Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, is a place like no other. Located on the southeastern coast of the island, the city is widely recognised for its fascinating art galleries, sandstone colonial architecture, and easy access to Mount Wellington. Book your campervan rental today to embark on a lifetime adventure not only in Tassie’s capital but also its surrounding regions like Launceston.
Known as the second oldest city in Australia after Sydney, Hobart has plenty of natural, cultural and beautiful attractions to offer. Whether you plan on exploring the markets in the city or taking a road trip through some of the beautiful national parks, a campervan hire can get you where you need to go.
Some of our favourite things to do year-round in Hobart are:
Summer (December, January, February): Join some of the colourful festivals in Hobart including the famous Taste of Tasmania Festival, Summer Festival, Sydney/Hobart Yacht Race, Cygnet Folk Festival, and Hobart Comedy Festival. Other small and weekly events to check out around Hobart which offer incredible opportunities to soak up the summer sun are Salamanca Market, Street Eats @ Franko and Hobart Food Truck Market.
Autumn (March, April, May): Discover the laneways and hidden secrets of Hobart's CBD or visit Elizabeth Street and North Hobart for an enjoyable dining experience. Head to Port Arthur if you want to experience some serious paranormal activity. Take a ghost tour of the Port Arthur Historic site where you’ll visit the Commandant’s Cottage, Separate Prison, Magistrate’s House, the Church, and the Parsonage. The drive is less than 2 hours via Arthur Highway/A9 from Hobart.
Winter (June, July, August): Plan your next winter getaway by driving to Cradle Mountain, which takes around 4 hours via National Highway 1. During the winter months, the mountain transforms into a magical winter wonderland. In Hobart, you can join in the celebrations of Dark Mofo in June and Tasmanian Whisky Week in August.
Spring (September, October, November): Enjoy all the festivity of the Bloomin’ Tulips Festival in the small coastal town of Wynyard, which is located on the north-west coast of Tasmania. Held annually in October, don't miss out on celebrating the spring flowering of the tulips at Van Diemen Quality Bulb Farm on Table Cape. The Spring Community Festival at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart is another must-see. This spectacular event attracts more than 10,00 people from all over the world.
Year-Round: Explore some of the main attractions in the city including Salamanca Place, Tasmanian Cricket Museum, Theatre Royal, and Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Hastings Cave State Reserve, Richmond, and Triabunna are just some of the popular day trips you can take from Hobart. To help you experience a memorable road trip from Hobart to Launceston, click here.
Barilla Holiday Park is children friendly and is at the start of the Coal River Valley wineries, near the historic town of Richmond. The park's campsite facilities include a 19 hole mini-golf course, barbecue facilities, camp kitchen, car park, conference facilities, WiFi, cots, playground, restaurant, and tour desk.
Discovery Holiday Parks Hobart is a safe and secure camping site. Its facilities include a barbecue area, beach volleyball court, children's playground, conference facilities, faxing facilities, golf course, Internet access, laundry facilities, and parking spaces.
Hobart Airport Tourist Park has an accessible location. Historic Richmond, Salamanca Market, Sullivan Cove, Port Arthur, and the Tasman Peninsula are all nearby. The park's campsite facilities include a barbecue, camp kitchen, car park, courtesy transfer, communal kitchen, communal refrigerator, cots, high chair, iron, public telephone and laundry ideal for people travelling in a campervan.
Richmond Cabin and Tourist Park lies in the southern region of Tasmania and is in proximity with the Bonorong Wildlife Park, ZooDoo Fun Park, Coal River Valley wineries and the main village street that homes historic buildings, restaurants, galleries, and shops of Richmond. The venue has powered and unpowered sites for camping and campervans. Its campsite facilities include a barbecue, camp kitchen, car park, communal kitchen, recreation room, kiosk, playground, swimming pool, and a half size tennis court.
Mawson's Huts Replica Museum is situated on the beautiful waterfront of Hobart just across Mawson's Place and Constitution Dock. Also known as "The Gateway to Antarctica," visitors can see a replica of the historic huts built by Dr Douglas Mawson and the other members of the Australian Antarctic Expedition. The museum is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm (October 1 to April 30) and from 10 am to 5 pm (May 1 to September 30).
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful Australian wildlife sanctuary that was founded in 1981. The venue is home to a wild range of wildlife, taking care of any sick or injured animals. Visitors will get the chance to see the site's beautiful wildlife and to pet, cuddle and watch feedings of Tasmanian devils.
Salamanca Market is open every Saturday from 8 am until 3 pm in historic Salamanca Place. The market is very popular among both locals and tourists. The Salamanca precinct has a number of restaurants, cafes, galleries and the market itself has over three hundred stalls that sell just about anything from fresh produces, fashion items, snacks, jewellery and more. It's an ideal venue for any shopaholics.
Mount Nelson Lookout offers a wonderful panorama of Hobart city and the Derwent River. It can be reached by car via Nelson Road. Having breakfast at the restaurant within the lookout is highly recommended, especially for those who wish to do something romantic and relaxing.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens can be found at Queens Domain, Hobart close to the central business district. It was founded in 1818 and covers over 13.5 hectares of land, abundant with beautiful plants. Aside from its beautiful gardens, the area also offers a restaurant that serves very tasty food, a botanical shop, guided tours and a wide range of gardening activities and classes.
Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park lies along Arthur Highway in Taranna just 10 minutes from Port Arthur. This unique wildlife park is a 'un zoo'. That means that the visitors are those in pens and the famous Tasmanian devils run free. View them from custom-built pods and tunnels. The park is open every day from nine in the morning until five in the afternoon and offers low admission charges, especially for children and families.
You must be at least 21 to hire a campervan. However, some providers allow 18-years-old drivers but an underage driver surcharge will apply for rentals on campervans. Learn more by clicking here.
No, your full driver’s licence held for a minimum of one year is enough in order to drive a campervan. Licence must be in English or an International Driving Permit (IDP) is required.
Yes, a credit card is needed at the time of pick up. Usually, payment can be made by credit card or debit card. Note that campervan rental companies do not accept cash. More information can be found here.
You can park your campervan at Condell Place Car Park if you're planning to explore the inner-city suburb of North Hobart. This site has easy access to the main road. Battery Point and Sandy Bay offer free on-street parking.