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National parks are a popular place to free camp. The Tasmania national parks website has a list of sites and the rules associated with each: https://parks.tas.gov.au/things-to-do?grade=&duration=®ion=&activity=Stay.
In order to enter national parks in Tasmania, you must purchase the appropriate pass, which can be purchased at the park office or other designated sites.
Staying at a holiday park or caravan park will generally cost $15–$50 (AUD) per night.
Camping in conservation areas is only allowed in designated campgrounds. Information on popular national park camping sites can be found on the Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service website.
There are no campervan rental companies based within the terminal at Launceston Airport. However, most depots are just a short drive away.
The three companies that operate near Launceston Airport all offer a complimentary shuttle service with your rental. Usually, shuttles must be booked in advance.
Not many rental campervans in Australia accommodate a bike rack.
Let’s Go Motorhomes allows and hires bike racks (on motorhomes only), while Jucy allows but does not hire bike racks. There is also the option to store a bike inside a larger motorhome rental from Apollo, Cheapa Campa and Hippie.
It’s worth noting that bikes should be kept in a bag if stored inside, and extra care should be taken when bringing your own bike rack if it is allowed.
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.
The two locations have similarities and are often compared. Tasmania has a distinctly Australian feel, while New Zealand is more unique in its flora and fauna. Excluding flight costs, accommodation and food in New Zealand may be a little cheaper than in Tasmania. However, travel distances are longer in NZ, meaning more kilometres travelled and higher fuel costs.
A visit to New Zealand may also require a longer itinerary, as there are more places to visit – especially if visiting both the North and South Islands. A camping trip to both places will be a rewarding experience.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Fifteen minutes northeast of Launceston’s CBD, Hollybank Treetops offers a three-hour multi-stage zip line through the eucalyptus tree canopy or a two-hour guided Segway excursion along the networks of bush trails through the old and new growth forest.
Tours are conducted with small groups (7-14 people) and must be pre-booked. The newest addition is the Ropes Course that encompasses a total of seventy possible aerial challenges.
Australia’s largest regional museum is split between two facilities: