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Off the southern coast of Victoria, just below the eclectic and vibrant streets of Melbourne, sits the leafy state of Tasmania. Sometimes overlooked by tourists, this island holds countless treasures just waiting to be unearthed. One of these gems is Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart.
Tassie’s most populous city has an abundance of amazing natural beauty, an inviting atmosphere, and a spread of phenomenal food and drink options to suit the palate of any traveller. Renting a cheap car hire in Hobart from DriveNow allows you the freedom and flexibility to explore the many magical moments this island has to offer.
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Looking to hire a Car in Hobart or at Hobart Airport? With one easy Search you can compare pricing and vehicles from all the leading Rental companies based in Hobart and book your car quickly and easily with the best available rate.
Despite being situated outside mainland Australia, Hobart is blessed with just as many unmissable road tripping opportunities as Sydney, Brisbane, and other major cities, so securing a car hire in Hobart is a must if you want to properly experience this superb island destination. With so many great locales to enjoy, you’ll want to make sure you rent a car that gets you to them all.
DriveNow takes the hassle out of Hobart car hire by working with the biggest and best brands in the market. Trusted suppliers such as Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Keddy, Redspot and Thrifty give you a variety of great makes, models, and sizes from which to compare, ensuring you get the keys to the cheapest vehicle that suits your needs. Depots are located in Hobart city, or if you’d prefer to collect the keys as soon as you arrive, DriveNow offers the flexibility of being able to compare bargain car hire from Hobart Airport as well.
In addition to awesome selection and convenience, you’ll also get good, honest pricing. You don’t have to worry about nasty hidden fees, freeing you up to use your money on tickets to check out all the off-the-wall exhibits at MONA or sample the amazing food and drink the city has to offer. All of these perks add up to easy and efficient Hobart car rental that will help you to get your trip started off on the right foot.
Why Use DriveNow to Rent a Car in Hobart?
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Bargain car rentals in Hobart take the stress out of one of the most vital parts of any enjoyable holiday. We’ve been helping Australians gain access to the vehicles they need for more than a decade and are ready and waiting to help you compare and find the right fit.
Ready to book? Simply enter your dates of travel, decide on the make and model of your Hobart hire car, and place your reservation. It’s quick and easy!
Driving Tips for you and your rental car in Hobart
Hiring a car in Hobart is a smart move to help you make the most out of your trip to Tasmania. Before you hit the road, here’s a few driving tips to get you prepped and ready for action.
- While Tasmania is its own island, it follows the same rules and regulations as mainland Australia when it comes to road safety. This means you’ll drive on the left, must wear a seatbelt, and must have a valid driver’s license.
- The speed limit on the highway out of Hobart is 100km/hr (60mph), but don’t expect to be travelling anywhere at high speed. Most of the highways surrounding Hobart are scenic and windy, and should be taken with care. Of course, with views like those in Tassie, you’ll have no wish to drive fast anyway! If you have an itinerary to stick to, make sure to factor these winding roads and photo stops into your plans.
- If you’re venturing outside of the city in your Hobart hire car, be cautious when driving at night. Tasmania is home to all kinds of wonderful nocturnal animals, some of which won’t be expecting you as they hop out into the road!
What You Need to Know about Car Hire at Hobart Airport
Strachan Street, Cambridge, Tasmania, Australia 7170
Telephone: +61 3 6216 1600
Hobart Airport is located 17km east of Hobart
No. of Terminals: 1
Timezone: GMT/UTC +11:00
Much like the island of Tasmania itself, you will have little trouble navigating your way around Hobart Airport. There is just the one terminal, so you won’t be left having to decipher confusing airport signs or forced to sprint from building to building to find the bag carousel.
With DriveNow, car rental at Hobart Airport is also extremely easy. There are desks inside the arrivals hall from which you’ll be able to pick up the keys to your Hobart hire car from Hertz, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Redspot, or Thrifty, before hitting the open road. The two-lane highway leads directly to the city and it takes just 17km before you’re in the heart of town. With a Hobart Airport car hire, your holiday will be underway from the moment you arrive.
Car hire at Hobart Airport – terminal map Source: hobartairport.com.au
Car rental at Hobart Airport gives you instant access to a set of wheels that will let you dictate the terms of your time in Tasmania. Whether you plan to stay in or around Hobart itself or want to head out on a road trip, Hobart Airport car hire from DriveNow makes it all possible.
Where to stay in Hobart
There’s no shortage of accommodation options in Hobart, many of which have their own defining characteristics that can make your time in Tassie that much more memorable.
The Henry Jones Art Hotel
Considered by many to the be the premier place to stay in Hobart, the Henry Jones Art Hotel certainly lives up to its reputation and name with a collection of luxurious rooms, beautiful art, and convenient location. The Henry Jones, deemed Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, houses a separate area called The Lounge in which you can relax and indulge in a variety of works from Tasmanian artists. The hotel also sits on the edge of the harbour, providing guests with beautiful aquatic views.
