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Experience Great Fun With a Car Hire in Launceston

Launceston seaport, Tasmania, Australia

Kick start your trip by renting a car in Launceston at VroomVroomVroom. With top suppliers to choose from, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and Enterprise, you will be sure to find a vehicle that will suit your budget and needs.

Launceston is located where the North and South Esk rivers unite, forming Tamar River. Being one of the main cities in Tasmania, this place is known for its beautiful nature, colourful culture, and delectable food and wine. Before you start your Aussie adventure, you would need a reliable car hire and we at VroomVroomVroom can help you find the perfect vehicle for your next holiday.

Location Overview

History and architecture lovers will find plenty of fun things to do in Tasmania's second major city. Settled in 1806, Launceson is one of the oldest cities in Australia packed with excellent food, wine, and scenic highlights. The city is a 2.5-hour drive via National Highway 1 from the state capital. Discover plenty of popular attractions between Launceston and Hobart​, including the beautiful Tamar Island Wetlands, Salamanca Place & Battery Point, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, and Mount Wellington.

In and around Launceston, some of our favourite things to do year-round are:

Summer (December, January, February): The Cataract Gorge, which is only a 15-minute walk from the city centre, is a great place to hang out during the summer. Located on Tasmania's East Coast, plan your trip and enjoy a snapshot of the stunning Bay of Fires. Here, you'll witness clean white beaches with stunning rock formations covered in orange lichen. It will take you about 3 hours following Tasman Highway/A3 in your rental car.

Autumn (March, April, May): Held in April every year, Targa Tasmania is a six-day festival of motoring which starts in Launceston and finishes in Hobart. Autumn is a perfect time to visit Targa Tasmania where you’ll see hundreds of spectators watch and cheer for the rally drivers. Driving time will take you around 3 hours via Highland Lakes Rd/A5.

Winter (June, July, August): Plan your next winter escape by driving to Cradle Mountain in your rental car. Cradle Mountain is beautiful at any time of the year, but over the winter months, this place transforms into a magical winter wonderland. The drive will take you about 4 hours via National Highway 1.

Spring (September, October, November): A visit to Wynyard is a must if you want to experience the annual Bloomin Tulips Festival. The drive will take you around 2 hours via Frankford Rd/B71 and National Highway 1. The festival celebrates the spring flowering of tulips at Van Diemen Quality Bulb Farm on Table Cape.

Year-round: A trip to Launceston is never complete without a visit to City Park, Design Centre, Prince’s Square, Harvest Launceston, Franklin House, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Old Umbrella Shop, and Royal Park.

Which Car Hire Locations are Open Early Or Late in Launceston City/CBD?

Need to pick up/drop off a hire car early morning or late evening? These depots have extended hours.

Enterprise logoEnterprise: 151-153 St John St, Launceston​
Monday to Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm.
Saturday from 7:30am - 12:30pm.
Sunday - Closed.
Hertz logoHertz: 58 Tamar Street, Launceston​
Monday to Friday 8am - 5:30pm.
Saturday from 8am - 1pm.
Sunday - Closed.

Need an even earlier pickup or drop off?

Try picking up at Launceston Airport​​​

(It's about a 14 minute drive from Launceston CBD, depending on traffic)

Before you go to the counter to collect your vehicle, make sure you have your drivers licence, an international driving permit if required, a credit card and passport. Click here​ to learn more about the complete process of picking up your rental car.

Benefits of Booking a Rental Car With VroomVroomVroom

We offer the following benefits for people who book their car rental in Launceston.

  • Compare and save - when you compare all available hire cars from Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty from one list, you will save money. Our Price Promise assures you of finding the best price in rental cars.
  • More location and vehicle options - If you are arriving via Launceston Airport, you can also rent a car through us at the airport. For road trip adventures, you can compare and book a Launceston campervan hire using our site as well.
  • Excellent customer assistance - We have the best and committed customer care experts who are ready to help you and satisfy all your car rental needs. Contact us now.

When Is the Best Time to Go to Launceston?

Weather-wise if you are visiting Launceston for a road trip or just wants to enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities, the perfect time to visit is during December and January, which are considered as the warmest and driest months. While the cheapest time to visit Launceston is anytime from February to November. During autumn (from March to May), the weather is a lot cooler than the summer months.

Driving Tips in Launceston

Begin your wonderful holiday from Launceston by navigating your way down to some of the white sandy beaches around Tasmania via hire car. Visit the popular Freycinet National Park and camp on its fringes in Coles Bay, or you may venture ever more boldly to reward yourself and your whole family with scenic views of the spectacular Wineglass Bay.

The travel time from Launceston to Devonport is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes (99 kms) via rental car, while Launceston to Hobart (via Midlands Hwy) is about 198 kms and the driving time is over 2 hours and 20 minutes. Any foreign driver who wants to drive longer than three months will need to get a Drivers licence from the state he/she intends to do most of the driving. Here's a simple tip when driving in Tasmania: make sure to drive on the left side of the road and that all drivers should keep left of the centre of the road unless overtaking or turning right.

FAQs About Hiring a Car in Launceston

What is the speed limit in Launceston?

