Devonport is a small, semi-industrial port city straddling the Bass Strait on the north coast of Tasmania. In travel circles, the city is best known as the home of the Spirit of Tasmania, the primary vehicle ferry from mainland Australia.
But not everyone sails into the city with their own motorhome. Thanks to its strategic location, easy-to-access airport, and competitive campervan rental companies, Devonport is a great base to hire a ride and explore the state.
Tasmania is a dream campervan destination, chock full of cragged mountains, river-cut valleys, and sopping-wet rainforest. With excellent RV infrastructure (water refills, dump points, etc.) and fabulous free camps, travelling around Tassie in a motorhome is a breeze.
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Here’s why a rented RV is the cheapest and most convenient way to explore Tasmania:
Cost-effective: A campervan lets you combine rental and transport costs to save.
Convenient: Instead of returning to town after a day’s sightseeing, you can pull up at a nearby campsite.
Flexibility: A motorhome gives you the freedom to explore Tasmania on your own terms.
Free camping: Tasmania is awash with awesome free camps, which let you get reacquainted with nature and save.
Onboard amenities: Everything you need, from food to fresh clothes, is always within easy reach.
When embarking on a motorhome holiday, remember these essentials when driving around Tasmania in a campervan rental:
The best (and only) place to stay in Boat Harbour, this lovely little holiday park puts you in proximity to the North Coast’s number one beach. Some sites even boast ocean views.
Price: from $30 per night
Amenities: toilets, showers, potable water, powered sites, bins, laundry, Wi-Fi
Just 10 minutes from Devonport, this fabulous little free camp straddles a well-manicured oval and affords picturesque hilly views. Remember to pop a few bucks into the donation box.
Price: gold coin donation
Amenities: toilets, bins
While you won’t find any amenities at this informal campsite, it boasts some of Tasmania’s best waterfront views. Proximity to Cradle Mountain is a plus.
Nestled amid thick eucalypt forest, this gorgeous national park campsite is a tranquil place to stay. What’s more, the top Leven Canyon lookouts are all an easy walk away.
Amenities: toilets, bins, bbq, camp kitchen
Demand often outstrips supply at this small scenic campground by the beach, so get in early to secure your spot.
Amenities: toilets, showers, bins, bbq
Wedged between a beach and a bluff, this perennially-popular caravan park is the top spot to overnight in Devonport. Excellent amenities and attentive staff complement the splendid scenery.
Price: from $35 per night
Amenities: toilets, shower, potable water, powered sites, bins, bbq, camp kitchen, laundry, dump point
Love exploring underground? This scenic national park camp has an on-site cave you can crawl through. It’s also within spitting distance of the awe-inspiring Moles Creek Caves.
Amenities: toilets, non-potable water
It’s far from glamorous, and the amenities are scarce. But this curious campground puts you right alongside Queenstown’s famous gravel football field. So try not to fall over and graze your knees.
Amenities: potable water, dump point
While Smithton isn’t Tasmania’s most scenic town, this leafy free camp is a cracker. Park up among tall shady trees and say “g’day” to ducks as they waddle in from the creek.
Amenities: laundry facilites
Nestled underneath the Nut, this popular holiday park offers excellent amenities and breathtaking views. Need something cheaper? The nearby Stanley Rec Site will only cost you $10.
Price: from $35 per site per night
Amenities: toilets, showers, potable water, powered sites, bins, bbq, games, camp kitchen, laundry, Wi-Fi, dump point
Most RV travellers see Devonport as more of a starting/finishing point than a destination.
Devonport serves as a strategic starting point to explore the pristine landscapes of Northwest Tasmania.
On the north end of town, scenic hiking trails wind around a rugged peninsula home to the red-and-white-striped Mersey Bluff Lighthouse. If the weather’s nice, nearby Coles Beach is a top spot for a splash. Sea-faring types should pop into the Bass Strait Maritime Centre to learn about Tasmania’s nautical past.
Just west of town, the Penguin Viewing Platform offers an up-close encounter with adorable flightless birds. Epicureans should swing by Ashgrove Dairy Door, the House of Anvers, and Spreyton Cider Co to taste Tassie’s top cheese, chocolate, and apple-infused booze.
