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Get off the mainland and explore for less than $36 a day.

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Located in Tasmania's north, Launceston is often used as a gateway to the rest of the island. To its west is the iconic Cradle Mountain, to the east is the Great Eastern Drive and just north is the beautiful Tamar Valley.

The tiny island of Tasmania is just begging to be explored by car, and if you're enticed by the idea of driving through Launceston and its exquisite surrounds, we've got all the info you need. Plus we've got car hire deals from the top rental companies in the area as well as general road rules so you stay safe all road trip long.

Compare car hire prices in Launceston

Want a general idea of what everything will cost so you can start budgeting for your trip? We've sussed out how much you can expect to pay for your car by size.

Our figures are based on a quote from our engine. We looked at how much it would cost to hire a rental car for five days from Launceston Airport, booked a month in advance for a driver aged 30 or older.

Small, economy car

  • Car: Hyundai Accent Hatch
  • Seats: 4
  • Luggage: 1 large bag and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Bargain Car Rentals
  • Cost: $178.94 for 5 days, or $35.78 per day

Medium car

  • Car: Nissan Almera
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 1 large bag and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: East Coast Rentals
  • Cost: $197.42 for 5 days, or $39.48 per day

Large car

  • Car: Kia Cerato
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 2 large bags and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Alamo
  • Cost: $231.81 for 5 days, or $46.36 per day

SUV

  • Car: Subaru Forester
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 2 large bags and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Alamo
  • Cost: $229.14 for 5 days, or $45.82 per day

Prices mentioned above were retrieved on 11 October 2018 and are subject to change. Get the latest prices for your car hire today.


Who offers car hire at Launceston Airport?

You can also hire cars from these companies in Launceston CBD.

Tips for driving in and around Launceston

  • Be aware of your vehicle size. If you're renting a motorhome, campervan or any other type of large vehicle, it's important to be aware of your size. Watch for height indicator signs and overhanging tree branches.
  • Keep an eye out for cyclists. Drivers must be at least one metre from a cyclist when overtaking on roads where the limit is up to 60km/h. When travelling on roads where the limit exceeds 60km/h, drivers must give a berth of 1.5 metres when overtaking cyclists.

FAQs for car hire in Launceston

  • One-way rental. Some companies, including Thrifty, allow you to pick up your rental in Launceston and drop it off in Hobart or vice versa.
  • Provisional licences. Drivers holding a valid Australian P licence can drive within Tasmania, however, the following rules apply:
    • When in a 100km/hr zone, P licence holders must drive no faster than 90km/hr
    • When in a 110km/hr zone, P licence holders must drive no faster than 100km/hr
    • You cannot tow a trailer or a boat
    • You must obey the zero alcohol limit
    • P plates must be clearly displayed at all times
  • Car insurance. The cost of car insurance will vary depending on the level of cover you choose. Car hire rental excess insurance is worth investing in as it will help to reduce the excess payable in the event that you need to make a claim. You can get insurance directly from the car hire company you're booking with, although you do have the option to purchase your insurance elsewhere if you prefer.

3 popular driving routes in Launceston

1. Cradle Country

  • How long is the drive? 301km round trip
  • How long do I need? 1-2 days
  • Sights to see along the way: Woolmers Estate, Ashgrove Cheese, Sheffield murals, Devils @ Cradle, Dove Lake, Liffey Falls, Mole Creek Caves

Indulge in Tasmania's beautiful natural landscapes, from the patchwork of farms on the north coast to the magnificence of Cradle Mountain on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. It's a windy drive from Launceston and it's best experienced with a stay for a night or two near Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.


2. Tamar Valley

  • How long is the drive? 160km round trip
  • How long do I need? 1 day
  • Sights to see along the way: Tamar River Conservation Area, Batman Bridge, Platypus House, Beaconsfield Mine, Low Head Lighthouse, Low Head Coastal Reserve, Mount George Lookout

Drive north from Launceston and the arresting Tamar Valley region opens up in front of you. It's a tantalising route that winds through rivers and valleys and encompasses wine country and wetlands. Ensure you stop by Batman Bridge to marvel at its architecture and engineering, Beaconsfield Mine for a historical throwback and any one of 30 vineyards along the Tamar Valley Wine Route. But don't forget to choose a designated driver first!


3. Great Eastern Drive (Launceston to Maria Island)

  • How long is the drive? 488km one way
  • How long do I need? 1-3 days
  • Sights to see along the way: Bay of Fires, Apsley River Waterhole, Bicheno Blowhole, Cape Tourville Lighthouse, Wineglass Bay lookout, Spiky Bridge, Freycinet Peninsula, Maria Island

This breathtaking drive hugs the east coast of Tasmania, taking in a colourful coastline of sandy beaches, forests and rich blue water. It starts at St Helens in the north and heads down past Surf Coast and the Freycinet Peninsula to Orford, which is where the ferry departs for Maria Island.

While this journey can be achieved in a day (without return), it's recommended as a weekend drive. From Launceston, it's a two-hour drive to St Helens, though if you'd prefer to start closer to Launceston you can begin the drive from Fingal or St Marys instead, which are around 90 minutes from Launceston.


Car hire deals in Launceston

Europcar Europcar

Up to 20% off Australia and New Zealand rentals

Available on select dates until 15 December 2020. Rental must be for 2 days or more and booked 21 days in advance. T&Cs apply.

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Available on select routes, dates and locations in Australia, including Darwin, Alice Springs, Cairns and Brisbane, and New Zealand.

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