There’s nothing quite like the joy of a campervan holiday. Cruising down the highway with the wind in your hair, stopping at quaint little towns and beautiful beaches along the way… it’s an unforgettable experience.
Campervan hire Tasmania by way of a short or long-term rental is a perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and really relax and unwind. And what better place to do it than in Tasmania – one of Australia’s most beautiful states.
There are plenty of things to see and do in Tasmania, so you’ll never be bored. Nature lovers will adore the stunning national parks, while foodies will be in heaven with the island’s delicious produce.
And of course, there are plenty of opportunities for adventure, with activities like hiking, biking and kayaking on offer.
Before you go out and rent a motorhome or campervan in Tasmania, here are some things to consider.
Campervan hire Tasmania – which company should I go with?
How do you decide which company to go with? Well, it depends on what you’re looking for. Some companies are better for budget-minded motorhome and campervan travellers, while others offer a more luxurious experience.
It’s important to do your research and read reviews before you make your decision on which motorhome or campervan is right for you. That way, you can be sure you’re getting the best deal possible and that you’ll have a great time on your holiday.
Who is the best campervan hire company in Tasmania?
Search campervan rental on Google and you’ll get plenty of options for motorhome and campervan hire companies.
Here is a list of motorhome and campervan rental companies in Tasmania for your next holiday exploring Tasmania by road.
- Cruisin Motorhomes and Campervans
- Tasmania Campers
- Apollo Motorhome Holidays
- Kwik Campers Tasmania
- Wicked Campers
Most companies offer a motorhome and campervan hire Hobart. For instance, they will have a Hobart branch or Hobart airport pickup.
Also, with so many companies to choose from, the location drop point can be different to the collection point. So you could do a loop, or, for example, arrive in Hobart to collect your camper and end your journey in Devonport and take the Spirit of Tasmania to Melbourne.
What if you want to do a motorhome or campervan hire Hobart, but continue your journey onto Melbourne?
If you go with one of the larger companies (e.g. Cruisin motorhomes), you could start or end your road trip in Tassie, but keep your road trip going by catching the Spirit of Tasmania to Melbourne and dropping your campervan hire off at an interstate location. This option won’t be available with the smaller rental companies.
After you get a taste of life on the road, you might not want to stop!
Questions to ask when choosing the right style of campervan hire
What should you think about when renting a motorhome or campervan for your road trip in Tasmania?
Here are a few things to consider:
- Some destinations require you to have a fully self-contained vehicle
- Will you need a 4WD vehicle to go offroad?
- How far will you travel? Make sure you check the number of kilometres included in your campervan or motorhome rental agreement
- How much do you want to pay? Budget options can sound attractive but if you’re used to a little luxury at home and want to sleep comfortably, it might be worth paying a few more pennies for a campervan with an inside toilet, cooking facilities, and a comfortable bed.
- How many people do you need to accommodate?
- What size vehicle will you feel comfortable driving?
The right campervan will begin to emerge as you work your way through answering the above questions.
Can you rent a vintage campervan #vanlife style in Tasmania?
Yes. If you’re after a camper with a bit more personality, consider hiring one from Camplify.
Camplify is the Airbnb of motorhomes and has a large selection of motorhomes and campervans available in Tasmania. Expect to pay upwards of $100 per day.
What type of license do you need to drive a motorhome?
Check with your rental company as it will depend on the size of the vehicle. But, in general, you can use a standard driver’s licence (or international driving permit). Remember to take it slow on the Tasmania roads!
Can you sleep anywhere in a campervan in Tasmania?
Yes, it is legal to sleep in your car in Tasmania. But, please ensure you obey all the rules and regulations per local signage, and leave the area clean and tidy #LeaveNoTrace
Can you park a campervan anywhere in Tasmania?
While there are many free camping spots in Tasmania, there are also a lot of places that don’t appreciate overnight stays. Areas that don’t allow overnight parking are signed and should be followed to uphold the generally good reputation and goodwill towards road travel in Tasmania.
