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Tasmania Guide


Australia’s smallest state, the island of Tasmania is a natural wonderland for the outdoor-lover. Bass Strait isolates the island from mainland Australia. Hobart, the capital city, is Tasmania’s busiest settlement. Launceston and Devonport are two of the largest towns outside the capital. From these settlements, attractions like Cradle Mountain, Mt Field National Park and Port Arthur are easily reached via car hire in Tasmania.

Hiring a Vehicle

Travellers can pick up a car from major cities, towns, and transportation hubs across the state, like Devonport Ferry Terminal and Hobart Airport. It is advised that tourists compare car hire options via the internet, long before reaching Tasmania. Hertz, Thrifty, Avis and the ever-reliable Budget make sure vehicles are readily available for tourists.

Transport Options

Hobart and Launceston Airport are the major gateways into Tasmania. Most flights actually arrive from Melbourne though. The main ferry port into the state is located at Devonport. Ferries connect the island to the Port of Melbourne. Highway 1 is the busiest road through the state, connecting Devonport with Launceston and Hobart.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Tasmania

Tasmanian roads and highways have a speed limit of 100km/h outside built up areas. However, motorists will rarely get above 60km/h, as the roads across the state wind through mountain areas and along coastal routes. Many roads fail to provide overtaking lanes, so care is required when passing. Watch out for wildlife crossing roads, especially in the evening and at night. There are some sections of dual-carriageway located in Tasmania.

Not to be Missed!

The historically beautiful Port Arthur is a must-see destination and can be easily accessed from Hobart using car rental in Tasmania. It is one of Australia’s first convict sites and is still well preserved. It is also the site of the Martin Bryant Massacre of 1996. The Bay of Fires, near St. Helens, is a magnificent cove boasting crystal clear waters and red-coloured rocky outcrops. Visitors should head to Cradle Mountain/Lake St. Clair National Park to embrace Tasmania’s true natural landscape.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Rainfall is high throughout the entire year, although the summer months of December, January and February generally receive less than the cooler months of the year. Summer is the best time to explore the island state, as temperatures are a comfortably mild 21°C. Winter temperatures (between May and August) can drop to nearly 0°C regularly.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Australian dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    100 - 130 km/h
  • Language

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).