The jewel of Northwest Tasmania is Cradle Mountain, an iconic 1,545-metre peak. A string of scenic walking trails traverses the pristine national park, from quick, family-friendly stints to the 65km Overland Track. Scaling Cradle’s summit requires solid fitness, but easy breathtaking trails abound around Dove Lake.
To the north, Leven Canyon is a worthwhile detour for its tranquil campsite and the jaw-dropping Cruickshanks Lookout. Hardy hikers will love trudging around the rugged Mount Roland Regional Reserve. If you’re especially fit and craving a multi-day wilderness adventure, the Walls of Jerusalem offers a challenging alternative to the Overland Track.
The Great Western Tiers region hosts a broad network of breathtaking trails, from luscious rainforest walks to cragged panoramic peaks (try Meander Forest Reserve and Quamby Bluff Forest Reserve). The highlight is the easy-to-reach Liffey Falls, one of the state’s most scenic cascades.
A plethora of quaint country towns lies peppered around Northwest Tasmania, each blending time-old colonial history with verdant hilly views. Pencil in a pit stop at charming settlements like Deloraine, Railton, Sheffield, Mole Creek, Spreyton, and Latrobe.
Underground explorers will love King Solomons Cave and Marakoopa Cave (near Mole Creek), as well as Gunns Plains Caves (near Ulverstone).
Venturing west from Devonport, stretch your legs in Ulverstone and Penguin to taste Tasmanian coastal life. The industrial city of Burnie doesn’t have huge appeal, although wildlife spotters will enjoy the Fern Glade Platypus Reserve and Little Penguin Observation Centre.
The riverfront village of Wynyard brims with colonial-era charm and offers stunning views from the top of Fossil Bluff. From late September to late October, Table Cape Tulip Farm blooms with bulbiferous geophytes. Nearby, the Table Cape Lookout affords more breathtaking coastal views.
Boat Harbour is a beautiful beach town famed for its calm, turquoise-tinged waters. Not far west, Rocky Cape National Park is a hiker’s paradise full of rugged cliff-top trails.
Perched on a pointy peninsula, the seaside town of Stanley is a classic Northwest destination. Don’t leave without hiking or riding the chairlift up The Nut, a bulbous ancient volcanic plug overlooking the village.
A little inland, the Tarkine Drive is a magnificent mini road trip full of rainforest-shrouded rivers and reflective tree-lined ponds—don’t miss the photogenic Trowutta Arch. The aptly-named End of the World Lookout at Arthur River showcases the raw power of the Roaring Forties, Tasmania’s famously fierce westerly winds.
West Tasmania is a sparsely populated region famed for its pristine rainforests and staggered peaks.
The most famous town is Strahan, a historic spot and starting point for scenic Gordon River cruises and the West Coast Wilderness Railway.
A short drive east, Queenstown is a former mining settlement surrounded by towering hills. Watch hard-as-nails locals play football on gravel at the Queenstown Oval. Come nightfall, hit the Paragon Theatre for The Ship That Never Was, Australia’s longest-running play.
To the north, historic Zeehan has a string of exquisite buildings from its 1800s silver mining heydays. Wander through the Spray Tunnel and brush up on history at the West Coast Heritage Centre.
The cragged Frenchman’s Cap is among Tasmania’s top multi-day hikes. You’ll also find a slew of day trails around the region, especially within Lake St Clair National Park. Waterfall chasers mustn’t miss Montezuma Falls, Nelson Falls, and Hogarth Falls.
Keen to savour the best of the Northwest in a limited timeframe?
We’ve rounded down the top ten sites to visit from Devonport.
As Tasmania’s most iconic attraction, this majestic peak looms over a pristine national park. A vast network of walking trails criss-crosses the atmospheric alpine wilderness, with options to cater for all abilities.
As the gateway to the spectacular Great Western Tiers, this lush riverside town lures a steady stream of outdoor explorers. Even if you’re not an avid hiker, Deloraine is worth a visit for its spectacular natural setting and quaint old-world charm.
At the southern end of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, this crystalline lake glistens on a clear day. A multitude of hiking trails slices through the eerie alpine region, from easy-going strolls to arduous climbs. Energetic types can tackle the Mount Rufus Circuit.
