Have free rein in Tasmania with these top car hire deals.
Tasmania is the 26th largest island in the world, so to really do your visit justice you should hire a car to get around.
Four wheels will add national parks, mountain ranges, forests, vineyards, hot springs and kilometre after kilometre of untamed coastline to your itinerary.
Before you get behind the wheel, though, there are a few things you should know.
Top Tasmania car hire deals
Road rules: What to know about driving in Tasmania
Drivers use the left-hand side of the road in Tasmania. Bear the following tips in mind when you’re driving and your trip should be a breeze.
Animals on the road. Australia’s national news service ABC reports that as many as 32 animals are killed on Tasmanian roads every hour. If you’re unfortunate enough to hit an animal you must get out and check if it is still alive. If you hit a marsupial, check the pouch to see if there are any living babies inside.
Distance driving. There are lots of unsealed roads and mountain tracks in Tasmania, so driving from A to B can sometimes take longer than expected. Always leave extra time for your journey, keep supplies in the car and keep your fuel tank topped up.
Keep left. On multi-lane roads you should only use the right-hand lane if you are overtaking or turning right. Do not coast along in the right-hand lanes.
Popular Tasmania driving routes
Cradle country. This route takes you round a 226 kilometre loop in the north of the island. You can spread the journey across two or four days and split it into three legs: Devonport to Sheffield, Sheffield to Cradle Mountain, and Cradle Mountain to Burnie. As well as seeing the iconic Cradle Mountain, you’ll tick off Lake St Clair National Park and the world’s largest maze complex.
The southern trail. Beginning in Hobart, this road trip covers almost 300 kilometres and takes between two and four days. The itinerary takes in Geeveston, Dover and Bruny Island and offers you the opportunity to walk through the forest on an aerial walkway, explore caves and soak in thermal springs.
Coast to coast. This itinerary isn’t for fairweather road-trippers. The route covers more than 1,500 kilometres and can take anywhere between 14 and 21 days. Highlights along the way include Cradle Mountain, historical Port Arthur and the baking soda beaches of Freycinet National Park.
Frequently asked questions about car hire
Who offers cheap car hire from Tasmanian airports? There are four airports in Tasmania and while larger car hire companies operate out of all, smaller companies only operate from its major airports of Hobart and Launceston. A full list of rental companies available from each airport is below:
- Hobart Airport: Hertz, Avis, Bargain Car Rentals, Budget, Europcar, Redspot and Thrifty.
- Launceston Airport: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and Redspot.
- Devonport Airport: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.
- Burnie (Wynyard) Airport: Avis, Europcar and Hertz.
I'm on my provisional licence. Can I drive in Tasmania? Most of the best-known car hire companies won’t lend a car to a driver on their provisional licence. Redspot is an exception.
How does car insurance work? All hire cars in Tasmania come with a basic level of insurance. Make sure you check the excess on your policy, though. Figures can be really high, but you can pay your hire company extra to reduce the excess. Alternatively, you can organise your own car hire rental excess insurance which may save you money.