We offer bargain car rental deals from Hobart Airport, incorporating the top hire companies in the world. And it’s this variety of choice that insures you are guaranteed a great start to your driving holiday in the island state of Tasmania. If you want to pay in advance or settle up on arrival, just book in advance with us and save some serious cash.
Hobart is an eclectic mix of fine food, stunning scenery and fascinating history, so let us guide you through one of the best-kept secrets of Australia.
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Touching down and finding your Airport rental
Hobart International Airport is relatively new, having been built in 1956. With two passenger terminals – international and domestic – it’s relatively easy to navigate. Situated in front of the terminal are all of the rental desks, grouped conveniently close to each other. Be sure to check opening hours before you arrive.
It’s a straightforward journey from the airport to the centre of Hobart, taking around 20 minutes on the A3 freeway. If you’re looking for accommodation near the airport, there is a cluster of hostels within a short drive, ranging from a Travelodge to boutique hotels.
Start your Tasmania road trip in Hobart
A unique city, with a delectable mix of cafes, the Salamanca market, restaurants, colonial buildings and museums, Hobart is also the gateway to a variety of driving adventures. They include:
● Hobart to Launceston. It’s a long trip (more than 660km), so it could take you around a week, but is completely worth it with various coastal high spots via the A3 highway. In case you have more time, you could pursue your journey to Devonport.
● Hobart to Avondale. A simple journey north taking just a couple of hours, enjoy the historical village Richmond, Oatlands and Ross – all part of the Heritage Trail.
● Hobart to Queenstown. Quite an extensive trip west, you may want to stop off at Tarraleah or Derwent, with Mt Field National Park a particular favourite.
Road rules of Tasmania in your Hobart car rental
It’s never easy getting to grips with the highways and byways of a new country, but here are some handy tips for driving your rental vehicle in Hobart:
● Narrow and winding roads are common in Tasmania, so always drive to the conditions.
● There are vast expanses of nothingness, so make sure the fuel and water tanks are topped up.
● Wet weather can also be quite severe in winter – adapt and be prepared.
Tasmania Travel Guide: Things To Do, Places to Stay and Spots to Wine & Dine
Things to do
Tanglefoot Tours won’t just give you a local’s view of Hobart and surrounds - it will show you this wild and wonderful area as seen by professional ecologists who go that little bit further to introduce you to this amazing corner of the world. Choose from one of the three tours that follow in Darwin’s footsteps, explore Abel Tasman’s coast or discover the Mt Field National Park, or, talk to the team about a custom tour experience. Each one only takes up to five guests at a time, and all tours treat you to a comfortable trip in a Land Rover 4WD. No matter the trip, you’ll enjoy stunning views, tasty bites to eat and new insights into the wilderness of Tasmania from this incredibly knowledgeable team. The Tanglefoot Tours head office is just 10 minutes from the CBD with your Hobart car rental. Tanglefoot Tours are located from 163 Campbell Street, Hobart.
Wild Ocean Tasmania
Feel the thrill of meeting some of Australia’s cutest oceanlife animals just off the coast of Hobart with Wild Ocean Tasmania. From October to June every year, the team at Wild Ocean take visitors out along the coast of the Tasmanian Peninsula to see the incredible scenery and get the chance to meet the wildlife. You might spot dolphins, albatrosses, and perhaps even a whale during the annual migration. The fur seals are truly something special, and you can visit these critters either as an observer or a snorkelling participant on the Seal & Ocean Expedition. Or, pick the Coastal Adventure to cruise along the edge of the Tasman National Park! Make your way to Eaglehawk Neck with a scenic one-hour drive in your rental car from Hobart. Wild Ocean Tasmania is located at 165b Pirates Bay Drive, Eaglehawk Neck.
Ida Bay Railway
Step on board one of Australia’s last operating bush tramways and a heritage-listed railway for an unforgettable two-hour journey. The Ida Bay Railway near Tasmania’s most southern point uses an old World War 2 diesel locomotive to take passengers on a trip alongside the water, through bushland and by a historic cemetery. You’ll make a stop at Deep Hole where you can disembark and enjoy a stroll along the sandy beach, or even walk to the Southport Lagoon. Don’t forget to make a booking as spots do sell out quickly, and grab a tasty bite to eat at the station cafe before you go. The Mt Ida Bay Railway is roughly 90 minutes southwest of Hobart, and makes for a perfect stop on a Tasmanian road trip with your Launceston or Hobart car rental. Located at 328 Lune River Rd with trains running daily at 10am, 12pm, 2pm.
