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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.
Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.
Bargain Rentals has a wide variety of vehicles available, from 4WDs to larger motorhomes. Bargain Rentals is one of the few motorhome hire companies that has pet-friendly camper options available.
Leisure Rent is a new campervan hire company. It operates in Tasmania and offers a fleet of new vehicles (2017–2019) with two models available, a 4-berth campervan and a 4-berth motorhome.
The West Coast of Tasmania is wild and remote, populated by old mining towns amongst ancient rainforests. There’s a lot of history to be found in its more remote corners, but the main visitor spot is charming Strahan which affords easy access to Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon River You’ll then surely want to cut back inland to take in wild and dramatic Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, oft titled the crown jewel of Tasmania. A quick jaunt across the bucolic Derwent Valley completes your circuit of the state.
Located within the 1920 harbour master’s residence, a landmark itself within Joshua Slocum Park, this renowned and interactive interpretive centre focuses on the Bass Strait, which separates Tasmania from the mainland of Australia.
Exhibits cover topics relating to natural history, European exploration, shipwrecks, settlement and trade, and feature various items from the era – telescopes, diving gear, and Morse code sheets.
There is also a collection of detailed model ships, including two Australian built roll-on/roll-off ferries, the ‘Princess of Tasmania’ and the ‘Empress of Australia’. Try your hand as a pilot, either through a simulator, or onboard the ketch ‘Julie Burgess’ on the Mersey River.
A five-minute drive from Devonport’s centre, in the suburban village of Don, the Don River Railway lays, claim to Australia’s largest steam locomotive collection, as well as vintage Tasmanian rolling stock (carriages).
Trains are run as 30-minute return trips to Coles Beach on select days, with steam power typically on Sundays. Regular passenger services were terminated in Tasmania in 1951; the volunteer group Van Diemen Light Railway Company established the Don River Railway in 1973 along the old Melrose Line to Paloona.
The route today follows the Don River, past Restoration Siding, where you can see projects in progress.
The 1916 home of the only Tasmanian-born Australian Prime Minister, Home Hill was built in stages over the years for Joseph Lyons (served 1932-9), his wife Dame Enid Lyons – the first woman to be elected into federal parliament – and their twelve children.
Dame Enid chose the house plans and was instrumental in the construction, decoration, and subsequent renovations, until her death in 1981, at which point the house came into the hands of the National Trust.
Started as a private enterprise by Jean Thomas in 1966, Devonport Regional Gallery inhabits a century-old former Baptist Church.
Owned and operated now by the city council, the gallery is dedicated to promoting works by Tasmanian Artists and has over 2,000 items in the permanent collection, including textiles, ceramics, glass, sculpture, and paintings.