The urban street speed limit is 50 km/h unless signed otherwise. Note that the highest speed limit you can travel at in Tasmania is 100 km/h unless otherwise signposted. The speed limit may be 110 km/h on some Tasmanian highways. This is clearly signposted on those highways.

Is it difficult to drive in Launceston’s city centre?

Roads can be steep, narrow and winding so drivers are advised to take extra care. Keep in mind also that there are a number of narrow one-way streets in Launceston.

How do I find a carpark in and around Launceston?

There are many car parks around the city centre, including on-street metered spaces. High street off-street parking spaces cost $2 per 3-hour maximum, Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Click here​ for the full list of car parks in Launceston.

Do I have to pay tolls when driving in Launceston?

You don’t need to pay tolls in Launceston since there are no toll roads in Tasmania.

Explore Launceston With a Reliable and Cheap Rental Car

The views of the city are quite amazing and all tourists can be easily charmed by its beauty. Be sure to visit Cataract Gorge, which is just a short drive from the city centre in your Launceston car hire. If you have more time to explore the city, check out VroomVroomVroom's travel guide below for a list of attractions and accommodation.

Attractions | Accommodation | Other Activities


Tasmania Zoo

Address: 1166 Ecclestone Road, Riverside, Launceston

Have an unforgettable animal encounter at Tasmania Zoo, which is just a few kilometres away from the CBD. The family-owned business was established in 2003 and has the largest collection of exotic, rare, and native animal species in Tasmania including the Black Crested Macaque. You can also catch the daily feedings of the Little Blue Penguin, Tasmanian Devil, and Meerkats. Kids will surely have a great time at the Jurassic Swamp which features more than 40 life-size dinosaurs.

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery

Address: 8/2-8 Wellington St, Launceston TAS 7250

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery is the largest regional museum in Australia. The Art Gallery can be found at the Royal Park while the Museum is situated at Inveresk. The Art Gallery features ten galleries that showcase a diverse range of fine art and design collections. The Museum, on the other hand, gives visitors a glimpse of the region's history and natural science. For an out-of-this-world experience, visit the Planetarium which can be found at the Museum.

Launceston City Park

Address: 45-55 Tamar St., Launceston TAS 7250

The City Park is one of the most beautiful places Launceston has to offer. The park's beauty as well as its historical heritage will amaze you. Numerous gardens, memorials and statues can be visited within City Park, which was established in the 1820s and is currently considered a heritage park. City Park has numerous attractions that the whole family can enjoy including a Monkey Island, duck pond, children's playground, fountain, and gardens. The Albert Hall and City Park Radio can be found within the park. They also host the popular food fest called Festivale every February.

Ben Lomond National Park

Address: Ben Lomond TAS 7212

The park is just one hour from the CBD and has a ski village which makes it a popular destination for skiers, hikers, and tourists. Be sure to witness the diverse wildlife and many species of plants while experiencing the breathtaking views from the alpine landscape. The highest point on the northern part is the Legges Tor summit while the southern area features the Stacks Bluff. There are also numerous walks in Ben Lomond and a zig-zag road called Jacobs Ladder; so why not take the opportunity to mountain bike or take a hike?

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Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel & Apartments

Address: 147 Paterson St, Launceston TAS 7250

Feel at home during your stay at the Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel & Apartments. The boutique heritage property is just a few steps away from the CBC and within easy reach to some of the city's main attractions including the Cataract Gorge and the Old Launceston Seaport Restaurants. The Penny Royal offers 1, 2, and 3-bedroom serviced apartments that are equipped with modern facilities to provide the ultimate comfort.

The Abel Tasman Airport Motor Inn

Address: 303 Hobart Road Launceston TAS 7249

Perfect for frequent travellers, The Abel Tasman is just minutes away from the Launceston Airport and the city centre. Guests will have easy access to many local attractions, restaurants, and shops. There are 42 comfortable rooms to choose from including two-bedroom apartments that have car parking at the unit door. All rooms are non-smoking and are equipped with modern facilities including wireless broadband, television, in-house movie, radio, and mini bar.

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Other things to do around Launceston

Prospect Vale

A nice little getaway you can come to is the small suburb of Prospect Vale. You'll find this suburb 4 miles from the city of Launceston.

The size of the place tells of a mellowed community that takes pride in their peaceful lives. If you're itching to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life then this Australian suburb is just the place for you!

While circling the modest suburb in your car rental, you'll find a couple of interesting things here and there. But hey! I'm here to point you in the right direction. I'll make sure you'll stop by the best place so that you'll only enjoy the very best of Prospect Vale.

Country Club Tasmania Golf Course

Here's a treat for all of you golf-lovers out there! Prospect Vale is home to the Country Club Tasmania Golf Course! The 18-hole gold course is on par with international standards and equipped with scenic outlooks, challenging fairways and expansive greens.

The 72 par course, which is open every day of the week, is perfect for leisure activity or corporate pursuit. If you want to work on your swing or book a lesson with a coaching professional, they've got a covered driving range with distance markers so you can do just that!

The concept or state of mind you should have while you're visiting Prospect Vale is minimalism. It's not much… but that's what makes you appreciate it more. We often take simple things for granted and the suburb of Prospect Vale can teach us a thing or two about stripping down to the essentials.

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