Historic Richmond Gaol
In 1840, the Historic Richmond Gaol opened its doors for the first time and started a chapter of Tasmanian history that still stands today. Visit the site and discover the region’s past to learn about the hundreds of convicts who passed through its doors. You’ll hear about the stories from its heyday, the growth of the gaol as women’s quarters were added and solitary confinement was a common occurrence. The facility didn’t close down until officially until 1928, but it reopened 12 years later as a tourist destination and remains in its original state to this day. Step inside the cells and imagine life as a convict in Australia’s earliest days when you take your Hobart car rental for an outing up to Richmond to visit the old jail. Where: 37 Bathurst Street, Richmond, Tasmania, 7025.
With a permanent population of fewer than 1,000 people, Richmond Village is the perfect small Australian town - but one with plenty of activities and adventures to be had. The Richmond Gaol is a must-see attraction for its history, while the Coal River Farm is a must-do for its cheese, chocolate, and restaurant. The Old Hobart Town Model Village is a gorgeous (and award-winning) replica of Tasmania’s capital city, the the Peter Rabbit Garden is a perfect place for anyone who grew up reading Beatrix Potter as a child. A set of wheels will be necessary to make your way around Richmond, so pick up a car hire in Hobart to explore this awesome Aussie town. Where: Richmond, Tasmania and open 24/7.
Under Down Under Tours
Have you ever wondered what’s under Down Under? Book yourself in on an Under Down Under Tour and you’ll find out! This Tasmanian tour company will show you the highlights of the island under Australia, with a variety of short (1-day), medium (3-4 days), and long (7-8 days) tours that will give you a taste of the best it has to offer. Looking for a beachy holiday? Do you prefer to get out of the city and into the wilderness? Or would you like to just see it all and do it all at once? Under Down Under Tours truly does cover all the bases, and takes the stress out of organising your own trip. Jump in your Hobart car rental when you arrive to get there, and they’ll take care of the rest! Under Down Under Tours are Based at 28 Collins Street, Hobart.
Horse Riding Tasmania
Saddle up and prepare to explore Tasmania’s south-east corner by horseback. Horse Riding Tasmania gets you out in the clean, fresh air to enjoy that feeling of freedom as you walk, trot or canter through a number of locations. The Pines Ride takes you through a grove of towering pine trees, the Lakeview Ride promises gorgeous scenes of the local high-country lake, while the Beach Ride gets you out riding along the shorefront. Alternatively, opt for a high country ride, or even simply lessons for those who are yet to learn the joys of exploring by horseback. Drive less than an hour with your Hobart car rental to reach this fantastic outdoor experience. Horse Riding Tasmania are located at Lot 1 White Hill Road, Wattle Hill, TAS 7172 and are open 9am - 5pm daily.
Roaring 40s Kayaking
Get off the land and onto the water during a Roaring 40s Kayaking tour, and experience Hobart, its harbours, islands, and coastlines in a way you’d never see otherwise. Start with an instructional lesson, then start paddling your way out to visit everything from wildlife and sea caves to shipwrecks and sheer cliffs. There are a number of tour options available, from a leisurely paddle around the yacht-filled harbour with an on-board lunch of fish ‘n’ chips, to multi-day tours that will show you all the hidden secrets of Port Davey, the Bathurst Harbour, and surrounds. It’s only a quick drive from the city, so pack up your Hobart car rental and get moving! Roaring 40s Kayaking is located in South Hobart TAS 7004, with the following hours of operation: 9am - 5pm daily October to April and 9am - 5pm Thursdays to Saturdays May to September.
Places to Wine & Dine
Pooley Wines and Vineyards
As much as Pooley Wines and Vineyards is all about creating delicious vinos, it also has one other equally important goal: to make sure every step along the way is as environmentally friendly as possible. This vineyard is therefore truly one with a difference, and as you learn about each varietal during a tasting at the cellar door, you can also hear all about the different methods that have gone into creating a drop that’s as kind to the planet as it is to your taste buds. The accolades and awards are proof enough of this dedication, with handfuls of medals from wine shows every year, and the honour of being Tasmania’s only fully accredited environmentally certified sustainable vineyard. Support Australian wines and the environment in the most enjoyable way possible and treat yourself to a visit with your Hobart car rental. Based from 1431 Richmond Rd, Richmond, Tasmania 7025 and open 10am - 5pm daily.
