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Explore Tasmania with Launceston campervan hire

Welcome to Launceston, the gateway to your Tasmania campervan hire holiday. Located in northern Tasmania on the Tamar River, Launceston is a fabulous city to begin or end a motorhome holiday in Australia’s island state to the south.

One of Australia's oldest cities, Launceston is definitely a must-see destination, with lots of National Parks, marvellous tourist spots and enticing local produce. Pick up a campervan hire in Launceston and explore the beauty of this wonderful place at your own pace.

Launceston Campervan Rentals with Motorhome Republic

Australia is perfectly suited to campervan hire travel and Tasmania is no different. What sets it apart however are the windy roads and cooler climates. To make driving RV rentals a little easier, many campers opt for small vans or motorhomes. These are often built on a converted van chassis, and are either self-contained with a simple toilet and shower, or just a van with a double bed and camp cooking equipment. Launceston has plenty of holiday parks to choose from, so don’t worry about not having a shower on board.


Explore the beautiful island of Tasmania with your Launceston campervan hire.


Motorhome Hire Launceston Holiday in Tasmania

Tasmania is the perfect location for an Australia campervan adventure. Accessible roads, beautiful scenery, incredible food. You can’t go wrong. Check out our Tasmania road trip itinerary to make the most of the time you have in this gorgeous Australian state. Chop and change as you see fit depending on your own personal preferences.


One of the stops you’ll have to make is at the Port Arthur Historic Site. It’s roughly 250 kilometres from Launceston if you were to drive your campervan hire directly, and is where you will find an old penal facility. You can take a tour of the site and even head 30 minutes out from the facility to visit the fascinating old coal mines.


For summer visitors, one of the best spots on the island is at the Freycinet Peninsula, just over two hours from Launceston. The area is nicely suited for a campervan hire Tasmania Launceston trip as it is a nature lover’s paradise, with hiking tracks, beautiful swimming spots and hours of coastline to be discovered by kayak.


In the south of Tasmania down past Hobart is the spectacular Tahune Forest AirWalk. This attraction is a series of walking bridges built above and amongst the canopies with views over the Picton and Huon Rivers. It would take you approximately 4 hours to drive here directly from Launceston.


For something which the whole family will love, visit the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, about 2 hours from Launceston. This is your chance to see wildlife that is extinct everywhere else but in Tasmania – including the Tasmanian devil!


With both natural and architectural beauty to admire, soak in the sights, tastes and sounds of the city before exploring the rest of the island via camper rentals. Fly direct and head off to Tasmania’s riverside city, Launceston, in your campervan hire from MelbourneSydney or Brisbane or travel by sea on the Spirit of Tasmania. Prefer to start somewhere else in Tasmania? Check out campervan hire in Devonport Tasmania or get rental offers in the largest Tasmanian centre, Hobart.


Camper hire Launceston adventure - Things to see and do

Launceston city is small and easy to explore. Take a walk along the boardwalk linking the Seaport to Inveresk. There are fabulous views and you can visit the Queen Victoria Museum – one of Australia's best regional galleries. Queen Victoria Museum is also tagged as the largest museum in Australia not located in a capital city.

If you want to lose yourself for an hour with your campervan hire in Launceston, visit the monkeys in City Park and watch as the babies clamber over each other. The park is also famous for holding Festivale – Tasmania’s premier food and wine festival. The immense, rocky cliff faces of Cataract Gorge Reserve are spectacular. Take the chairlift across and gaze at the surging waters below.

Meet the infamous Tasmanian Devils at Trowunna Wildlife Park, situated about 70km west of Launceston, Devonport. Their spine-chilling screeches and bad tempers make for an unforgettable experience. In the rest of the park you’ll find kangaroos, possums, frogs and even wombats you can cuddle.

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Camping options and caravan parks for your Launceston campervan hire

Launceston offers various options for campervan travellers who plan to stay at a caravan park. Launceston Treasure Island is one of the more established parks. It’s central to all attractions as it’s only 2km from the city centre. Being this central does mean added city noise. It has all the usual amenities plus free barbeques and gas refills.

On the outskirts of the city, you’ll find Longford Riverside Caravan Park. It’s reasonably priced and lies on the banks of the Macquarie River where you can freshwater fish.

If you’d rather get a little closer to nature, camp roadside and wake up to the sounds of the sea. There are a handful near Launceston. Visit an information office for a map of these free sites.

