of Tasmania.


Launceston Itineraries

Plan your Tasmanian journey with the help of our itinerary. Take your time exploring this gorgeous state - there’s a lot to see!


A Taste of Tasmania: Hobart Round Trip via Launceston


Start your motorhome holiday in Hobart or Launceston for a round trip route around Tasmania. Make sure to spend a few days in the quirky capital city visiting the Salamanca Market, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Mona Museum. Along the route, visit Cradle Mountain - Lake Saint Clair National Park, the deepest lake in Australia. Sweep through the sparse northwest, dotted with quaint little towns. Sip whisky at the Hellyers Road Distillery and stroll through the Fern Glade Reserve, a luscious park full of native orchids on the Emu River. You might even see a platypus! Stop in Devonport, a midsize city on the north coast and satisfy your sweet tooth at the chocolate factory. Next head to Launceston, one of the Australia’s oldest cities and travel to the Cataract Gorge, great for garden walks, hiking and the longest single span chairlift in the world. The Tasmania Zoo is a 30-minute drive away where you can visit the ferocious Tasmanian Devil. Join a wine tour in Tamar Valley, then travel down the upper east coast. Bay of Fires Walk and Grant’s Lagoon are worth a visit. Wrap up the trip at Wineglass Bay and Great Oyster Bay to experience some of the best beaches in Tasmania where it is possible to see dolphins, seals and whales. This round trip route can start from any point in Tasmania and takes anywhere from 10 to 21 days.


Don’t miss: A trip to Freycinet National Park, voted one of the top national parks in Australia for campervans, located about 2.5 hours from Hobart and Launceston.

Local events across Launceston and Tasmania

What time of the year is your trip planned? See what festivals and events are happening in Launceston and across Tasmania:


This annual event celebrates the city of Launceston through artistic and creative performances supporting local artists.


Discover Tasmania’s most beautiful botanicals held in the Launceston City Park. Wander through galleries, sip wine and sample the city’s favourite food stalls.


Visit Hobart for the Taste of Tassie, highlighting local and international food and wine, and allowing attendees to indulge in some of the finest culinary delights on the island.


This 72-year-old tradition is an iconic summer sporting event starting in the Sydney Harbour and finishing in Hobart, featuring live music, food stalls and live coverage of the race.


Voted one of Australia’s top summer festivals, Falls Festival is a 3 day non-stop music fest supporting local and international bands. Camp onsite on the southeast coast, only a 3 hour drive from Launceston.



Cataract Gorge lies just a short distance from Launceston, but it feels worlds away from civilisation.


Activities in Launceston

Explore Tasmania’s second major city soaking up its best food, wine, culture and nature. Here are the top to-do’s in Launceston with your motorhome rental:


Nature explorations around Launceston


Located only a short walk from the city, Cataract Gorge is the city’s main attraction featuring a swimming pool, Victorian garden, stunning Kings Bridge and the chance to see peacocks at dusk. Check out the Narawntapu National Park to see Tasmania’s wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies and wombats on this peaceful coastal refuge. Climb sand dunes, discover lagoons, go horseback riding and camp near the beach. Drive 10 minutes north of Launceston to find yourself in the wetlands of Tasmania. Check out the interpretation centre to learn about the area and spend the day strolling the boardwalk, checking out the local winged friends.


Must-see attractions in Tasmania


Tasmania offers distinct natural wonders that wow travellers. Head to Mt. Wellington for one of the best views on the island. Drive along the eastern coast to stop by the Bay of Fires and the famous Tasman Arch. Cross the island to Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park to explore ancient rainforest and rich wildlife.




AFL fan? Catch an Aussie Rules Football match at UTAS Stadium to experience Australia’s favourite sport.


Wine and Dine


The Tamar Valley is a great day trip from the city where you can explore historic towns, visit vineyards and cellar doors, all while taking in the picturesque landscape. Visit Hobart’s famous street market and dine at Launceston’s top-rated restaurants:



The verdant Tamar River Valley is the perfect spot for a leisurely winery tour among the many vineyards.


Additional inspiration for your Tasmanian road trip

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Plan your motorhome road trip from Launceston

Trout Territory

Take to the waters with Trout Territory, Launceston, and hook yourself a big one.Since 1999, the highly qualified team at Trout Territory has been running brown trout and rainbow trout tours along the beautiful Tasmanian rivers, streams and lakes. Whether you’re a beginner and are fishing for the first time, or an experienced trout fisherman looking to refine your skills, Trout Territory has tours available for all levels and abilities. Take a single or a multi-day trip and cast your line out to see what you can catch. Pick up your Launceston motorhome rental and head south just 40-minutes; you’ll be reeling in those trout in no time.