It doesn’t get much more picturesque than Darlington Vineyard. Here, you’ll get away from it all and discover this 2-hectare site located right next Prosser Bay on the Freycinet Coast, and try many of its delicious vinos. There are 5,000 vines growing here, all in the process of creating four wine varieties; Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. Every single one of these wines has taken home one or more medals from the Tasmanian Wine Show over the years, making for a fantastic collection for you to try - and buy - during your visit. The vineyard is only an hour’s drive from the capital, so pick up your car rental in Hobart to make your way up to this luscious spot. Darlington Vineyard is located at 63 Holkham Court, Orford Tasmania 7190 and is open 10am - 5pm daily
Herons Rise Vineyard
Herons Rise Vineyard offers two beautiful drops with quaint cottage-style accommodation on site. Sip on Muller Thurgau and Pinot Noir in this stunning Tasmanian location, purchase a few bottles for your collection at home, then call it a night in either the Wine Loft Cottage or Studio Cottage. Both options offer views out over the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to Bruny Island, and come with all the amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Herons Rise Vineyard is a short hour’s drive from Hobart located at 100 Saddle Road, Kettering Tasmania 7155.
Coal Valley Vineyard
The Coal Valley Vineyard is a must-visit stop along the local wine route, which also promises cheese stores, chocolatiers, and more wineries than you can shake a vine at. Here, owners Gill and Todd are passionate about wine, and have made a life creating a range of varietals including Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Merlot, and a sparkling. Pinot Noir lovers will be in for a treat, as the winery has a real focus on this lush red drop. As well as the cellar door tasting experience, visitors can enjoy an informal lazy lunch or small plate in the restaurant, which sometimes also hosts live bands. The vineyard is a short drive from Hobart located at 257 Richmond Road, Cambridge, or you can pick up your car rental at Hobart Airport and drive just 10 minutes down the road to start your Tasmanian holiday. Open hours: 11am - 5pm daily.
Home Hill Winery
It all began with just six rows of vines - a hobby born from a real passion for rich Tasmanian wines. Today, Rosemary and Terry Bennett are both amazed and proud at how that labour of love has grown into an award winning winery in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Home Hill Winery offers visitors everything from a relaxed Sunday lunch in the Huon Valley, to complete wedding receptions and corporate events. Try the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sylvaner varieties, and enjoy locally sourced foods such as rainbow trout and oysters in the on-site restaurant. It’s a quick and gorgeous drive from the city, so jump in your rental car from Hobart for a guaranteed fantastic day out at Home Hill Winery. Home Hill Winery is located at 38 Nairn Street, Ranelagh, Tasmania 7109 and is open from 10am - 5pm daily.
Places To Stay
Immerse yourselves in the beauty of the Huon Valley with Driftwood Cottages Dover, a unique collection of self-contained cottages and suites. You’ll choose from one of the studios or more spacious luxury cottages, and no matter which one you book, you’ll be treated to your own private veranda with stunning views of Port Esperance Bay, the surrounding waterways, beaches and bushland. Each option features its own fully equipped kitchen and private bathroom, and aren’t far from a number of local walking tracks and attractions. Drive just over an hour southwest with your Hobart car rental to reach this hidden gem of a retreat in the Huon Valley. Driftwood Cottages are based at 51 Bay View Road Dover.
Discover the historic town of Swansea on Tasmania’s central East coast, and remind yourself of what it really means to relax while staying at Swansea Cottages. Here, you have the option of stayed in a heritage-styled suite in Sherbourne Lodge, or in a self-contained cottage of one, two or three bedrooms. No matter where you choose, you’ll be amidst the gorgeous cottage gardens, located right next to the beach and tennis courts. Additionally, it’s only a short walk to the local shops, as well as attractions such as Kate’s Berry Farm and the Swansea Barkmill Museum. Pick up your rental car from Hobart or Launceston for a leisurely 90-minute drive to this laid-back beachside location. Swansea Cottages are located at 43 Franklin Street, Swansea, Tasmania and are always open.
Huon Bush Retreats
Have you ever wanted to simply get away from it all? You can get much further away from the hustle and bustle of 21st century living than at the Huon Bush Retreats in Tasmania. These wilderness getaway properties are located in the lush native forestland of the island, and offer solar powered lights, fresh rainwater, gas-cooking, and a private outdoor bath as just a few of the eco-friendly features. Choose between tipees, cabins, or campground lodgings, and spend your time watching the local wildlife, strolling through the walking tracks, and discovering hidden waterfalls. There’s even a stellar Huon Food Trail nearby, so pack up your Hobart rental car and get going! Huon Bush Retreats are based out of 300 Browns Road, Ranelagh and are open Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm.
Airwalk Lodge Tahune
The Tahune Airwalk gives new meaning to the saying ‘walking on air’. It’s not just a feeling on this Tasmanian adventure, it’s a reality. This attraction will see you take a short stroll out over the edge of a 1.6 million hectare World Heritage Forest and the Huon River at a height of 50 metres from the ground! As well as the airwalk, you can even fly. The Eagle Glide option lets you soar for 250 metres through the forest and over the river in an exhilarating hang gliding experience from a secure cable. Plus, you can stay in the lodge at night for extra time in this remote area, so you can explore the hiking trails on foot. The airwalk, glide and lodge are all only 1.5 hours away when you pick up your Hobart car rental. Airwalk Lodge are based our of Arve Road, Geeveston.
It’s hard to say what the best feature is when you visit Lufra Hotels and Apartments. Is it the phenomenal coastal scenery and views? Or could it be the modern rooms in this original historic structure? The hotel and apartments are found a short drive away from must-see Port Arthur, so make for a perfect place to stay during and visit to this iconic location. There are 16 self-contained units as well as a number of hotel rooms, and each one offers contemporary amenities to make your stay comfortable, and a wonderful seaside location should you wish to go exploring outdoors. Book your Hobart car rental and drive to this scenic accommodation provider in just over an hour. Lufra Hotel is located at 380 Pirates Bay Drive, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania 7179.
Ready to go... when you’ve booked your vehicle online, you’ll receive confirmation from us – and you’re ready to go. As soon as you arrive at Hobart Airport, the car rental will be ready for your pick-up. Then it’s time to get exploring.
Hobart’s international airport is the gateway to wild and wonderful Tasmania. The island state is an amazing place to explore, and to do that well you’ll need a vehicle to get about.
Deciding on the Hobart Airport rental brand can be confusing, as there are many on offer. Here’s our guide to choosing the right rental company and car for your Tasmanian adventure.
On Airport Rental Brands
● Avis Car Rental is located at Hobart Airport, Strachan Street, Cambridge, TAS 7170, and also has a depot in downtown Hobart at 2-4 Market Place. They offer late-model cars in sizes ranging from economy to full size, hybrids, SUVs, premium vehicles and more.
● Budget Car Rental has a handy counter in the terminal at Hobart Airport, Strachan Street, Cambridge, TAS 7170. You can also access their fleet from a Hobart city depot at 96 Harrington Street. Their modern vehicles include all sizes from a Nissan Micra or similar to a full-sized sedan, as well as some 4WDs and other specialist vehicles which are great for the Tasmanian landscape.
● Europcar Car Rental is located at Hobart Airport, Strachan Street, Cambridge, TAS 7170 and also in downtown Hobart at 112 Harrington Street. They have modern vehicles in a variety of shapes and sizes: small economical hatchbacks, big sedans, SUVs and passengers vans, as well as hybrids and luxury cars.
● Hertz Car Rental has a counter at Hobart Airport, Strachan Street, Cambridge, TAS 7170 and downtown depot at 122 Harrington Street. Their fleet of late-model vehicles includes sedans of all sizes, SUVs, people movers and 4WD vehicles.
● Aussie-owned Redspot Car Rental can be found in the terminal at Hobart Airport, Strachan Street, Cambridge, TAS 7170 - their only Hobart depot. They offer a modern fleet with an average age of just 6 months, in sizes including compact, economy, intermediate, full size and large (This includes SUVs and people movers).
● Thrifty Car Rental has a counter in Hobart Airport, Strachan Street, Cambridge, TAS 7170 and also a city depot at 11-17 Argyle Street. Their fleet is modern, reliable and varied, with cars of all sizes and some 4WDs which are perfect for exploring Tasmania.
● Bargain Car Rentals is a Tasmania-based company and offer on-airport rentals at Hobart Airport, Strachan Street, Cambridge, TAS 7170 as well as a downtown location at 173 Harrington Street. Their modern cars come in small, medium and large at great prices, and they also have a good range of ten and twelve seaters for groups travelling together.
● Red Ribbon Car Rentals is serviced by Bargain at their counter in the terminal, and offers older cars at cheap rates. This is a good brand for anyone looking for an affordable rental.
● Auto Europe will be one of the brands you see above, so check your rental confirmation to find out where to go. Look out for great savings with Auto Europe.
● Keddy by Europcar is serviced by Europcar at their desk in Hobart Airport. At certain times of the year, you can get a bargain with this brand.