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.