Campervan road trips from Launceston

The adventure from Launceston to the Bay of Fires is one of the best drives in Australia. It will wind you around mountain roads, through vineyards and tropical forests and leads to white sandy beaches. Tour down the east coast with your motorhome rentals Launceston to Freycinet National Park for stunning views. But there are other little spots along the coast ideal for camping on the beach. Try fishing and diving or visit the old convict ruins.

Cradle Mountain is an easy day drive from Launceston. It’s part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, a stunning natural place of glacial rivers, mountains, pines and lakes. There are windy roads that make for slow driving in a campervan, but the rewards are magnificent. The jagged peaks and icy streams exemplify wilderness.

Finding a campervan hire in Launceston Tasmania

Wondering which vehicle to rent, or other things overwhelming you for securing a cheap camper hire Launceston has? Worry not, help is available here. Choose from a variety of campervan rental companies in Launceston. Simply type your preferred dates into our powerful search engine and filter options based on group size, style preference, budget and more. Whether you’re looking for a self-contained rental to accommodate the whole family or a small, private motor home/campervan for hire for an intimate vacation in Launceston, Motorhome Republic has got you covered.

Launceston has various options for campervan travellers. But at Motorhome Republic we make it easy by pulling all the information together and comparing Launceston campervan rental companies in one place.

Campervan rental Launceston brands

Getting around is easy when you hire a campervan in Launceston. Motorhome Republic consolidated great deals from trusted suppliers so you can compare and save. Here are some of the top Tasmania campervan hire Launceston brands you can choose from so you get the right vehicle for your RV rental.

Go Cheap Motorhomes

Go Cheap Motorhomes is just across the road from Launceston Airport at Evandale Road, and to make that 500 metre trip even easier, the team provides a free shuttle to the depot. The campervans and RVs in the Go Cheap fleet offer plenty of choice for any number of travellers. For two people, there is a standard hitop camper, fully equipped Tamar and Sandpiper RVs with kitchens and bathrooms, and a two- to three-berth Huntsman that looks and acts like a motorhome, only in a more compact size. For groups of four, there’s the standard Henty motorhome, or the luxurious Birdsville RV. Groups of six also have a standard and luxury option with either the Derwent or the Discovery. All motorhomes are no more than six years old. 

Energi Motorhomes and Bargain Car Rentals

Bargain Car Rentals offers a good selection of campervans and motorhomes in Launceston. At the larger end of the scale, there is both a four or six berth motorhome in a family standard model, or deluxe model. Bargain also has campervans suited to two, three, or four people, including a two-berth Mercedes Sprinter that has on-board bathroom facilities for those looking for a self-contained set of wheels. Energi Motorhomes’ fleet is diverse and affordable, covering everything from basic two-person vans and hitops, to fully equipped two-person campers, four-berth vans and four- to six-berth RVs. When you hire with Energi, the daily rates tends to decrease as the length of the hire period increases. 

Tasmania Campers

Tasmania Campers in Launceston is a serviced non-depot location, so the team will discuss pick-up and drop-off procedures with you when you book your campers hire. Their range includes a two-person sleeper-van fitted with basic kitchen facilities, and a hitop Trailfinder that’s suited to two adults and two children. The Bush Camper is their 4WD offering and has room for two kids and two adults, while the Trail Seeker and Trail Explorer are the four- and six-berth motorhome options (respectively). 

Plan your motorhome road trip from Launceston

Australia is a country full of surprises. Wild, desolate deserts, unimaginable coastlines and sparkling cosmopolitan cities bustling with food and wine culture, and exciting nightlife. This island is located south of the mainland and known for its natural beauty. Almost half of the land is dedicated to reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites, making it a great place to explore in a motorhome rental.


Launceston motorhome hire itineraries

Plan your Launceston journey with the help of our itinerary. Hire a Launceston campervan and take your time exploring this gorgeous state - there’s a lot to see!


A Taste of Tasmania: Hobart Round Trip via Launceston


Start your motorhome hire holiday in Hobart or Launceston for a round trip route around Tasmania. Make sure to spend a few days in the quirky capital city visiting the Salamanca Market, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and Mona Museum. Along the route, visit Cradle Mountain - Lake Saint Clair National Park, the deepest lake in Australia. Sweep through the sparse northwest, dotted with quaint little towns. Sip whisky at the Hellyers Road Distillery and stroll through the Fern Glade Reserve, a luscious park full of native orchids on the Emu River. You might even see a platypus! Next head to Launceston, one of Australia’s oldest cities, and travel to the Cataract Gorge, great for garden walks, hiking and the longest single span chairlift in the world. The Tasmania Zoo is a 30-minute drive away where you can visit the ferocious Tasmanian Devil. Join a wine tour in Tamar Valley, then travel down the upper east coast. Bay of Fires Walk and Grant’s Lagoon are worth a visit. Wrap up the trip at Wineglass Bay and Great Oyster Bay to experience some of the best beaches. This round trip route is from 10 to 21 days.


The verdant Tamar River Valley is the perfect spot for a leisurely winery tour among the many vineyards.

Useful FAQs for your campervan hire in Launceston

How old do you have to be to hire a campervan in Launceston?

The driver age should be at least 21 years of age to be able to hire campervans in Launceston, TAS.

Is it possible to hire a camper van in Launceston without a credit card?

No credit card required or no payment policies are observed by almost all rental suppliers until pickup of the vehicle. A credit card is required when you collect your camper van rentals.

What type of fuel does a campervan need?

Diesel is needed for some campers, while for others unleaded petroleum is needed. You may ask our support team for information about fuel for vehicles you prefer. Upon collection of your campervan rental Launceston, you will also be reminded of the vehicle’s fuel requirement, along with other important details.

Where can I park my campervan in Launceston?

Launceston Airport has a paid parking location. Around Tasmania, there are more than 50 RV or caravan parks, some with private facilities for travellers in a campervan, motorhome, and camper rentals.

What is the minimum rental period?

The minimum rental period for hiring a campervan in Launceston is usually 7 days. However, there may be exceptions depending on the time of year, vehicle type, and availability. Some restrictions to minimum hiring periods over peak season travel may apply too. One-way hires are often restricted to a minimum of 14 days so always make sure to check with your vehicle suppliers as these terms may vary when hiring a campervan. Campervan hiring is so easy with Motorhome Republic.

Are one-way rentals available?

Yes, major motor home hire suppliers offer one-way rental service. Please visit our website and search available pick up and drop off locations for your motorhome rentals. Always remember to check your agreement and abide by your return date/drop off date to avoid any hassle.

Do I need a special driver’s licence to drive a campervan in Launceston?

No, you can drive a motorhome hire Tasmania Launceston with a standard full car licence. However, each person who wants to drive the campervan needs to bring their own valid original licence. If the licence is not in English, it should have an English translation.

Can I rent a campervan/motorhome at Launceston Airport?

As of the moment, there are no campervan hire suppliers operating within Launceston Airport. However, you may hire a camper van in Launceston in several depots near the airport.

Can additional drivers be added to the campervan hire agreement?

Yes, additional drivers are allowed by most campervan hire companies. Additional drivers must also hold an appropriate driver’s licence and should meet driver age requirements. The additional driver's name should be included in the rental agreement, with a nominal charge.

How much does it cost to stay overnight at a caravan park in Australia?

Rates for campsites in Australia vary depending on the location and the facilities (unpowered and powered.) Prices also vary for peak and off-peak seasons. It is best to check individual campsites for rates and inclusion to plan your trip well.

Are pets allowed?

Would you like to have your furbabies join your campervan hiring tour? There are a lot of camper van hire in Launceston Tasmania companies that allow pets, you still have to double-check the listing. Be sure to see if there is an extra fee for pets before booking your rentals.

Do I have to wash the vehicle?

In most cases, there is no need for you to have the motorhomes Launceston cleaned before you return it. However, it is best to check with your chosen camper van hire company to clarify cleaning fees or additional charges.

Do I have to return the vehicle with a full tank?

It’s always a good idea to start any rent campervan Launceston journey with a full tank, and you’ll need to top it up before you return your vehicle at the depots. Also, make sure to take note of the drop off date of your Launceston motorhome rental.


Book your campervan hire in Launceston and experience North Tasmania’s beauties today. Or outside TAS, you may also grab the best RV rentals from the likes of Newcastle in NSW, anywhere in QLD, or all around the country. Alternatively, you may want to check out camper rental deals from New Zealand which is a great place to visit. We at Motorhome Republic is here to help you with every tour you take.