When most people think of an Australian road trip, a dusty jaunt through the red sands of the Outback comes to mind, or possibly a sunny coastal trip punctuated with a spot of whale watching. Most people don’t think about the fact that there’s a rich temperate wilderness to the south of Victoria, just waiting to be explored. Tasmania is an awesome playground of a state that’s often forgotten about, and a car hire from Hobart can give you front row seats to this unique place. Hobart itself has heaps of attractions to keep you busy, but with the wilds of Tasmania on your doorstep it probably won’t be long before you’re itching to hit the road and get a taste of southern paradise.
Of course before you can go gallivanting off around Tasmania, you’ll need a car to do it in. Finding a good car rental that suits your trip can be a real pain, so to cut down on hassle AirportRentals.com.au brings all your Hobart car rental options together into one easy to search spot. You can be done and dusted in just a few minutes.
Booking a car hire in Hobart
Getting a cheap car rental in Hobart sorted on AirportRentals.com.au is a breeze. All you have to do is put in a handful of basic details about your trip, click the big yellow “Search” button and you’ll have a bunch of relevant rental options from different brands served up to you, just like that. From there, you can scroll through, filter a bit if you like, pick the best one for you and book it in a matter of minutes without ever leaving the site. We did say it was easy.
Car Hire Brands at Hobart Airport
There’s no shortage of rental brands to choose from at Hobart Airport. Brands like Avis, Hertz, Budget and Europcar are household names in car rental that you’re probably familiar with, but you can also snag some excellent deals with lesser known brands like RedRibbon and Redspot.
Hobart Airport Information
The domestic and international terminals at Hobart Airport were joined up in 2007, meaning there’s just one big super-terminal to deal with. Jetstar, QantasLink, Skytraders, Tigerair Australia and Virgin Australia all make use of Hobart Airport.
Driving in Hobart and beyond
Hitting the road in Hobart and Tasmania in general isn’t too far removed from what you’d expect pretty much anywhere else in Australia. Always keep an eye out for speed limit signage, but if there’s no signs the default limits are 50 in urban areas, 80 on unsealed roads in the country and 100 in the country when the roads are sealed. If by some chance you’re reading this from outside Australia then you should know that in Hobart, Tasmania and the whole rest of Australia too, people drive on the left hand side of the road. This is the opposite side to most other countries, but once you get your head around intersections you’ll be driving like a local in no time. For a good overview of the ins and outs of driving in this country, check out our Australia driving guide.
Getting from Hobart Airport to the CBD
Hobart Airport is a little ways from the Hobart city centre itself, but it’s not tricky at all to get there. Just head out to the west along Holyman Ave, then turn onto Tasman Highway (A3) at the roundabout. The A3 will take you all the way, across the River Derwent, into the Hobart city centre.
As we mentioned before, the bog standard speed limit in Hobart is 50 km/h, but that may vary a bit so always keep a look out for signs. Tasmania has a legal blood alcohol limit of under 0.05, which in layman’s terms essentially means that it’s better not to drive if you’ve had even one drink. And if you’re on a learner or provisional licence, there’s absolutely zero tolerance.
Hobart Petrol Stations
This isn’t something you’ll have to concern yourself with on the way out of the airport - your Hobart car hire should come with a full tank of petrol to get you on your way with no fuss. When it comes to returning your car hire to Hobart Airport though, you’ll have to fill it up before turning it in, so taking note of nearby service stations could come in handy. BP Hobart Airport on Holyman Ave is the closest option, obviously, but if you’d rather go for a petrol station that’s potentially less hectic, you could opt for Caltex Cambridge on Kennedy Drive or the BP station on Cambridge Road.
Road trips from Hobart
Picking up a car rental in Hobart gives you the freedom to set out on all kinds of Tasmanian adventures. Positioned in the southeastern corner of the island, there are all kinds of absolutely stunning spots within easy reach - and if you have a bit of time to play with, your options get even more exciting.
● The Convict Trail
While the name may sound a little grim, the experience is anything but. After driving northeast out from Hobart, you’ll come across one of the most picturesque towns in Tasmania: Richmond, a settlement full of beautifully restored Georgian architecture - not to mention the oldest gaol in Australia. Continuing your journey into past, you can turn southeast for the notorious former convict settlement of Port Arthur, passing along numerous scenic coastlines on the way.
● The Great Eastern Drive
You might want to work Richmond and Port Arthur into this trip too, but don’t stop there! Tasmania’s east coast is particularly famous for its picture-perfect beaches and long stretches of golden sand. Freycinet National Park is a must-see destination along the way, as is the isolated Bay of Fires further to the north.
● Derwent Valley
If you’re seeking relaxation, you can’t do much better than a trip to this idyllic valley. This rural journey will have you driving northwest of Hobart to discover the quaint settlements and historic buildings which cluster around the winding Derwent River. Once you’ve explored around New Norfolk, the unofficial capital of the Derwent Valley area, you can continue northwest into the mountains for Mount Field National Park to transition from rolling countryside to Tasmanian bush.
● The Great Tasmanian Round Trip
While you’re in Tassie, why not go whole hog and dive into all the best that the island has to offer? One way to do this is to head up the Derwent Valley, then west for the port of Strahan. Devonport and Launceston await in the north, before driving on to St. Helens and the Bay of Fires, then down through Freycinet National Park and Port Arthur before arriving back in Hobart! It’s only 16 hours of driving time, but you’ll want to take a wee bit of time so you can take things at a leisurely pace and really appreciate the different sides of Tasmania.
Hobart Airport Car Rental Pick Up Depots
Okay, that title might sound like a yawnfest but just hang in there: this won’t take long and you could glean some very helpful info here. All the available car hire brands you’ll find on AirportRentals.com.au are based in-terminal at Hobart Airport. Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot, Thrifty and Bargain have their own rental desks, while Red Ribbon works from the Bargain counter, Keddy is serviced by Europcar and Auto Europe may be working out of one of several of the desks mentioned above.
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