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Tasmania car hire deals

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

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UBER UBER

$20 off your first ride

Valid for an instant $20 off in all cities across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth and Adelaide. First ride only.

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Europcar AU Europcar AU

Up to 20% off base rate

Valid for rentals until 16 December 2018 at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. Must book 21 days in advanced and a minimum of 2-days rental to redeem offer. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar AU Europcar AU

$1/day one-way car hire

Valid on select dates on select car hire relocations in Australia. Destinations updated regularly.

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DriveNow DriveNow

Campervan hire from $5/day

Offers and validity dates updated daily. Available on select routes in Australia and New Zealand.

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Avis Avis

Fifth-day free SUV car hire

Valid until 30 September 2018. Minimum of 5 consecutive days car hire across Australia. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

Seventh-day Tasmania free car hire

Valid until 19 September 2018 at select Hobart and Launceston locations. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

20% off car hire

Valid until 31 August 2018. Minimum of 7 days rental in Australia.

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Europcar AU Europcar AU

15% off the 5+ day hires

Valid on select dates until 16 December 2018 in Australia or New Zealand. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

Free SUV upgrade on Tasmania car hire

Valid until 19 September 2018. Minimum of rental of 4 consecutive days T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

Third day free on weekend hire in Tasmania

Valid until 19 September 2018. Minimum of 3 consecutive days or more including a Saturday night rent. T&Cs apply.

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Enterprise Rent a Car USA Enterprise Rent a Car USA

Up to 10% off Australia car hire

Valid until 31 December 2018. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

20% off car hire on prestige cars

Valid until 29 October 2018 at participating locations in Australia. T&Cs apply.

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DriveMyCar DriveMyCar

Car hire from $23 per day

Hire cars across Australia from as little as $32 per day.

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Europcar AU Europcar AU

25% off premium hire insurance

Get up to 25% off on your car rental when you purchase GoZen Cover. Valid at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. T&C's apply.

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Avis Avis

Fourth day free car hire

Valid on rentals until 30 September 2018 with minimum of four consecutive days rental across Australia. T&cs apply.

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Europcar AU Europcar AU

10% off 3+ day truck, ute and van rentals

Valid for pick ups until 31 August 2018 in Australia. Minimum three day hire required.

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Rentalcars.com Rentalcars.com

Compare over 800 car hire companies worldwide

Rentalcars.com can help you compare major car hire company rates for the best price. Companies it compares include Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Thrifty, Alamo and Budget.

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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.



Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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