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Some of the best deals are available early in the season. Tasmanian campervans are especially popular in December and January. Book your motorhome rental well in advance and you could save $100s compared to last minute bookings.
The price of rentals depends on several factors including: date of booking, size of motorhome, age of vehicle, time to travel as well as the pickup depot. One way rentals are also often more expensive than returning cars to the same depot. Being flexible on any of these parameters can help you secure a cheaper offer.
Compare, compare, compare – spending the time on comparing different travel options can ultimately be the biggest factor deciding on the final price you end up paying. Use our comparison tool to find a deal for your Tasmanian trip.
Tasmania has over 50 caravan, tourist, and holiday parks with major groups such as Big4 and Discovery Park well represented at an affordable cost. Amenities typically include hot showers, a camper’s kitchen, BBQ and picnic area, play facilities, and a waste dump point. Cabins are sometimes available as well as campsites. Fees can range $20-50 for a powered site with water access, though they may be higher at peak travel times.
Sightseeing in Tasmania
Begin in Hobart
Many visitors begin their time in Tasmania in the state capital of Hobart, which is well worth spending a few days and serves as a convenient place to pick up your vehicle for the journey ahead. Hobart is Australia’s second oldest state capital (after Sydney) and sits in the foothills of Mt Wellington at the entrance to the Derwent River. The port city cheerfully blends natural beauty, history, and 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 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).
Discover Port Arthur and Wineglass Bay
If you’re driving a circle around the island heading north and east, you’ll pass next through the Southeast region where can be found the Port Arthur Historic Site, the state’s top tourist attraction. The Tasman Peninsula is an opportunity to explore Tasmania’s darker history of the convict era while being surrounded by rugged rocky coastal scenery.
Continuing the circle, you’ll then arrive to the East Coast and a string of laid back beach towns, such as Swansea and St Helens. A ‘must see’ is renowned Freycinet National Park and picturesque Wineglass Bay. Lonely Planet has also boosted the stunning Bay of Fires into international attention.
Red rocks at Binalong Bay, Bay of Fires
Explore 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 1800’s 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.
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.