When you’re thinking about where you’re gonna go for your road trip or vacation, visions of the Gold Coast, Sydney or the Great Ocean Road probably spring to mind. Spare a thought though for the state of Tasmania, an island paradise that often gets forgotten thanks to its remote location. As the weather starts to warm up and summer holidays loom on the horizon, Tassie starts to look more and more appealing, thanks to its temperate weather. A car hire from Launceston Airport will set you up perfectly to explore the charms of northern Tasmania straight away, with the option to scoot down the coast to the south if you feel like expanding your travels to discover a bunch of the spots that make Tasmania a world class travel destination.
Enjoying Tassie to the fullest is mostly a matter of arranging your own transport. When you’re flying in to Launceston, that’s probably going to mean a Launceston car hire. It can take ages to sort through all the different rental providers one by one, but AirportRentals.com.au lets you see all the best car hire deals for Launceston in one place, so you can get your rental sorted in jiffy and go back to planning your epic trip.
Booking a Launceston Airport Car Hire
Sorting out a cheap car hire from Launceston Airport is a straightforward affair with AirportRentals.com.au. Just chuck in a few basic details like pick up/drop off times and locations, hit Search and you’ll have a bunch of vehicles from a range of different rental brands to choose from. At that point, it’s as easy as scrolling through, maybe filtering a little to narrow down your options then selecting the best deal. From there, it’ll only take a few minutes to finish up the booking and move on to something else.
Car Hire Brands at Launceston Airport
There’s plenty of selection when it comes car hire brands at Launceston Airport. Big names like Budget, Avis and Hertz are there of course, along with other suppliers like Red Ribbon and Keddy - these brands aren’t quite as well known, but are still worth looking into, as they can sometimes offer some stunner deals.
Launceston Airport Information
The Launceston Airport has just one terminal which received a massive facelift and expansion in 2009. This is now the second largest airport in Tasmania (behind Hobart). Jetstar has flights to Launceston from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane at least once a day, Virgin Australia has flights from Melbourne and Sydney, and QantasLink flies to Launceston from Melbourne as many as four times per day.
Driving in Launceston and beyond
Driving in Launceston and around Tasmania isn’t that different to hitting the road just about anywhere else in Australia. Speed limits will almost always be signposted, but if there doesn’t seem to be any signs around, the default speed limits are 50 km/h in built up urban/suburban areas, 80 km/h on unsealed rural roads and 100 km/h on motorways and sealed country roads. If you’re not an Aussie, you should know straight up that we drive on the left hand side of the road in Australia. It’s not too hard to get your head around - take a bit of care at intersections and you’ll soon be away laughing. Just in case you have any other questions about driving in this fine country, take a quick glance over our Australia driving guide.
Getting from Launceston Airport to the CBD
Launceston Airport is set about 15 kilometres south of the city centre but getting from one to the other isn’t hard at all. Just jump on Evandale Road (the main road running next to the airport) and go straight as the road becomes Midland Highway until you get to the Howick Street exit.
As noted above, the usual speed limit in Launceston is 50 km/h but it’s still worth keeping an eye out for speed signs in town as this can vary a little, up and down. The legal blood alcohol limit in Tasmania is under 0.05, which isn’t a lot at all, so strongly consider taking the passenger seat if you’ve had a drink or two. Plus, if you’re on a learner/provisional licence, the limit is a hard zero.
Launceston Petrol Stations
You won’t need to worry about fueling up directly after you pick up a car rental in Launceston as it’s standard for rental vehicles to come with a full tank. On the way back though, if you’re returning the vehicle to a rental depot around Launceston Airport, you’ll need to turn in the car with a topped up fuel tank. United Petroleum Breadalbane is the closest service station to the airport, just up the road on the corner of Evandale Road and Translink Avenue. There are a number of petrol stations in Launceston itself, but the closest of these is about 10 kilometres from Launceston Airport, so it’s best to opt for the Breadalbane station if you can.
Road trips from Launceston
Picking up a Launceston car hire sets you up for all sorts of adventures in the northeast of Tasmania - though there’s no need to limit yourself to one portion of the island. Tassie is relatively small (especially compared to the vast distances of the mainland) so no matter where you start, there are few parts of the island that are out of bounds.
● Tamar Valley
For those keen to taste the good life in Tasmania, this is the way to go. Tamar Valley is renowned for its gourmet food offerings and fine wine. Whether you’d like to hop from cellar door to cellar door, sample boutique olive oils, chow down on truffles and abalone or roll it all together for the epicurean trip of a lifetime, Tamar Valley has you covered.
● The North East Trail
To get a feeling for the natural beauty that Tasmania can offer, head toward the east coast and picturesque fishing town of Saint Helens. This is the gateway to the Bay of Fires, which has been named by Lonely Planet as the hottest travel destination on earth. You can strike out on your own to explore this coastal paradise at your leisure, or join the ever popular Bay of Fires Walk for a glamping-style experience. From there, continue down the coast to Freycinet National Park (home to one of finest beaches in the word, Wineglass Bay) before turning back toward Launceston.
● Cradle Mountain
Tassie’s east coast is undeniably beautiful, but to sample some genuine Tasmanian wilderness, try heading west for Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Be prepared to don your hiking boots and get amongst the ancient flora and fauna of the region. This will suit veteran hikers down to a tee, but there’s also quite the selection of shorter walks that make their way through old-growth forest which are perfect for the more casual visitors. If you’re prepared for a decent walk, you could even head for the summit of Cradle Mountain itself - just make sure you’re prepared for bad weather and know that it’s a strenuous hike that will take around 6.5 hours.
Launceston Airport Car Rental Pick Up Depots
This might not be the most fascinating info on the page but it might come in handy later, so don’t skip over it just yet. All the car hire suppliers around Launceston Airport are based in-terminal, so you won’t have to worry about shuttling off-airport to get to your depot. Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot, Thrifty and Bargain all have their own rental desks at Launceston Airport, while Red Ribbon is serviced by Bargain, Keddy operates from the Europcar desk and Auto Europe will be with one of several of the brands above (check with your supplier to find out which one exactly, if you’re opting for Auto Europe).
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