Some areas will have signage indicating no overnight camping. Other areas will indicate a maximum time allowed (e.g. 24 hours) and/or a window of time that you’re allowed to park (e.g. 5 pm – 9 am). In general, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a beautiful spot to park your motorhome.
Paid versus free camping in Tasmania
Paid camping grounds in Tasmania usually have amenities like toilets and showers, whereas free camping spots will not always (but often do!). That being said, there are many beautiful free campsites around Tasmania that are well worth a visit. Just make sure you come prepared with your own supplies.
If you’re planning on doing a lot of cooking while on your trip, then a paid campsite may be worth it for the convenience of having a kitchen. However, if you’re planning on eating out most of the time, then a free campsite will probably suffice.
Some popular paid camping spots in Tasmania include:
- Woolnorth Wind Farm, near Stanley
- The Big4 Iluka on Freycinet, Coles Bay
- Campbell Town Caravan Park, Campbell Town
- Fortescue Bay Campground, Tasman Peninsula
- Some popular free camping spots in Tasmania include:
- Mt Field National Park
- Hartz Mountains National Park
- Pine Forest Campground, Mount Wellington
Can I camp for free in Tasmania?
Yes! Free camping is a great way to save money on your holiday. I’ve enjoyed months and months of free camping with views that would make million-dollar mansion holders envious.
There are plenty of places to camp for free in Tasmania, including national parks, forests and beaches. Just be sure to obey all the rules and regulations, and leave the area clean and tidy.
To find free camping in Tasmania, I recommend the Wikicamps app. I use it pretty much every time I’m heading to a new location in the van or to find water and dump points.
Wikicamps is an app that can help you find free camping spots in Tasmania. Just enter your location and the app will show you all the nearby camping spots. It’s a great way to save money on your holiday and see some beautiful parts of Tasmania.
Some popular free camping spots in Tasmania include:
- Mt Field National Park
- Hartz Mountains National Park
- Pine Forest Campground, Mount Wellington
- Binalong Bay Beach Camping Area
- Derwent River region
Young travellers and Old Travellers – everyone is on the road!
Gone are the days when motorhomes and campervans were only for those with silver hair. You’ll find people of all ages taking a lap of Tasmania.
Do you need to pay to visit national parks in Tasmania?
Before heading to a national park in Tasmania, double-check to see if you need a national park pass.
National parks in Tasmania are a great way to explore the natural beauty of the state. There are plenty of them, and most of them have an entrance fee. However, the fee is usually quite reasonable, and it’s definitely worth it to spend some time in these beautiful parks.
Some of the best-known national parks in Tasmania are Freycinet National Park, Cradle Mountain National Park, and Port Arthur Historic Site. So if you’re looking for some natural beauty and history, be sure to check out these parks!
Do you need travel insurance for your camper van holiday?
Insurance is one of those products that you buy hoping never to use. Invest in your future self and get it just in case.
Where should you drive?
No matter where you go, your Tasmania road trip will be full of adventure.
There are so many things to see and do in Tasmania, that it’s hard to know where to start! Here are just a few of the highlights:
The above suggestions are on every tourist website, so here are some of my tips for getting off the tourist track and exploring some secret gems.
- Visit Hobart and explore the city’s history and culture
- Drive the Great Eastern Drive and discover stunning coastal scenery
- Take a trip to Bruny Island and taste delicious local produce
- Wander through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
- Go island hopping in the Bass Strait Islands
- Visit Port Arthur Historic Site, one of Australia’s most significant convict sites
- Don’t forget the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens!
My top picks for your Tassie road trip
Some of my favourite places to visit in my van include:
- Top pick: Binalong Bay – pristine beaches
- Wineglass bay – absolutely breathtaking!
- Top pick: Queenstown – take a walk around and explore the booming street art scene in Queenstown.