Where: 1317 Powranna Road, Cressy, 7302, Tasmania, Australia
Phone: +61 418 875 001 

Cottage Art Deco

Step back in time when you stay at Cottage Art Deco in Launceston. This sweet art deco styled inn is perfect for visitors to Tasmania who love all things vintage. Its décor reminiscent of the 1920s, Cottage Art Deco offers three comfortable bedrooms sleeping up to seven people, creating the ideal accommodation for your family or your group of friends. With a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering and a cosy lounge, this is your home away from home. Close to many of Launceston's local attractions, step out your door and see all the sights of this fabulous Tasmanian city. Take a break from your life on the road and book into the Cottage Art Deco for a few nights. There is manoeuvrable off-street parking for your Launceston motorhome rental.

Where: 56 Thistle Street, Launceston, Tasmania
Phone: +61 0418 145 707 

Entally House

Tucked in amongst acres upon acres of lush green fields, stunning gardens, and a vineyard, the beautiful historic homestead of Entally House envelops visitors into a state of total relaxation. Former family home of Thomas Reibey (Premier of Tasmania 1876 - 1877), Entally House boasts Australia’s oldest conservatory, and numerous historical outbuildings - a chapel, stables and carriage house to start. Stay across the road in the comely Entally Lodge, book out Entally House for a function, wedding or celebration, or simply visit for the day. Just a 15-minute drive in your motorhome rental from Launceston, there is parking on site, so pull up and enjoy a day soaking up a small slice of Tasmania’s history. 

Where: 782 Meander Valley Road, Hadspen, Tasmania, 7290, Australia
Hours: Thursday - Monday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saint John Craft Beer Bar

Spend the evening tasting some of the best craft beer in Tasmania at Saint John Craft Beer Bar. With 14 international, Australian and Tasmanian beers on tap, and over 170 bottled beers, ciders and wines, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you stop by Saint John Craft Beer Bar. While the bar does allow BYO food from the restaurants and cafés nearby, they also operate a St John Craft Beer food truck, which offers guests delicious street food made with local ingredients. In addition to the main bar, the Barrel Room is a private bar space used as an events' venue, and where live music often plays. Located in the heart of the city, you won’t have to venture far in your Launceston motorhome rental. Just remember to have a designated driver.

Where: 133 St John Street, Launceston, Tasmania, 7250, Australia
Hours: Monday - Saturday: 12pm - late
Sunday: 2pm - Late

Harvest Market

Stop by the Harvest Market in Launceston, and delight your senses as you explore the bustling community farmers market. Every Saturday morning the Harvest Market fills the car park on Cimitiere Street, and every week the people flood in from far and wide. From locally grown fruit and vegetables to the catch of the day, cider and craft beer to seedlings for planting, there’s something for everyone at Harvest Market. Pick up your grocery shopping, or treat yourself to a delicious meal before you hit the road in your Launceston motorhome rental.  

Where: 71 Cimitiere Street, in the car park of Albert Hall, Launceston, Tasmania
Hours: Saturdays from 8:30am - 12:30pm

National Automobile Museum of Tasmania

History, elegance, and style await you at the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, and with such a fantastic range of vehicle exhibits each year, it's worth visiting again and again. 
With a passion for preserving cars and celebrating history, National Automobile Museum of Tasmania chooses annual themes which deliver an ever-changing variety of vehicles, all with incredible back stories and historical significance or interest. Spend a morning or afternoon admiring these fabulous vehicles at the museum, or pop up to the mezzanine floor to view all the motorcycles they hold permanently on display. Whether you’re interested in 1900s buggies or 2005 race cars, there’s something for every kind of motorhead. After picking up your Launceston motorhome rental, park outside the museum and take a wander through history.

Where: Corner of Willis & Cimitiere Street, Launceston, Tasmania, 7250, Australia
Hours: Open 7 days, 9:00am - 5:00pm

East Coast Tasmania

There’s nothing quite like the east coast of Tasmania. With so much to see and do, it’s a challenge to narrow your options to the country’s best scenery and attractions. Not to worry, East Coast Tasmania has got you covered, with everything you need to know about a motorhome road trip on the Great Eastern Drive. Discover the best restaurants, markets and food stalls, the hottest spots to bring your camera, the most relaxing beaches to lounge on, and all the annual events up and down the coast. Book a tour straight off the website, and discover great accommodation, should you like a night away from your campervan. From Bay of Fires in the north to Maria Island in the south, the scenery and variety of attractions will blow you away. Pick up your Launceston motorhome rental and hit the road.

Website: eastcoasttasmania.com

Discover Tasmania Tours

Take a break from the driver’s seat and let John from Discover Tasmania Tours escort you to some of Tasmania’s famous hotspots. Fully guided adventures await you when you book with Discover Tasmania Tours. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, a keen wildlife enthusiast, or merely a relaxing tourist, there’s a day trip from Launceston to suit your travel needs. Tailor-made tours are also available. Book online, or email to inquire about a custom tour.  A pick-up service is available all over the city; park your Launceston motorhome rental, and let Discover Tasmania Tours do the rest.

Phone: 47 632 466 542 
Email: info@discovertasmaniatours.com.au