The Great Western Tiers pièce de résistance, Liffey is a photogenic multi-level cascade that tumbles along a rainforest-thronged river. Approach from the Upper Liffey Falls Car Park for a short, easy-going stroll. Alternatively, start at Lower Liffey Reserve for a scenic 5.5km return hike.
A tiny one-street town surrounded by towering mountains, Mole Creek is a quintessential Tasmanian village. But it’s the intriguing caves of Mole Creek Karst National Park and the panoramic Alum Cliffs that make this place a must.
Stretching from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair, this epic 65 km trail is among the world’s most prestigious multi-day hikes. Allow six days to complete your adventure or more should you tack on side trips. However, the limited summer availability books out months in advance. If you can’t snag a spot, try Frenchman’s Cap or the Walls of Jerusalem instead.
Once a thriving silver mining town, this charming mountain-surrounded village is a great base for exploring the west. Cascades like Nelson Falls and Montezuma Falls warrant a look, as does the vertigo-inducing Iron Blow Lookout. And you don’t have to be a theatre buff to appreciate The Ship That Never Was, Australia’s longest-running play.
An emblematic north coast destination, Stanley sits on a slender slither of a peninsula jutting out into the tumultuous Bass Strait. The old-timey town features stacks of charming colonial-era buildings and an iconic volcanic plug nicknamed “The Nut”.
Set on the shores of the sparkling Macquarie Harbour, the historic port town of Strahan oozes with old-world appeal. Locomotive lovers mustn’t skip the West Coast Wilderness Railway, a century-old steam-powered train that chugs 35km to Queenstown and back. For more splendid rainforest scenery, add on a 6-hour Gordon River Cruise.
Stretching 130 km, the Tarkine Drive is a classic Tassie road trip spanning cool temperate rainforest and rugged mountainous lookouts. Verdant picnic grounds, limestone sinkholes, and myrtle forest hikes lie along the route. Don’t miss Trowutta Arch, a stunning collapsed cave that’s become a big hit on Instagram.
This 7-day campervan road trip itinerary will take you on a journey through Tasmania's diverse landscapes, from the rugged west coast to the pristine beaches of the east coast. You'll explore ancient rainforests, hike to majestic mountain peaks, wander through charming historic towns, and soak in the beauty of the island's stunning coastlines.MORE: 7-Day Devonport Itinerary
Yes, the Spirit of Tasmania ferry crosses the Bass Strait to mainland Australia 1–2 times each day.
There are terminals available in both Melbourne and Devonport, and the ferry allows campervans on board. There is an associated fee, which can vary, depending on the size of the campervan and the number of people in your party.
Please note that you will be responsible for booking the ferry yourself. Contact our support team if you have any questions.
Most campervan rental companies in Australia require the driver to be 21 years of age or older to rent from their full range of vehicles.
Some companies will rent to drivers between 18 and 21, but only certain models may be available. A couple of companies have higher age requirements: 23 (Leisure Rent) and 24 (Captain Billy’s). Enter the driver’s age into our search tool and we will filter available vehicles to match.
For young drivers, additional insurance may be required and special conditions may apply.
Yes, the most popular route is Hobart to Launceston (or in the opposite direction). Vehicles can also be picked up in Devonport, though the choices there are limited.
Most campervan hire suppliers have their branch located in Hobart, and hence the largest selection of campers is available there. As a result, many travellers decide to do a full circuit of the island, travelling one way along the east coast and the other along the west coast of the island.
This allows you to see many of Tasmania's popular tourist attractions, starting with visitor favourites Mount Wellington and Salamanca Market in Hobart City, through the Tasman Peninsula, Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay on the east coast, to Cradle Mountain and the Tamar Valley up north and the Gordon River along the rugged west coast.
The majority of Tassie motorhome rental companies have their branch located in Hobart, so you'll find a wider selection of rental vehicles available there.
Yes, it’s standard for most campervan rental companies to allow an additional driver. This driver and any others must be named on the rental agreement, and there may be a nominal fee.
Additional drivers must also hold an appropriate driver’s licence and must meet driver age requirements.