Southern end (‘down south’)
- Top pick: Visit New Norfolk. If you do a Hobart campervan hire, before setting off to explore the rest of the state, consider taking a detour (not far out of town) to visit the gorgeous town of New Norfolk. It’s home to some of my favourite shops, including Black Swan Books, Flywheel Stationery, and Miss Arthur.
- Top pick: Take a walk around Cataract Gorge. Afterwards, you might just want to move to Launceston to live, which is exactly what happened to me!
Ready to go? What should you pack?
When packing for your campervan holiday, it’s important to pack light. You’ll need clothes for a range of weather conditions, as well as essentials like sunscreen and insect repellent.
Once you pick up your camper, you’ll also want to pack some snacks and drinks. If you pickup your camper in Hobart, I’d suggest stopping off at Hill Street Grocer to gather your supplies. Remember to check the size of your fridge and storage beforehand though, as there are so many tempting delicious treats at Hill Street that you might get back to your campervan and realise you can’t fit it all in. (Has this happened to me? Yes.)
Finally, make sure you have all the necessary documents – like your driver’s licence and passport – on hand.
Luggage storage can be a challenge in small spaces, so work out what you really need to take and forget the rest. If you desperately need an extra jumper, puffer jacket, or decide you really did need those polka dot bikinis, there are retail and camping stores all across Tasmania where you should be able to find what you need.
What season is the best to travel in a campervan around Tasmania?
The best season to travel in a campervan around Tasmania is during the summer months. The weather is warm and sunny, and there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. However, be prepared for crowds during the summer holidays. If you’re looking for a quieter experience, consider travelling during the shoulder season or winter months.
School holiday periods and public holidays can get pretty crowded in holiday parks and free camping sites across the state. From Christmas Day until the school holidays end, you’d be lucky to find a free camp along the East Coast and you’ll need to book caravan parks well in advance.
However, inland, and on the west coast, you can usually find somewhere to park for free.
If your schedule allows it, consider planning a trip for November or early December. I’ve found that this is the best time to enjoy beach views at free camps.
What is the average temperature in Tasmania?
Tasmania tends to have distinct seasons.
The climate in Tasmania is temperate, with a range of weather conditions across the state. The north of Tasmania is generally warmer and wetter than the south, which is cooler and drier. The highest rainfall is on the west coast, while the east coast is the driest.
Can you campervan in Tasmania in Winter? The short answer is ‘yes’. But the temperatures can get pretty cold (!!) so enquire with the motorhome or campervan hire company if the vehicle has a heater installed. I did one winter in Tasmania without a heater… and then promptly got a diesel heater installed in my van. I couldn’t do van life in the cold ever again without it.
It’s pretty common to experience a cold snap, especially when heading out into nature in the colder months, so make sure you bring a jacket! Check with your motorhome or campervan hire companies as to the level of insulation in your rental! Also, check if they include camping accessories for making a hot cup of coffee/hot chocolate on the road such as a Jetboil.
Tasmania can also experience severe winds and snowfall. To stay safe, always check the Bureau of Meteorology website (or download their app onto your phone) before heading out.
Will I get phone reception in Tasmania during my campervan holiday?
You should be pretty right for coverage across most of Australia if you’re with Telstra. To double-check if you’ll get coverage on your itinerary, check out the Telstra service map. You should get excellent service in Hobart and Launceston.
Service from other providers, in my experience, is pretty sketchy, so I’d advise getting a Telstra prepaid SIM for your trip if you want to stay connected.
To wrap up…
A motorhome or campervan hire Tasmania is the perfect way to explore this Island State.
There are lots of campers roaming around Tasmania and you’ll begin to spot them here, there, and everywhere as you cruise around the Tasmanian roads.
It’s pretty common for other van and motorhome drivers to wave as you pass each other on the road, so be friendly and don’t forget to wave back!
Have a great trip and enjoy Tassie!
P.S. a warning that you might enjoy your trip so much that you get home and consider buying your own home on wheels. What started with motorhome hire in Hobart might end with a whole new way of life 🙂