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Hobart to Launceston One Way Campervan Rental

Planning a road trip from Hobart to Launceston? Explore Tasmania in a one-way campervan rental.

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Hobart to Launceston One Way Itinerary

This route connects two of the major cities in Tasmania, Hobart and Launceston, and is about 1,000 km in length.

Part 1: Hobart

Things to see:

  • Mount Wellington
  • Salamanca Place
  • Battery Point
  • MONA

Part 2: Hobart to Port Arthur

Distance: 100 km

Estimated driving time: 1.5h

Popular attractions:

  • Tasman National Park
  • Port Arthur Historic Site

Part 3: Port Arthur to Derwent Valley

Distance: 200-250 km Estimated driving time: 3.5-4h

Things to see:

  • Mount Field National Park
  • Derwent Bridge

Part 4: Derwent Valley to Strahan

Distance: 300-350 km

Estimated driving time: 4.5h

Popular Attractions:

  • Franklin Gordon Wild River National Park
  • Wilderness Railway

Part 5: Strahan to Cradle Mountain

Distance: 150 km

Estimated driving time: 2h

Attractions along the way:

  • Cradle Mountain
  • Lake St Clair

Part 6: Cradle Mountain to Launceston

Distance: 150 km

Estimated driving time: 2h

Popular attractions nearby:

  • Cataract Gorge
  • James Boag Brewery
  • Tamar River
  • Devonport

Popular Attractions Along the Way

Tasmania’s Wild West Coast and Cradle Mountain

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.


Many visitors begin their time in Tasmania in the state capital of Hobart. Hobart City is well worth spending a few days in is often the best place to pick up your vehicle for the journey ahead.

Hobart is Australia's sits in the foothills of Mt Wellington at the entrance to the Derwent River. The port city cheerfully blends natural beauty, history, lively culture and food scene into a well-rounded visitor experience.

Among its attractions is Salamanca Place, a series of renovated 1830's Georgian warehouses that are now theatres, cafes, shops, and eateries. On Saturdays, Salamanca Market, one of Australia's favourite farmers' markets is held here.

Hobart allows many opportunities to leisurely spend the day, tasting locally crafted beer or visiting museums, such as the acclaimed MONA (Museum of Old and New Art).

Launceston and the Northwest Coast

Continuing anti-clockwise brings you to the Garden City of Launceston and the surrounding agricultural Midlands. Tasmania’s ‘second city’ contains many excellent examples of well preserved Colonial and Victorian architecture as well as easily accessible Cataract Gorge where the South Esk River runs to the sea. The Midlands was Tasmania’s original food basket back in the 1800s and today in the Tamar Valley you can see evidence of orchards, wine grape cultivation, and lavender crops.

Striking westward, Tasmania’s North West is home to a multitude of cute coastal towns, including Devonport where one can take a ferry to the mainland (note: you’ll probably leave your vehicle on the island and pick up another one on the other side). Another popular town of this region is Stanley, home to ‘The Nut’, an imposing flat-topped volcanic intrusion.

Cataract Gorge

A short five-minute walk from the CBD, Cataract Gorge is Launceston’s own piece of wilderness, with walking tracks on both sides, having been established in the 1890’s.

The South Esk River gushes through the gorge to a confluence with the Tamar River at the 1867 King’s Bridge, a popular overlook. The chairlift at Cataract Gorge is the world’s longest single-span lift and a power station, just a bit upriver, made Launceston the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to be lit by electricity.

On the north shore, is the Cliff Grounds, a landscaped Victorian garden, complete with wandering peacocks and wallabies.

Mt Wellington

Rising 1270 metres above the city at its base, the tallest peak in the Wellington Range (original name: Kunanyi) is frequently topped by snow, even into the summer.

An enclosed lookout near the summit affords a dramatic 360-degree view of nearly 100 miles over the city and the Derwent River estuary, as it enters the Tasman Sea. An extensive network of walking tracks within this urban natural reserve allows for a variety of outdoor pursuits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I travel in the opposite direction - from Launceston to Hobart?

Yes - simply use the search tool at the top of this page to check availability.

Are there any one-way rental fees?

Campervan rental companies may charge a one-way rental fee. If there is such a fee we will include it in the rental price listed in our comparison tool.

Can I rent a campervan at Hobart Airport?

There are several campervan rental companies only a few kilometres away from Hobart Airport, with Britz and Maui being only a five-minute walk from the international terminal. Leisure Rent and Tassie Motor Shacks both offer a free shuttle to/from Hobart Airport.

What kind of license do you need to hire a campervan in Hobart?

Australians need a full and valid (no Learner, Provisional, or Probationary) class C car license to rent a camper in Hobart.

International travellers must have an International Drivers Permit or an English translation of a comparable foreign license.

Drivers under 21 can’t rent a camper in Australia. If you’re under 25, you’ll need to pay a young driver surcharge.

Many rental agencies don’t allow driving on unsealed roads (i.e., the southern parts of Bruny or Cockle Creek). Double-check your route with the company before you go.

Are one-way rentals possible in Tasmania?

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 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.

Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.