The Alabama Hotel
The fun and quirky Alabama Hotel, situated a few blocks away from the Sullivans Cove harbour, is a hip spot that won’t break the bank. Blending a time gone by with today’s love of everything vintage, the Alabama is a funky and fun place to stay despite not having all the trappings of a classic hotel. There are no elevators or en suite bathrooms, and none of the 17 rooms have a TV. All of this helps keep the vintage feel of the building, erected in 1860, intact. Before you think you’re too far off the grid, there is free Wi-Fi as well as an awesome service staff, rad décor, and a sweet balcony bar/lounge area.
If you’re looking for a more personal touch, The Islington is an outstanding choice. While the price tag skews towards the higher end, it’s well worth it, with plush digs, beautiful shared outdoor space, a crackling indoor fireplace, and chefs that produce freshly baked goods that you are free to take as you wish. This place is especially great for those taking advantage of car rental in Hobart, as there is private parking for guests. The award-winning Islington is just over 2km away from the city centre, giving you the power to walk into town or hop into your Hobart hire car and cruise down to the action.
What to Do in Hobart
What Hobart lacks in size, it more than makes up for in quality year-round attractions. No matter the temperature outside, no Hobart vacation would be complete without a visit to these travel hotspots.
Sullivans Cove and Salamanca Place
The waterfront at Sullivans Cove, located in the eastern portion of Hobart, is perhaps the liveliest district in the entire city. It’s here you’ll find historic Salamanca Place, filled with boutique shops bursting with hand-crafted goods as well as a strong variety of restaurants and cafés. The area really explodes each Saturday morning, as thousands of visitors and locals mix and mingle at the famous Salamanca Markets. With more than 300 stalls, you’ll be able to slowly stroll the aisles, browsing amazing local produce, jams and spreads as well as everything flowers and handmade crafts. Good luck deciding which of the amazing breakfast and lunch options to choose from, as there is a dizzying array of scrumptious sausage rolls, bacon and egg combos, and delectable baked goods on offer.
Cheap car rental in Hobart can be just the thing you need to check out one of the coolest attractions in Tasmania. Bruny Island sits directly south of Hobart and is one of the most beautiful, scenic destinations in all of Tasmania.
To get there, drive your hire car to the Bruny Island Ferry in Kettering, approximately 35 minutes on the A6 and B38 freeways. Once you hit the island, the rest is up to you.
Conquer some steep stairs at various points around the island to earn amazing 360-degree views, or lace up your boots and explore one of the dozens of great hiking trails. Afterwards you can dine out on the locally produced food and drink stops dotted around the island. Sample fantastically fresh oysters, chunks of decadent chocolate, or enjoy a taste of locally produced whisky or wine.
Although there are a handful of these awesome artisans, Bruny Island remains largely undisturbed. That means untouched forests and island views and beaches on which to relax and enjoy the serenity. Stay for a just a few hours or make this island oasis your home for a night or two, camping or caravanning or staying in a quaint cottage.
One thing to note is that you need to make sure the Hobart car hire you choose enables you to drive on Bruny Island. If your supplier prefers that you don’t take the vehicle there, you can sign up for tours that will help you live your island dreams.
For an eye-opening experience in Hobart that will have you talking your friends’ ears off upon your return home, it’s hard to go past MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art. Don’t be fooled; this isn’t your grandparents’ museum. These walls house some of the most eclectic, interesting and thought-provoking pieces you’ll ever come across.
Since opening its doors in 2011, MONA has become a go-to destination for those in Hobart looking to expand their horizons. With a constantly evolving inventory of pieces and convenient iPhone guides provided for each visitor, you’ll have no trouble wandering the halls and devouring what’s held within.
Not everything is age-appropriate, so you might want to leave inquisitive little ones out of this one if you can. You don’t have to be an art history major or obsessed with culture to enjoy the rotating installations inside MONA. After taking it all in, wash it down with a delicious Moorilla wine or frosty Moo Brew beer at the Cellar Door.
The Best Restaurants, Cafés and Bars in Hobart
Despite its modest size, Hobart has built up quite the reputation when it comes to delicious food and drink. When you’re ready for a pit stop, consider dropping in to some of these popular eateries for some mouth-watering treats.
Pigeon Hole Café
The Pigeon Hole Café at the corner of Goulburn St. and Molle St. in West Hobart is a fantastic place to get your day started, regroup to plan your next move, or simply grab that little pick-me-up you need to keep on truckin’.
Proud owners Richard and Belinda Weston, incorporate home-grown oils and general produce from their Weston Farms to the dishes at Pigeon Hole.
The café is a favourite of locals who have made it a regular part of their day. The small, intimate location makes for a great social environment, though it can be crowded on weekends. The Pigeon Hole doesn’t take reservations but trust us, the wait is worth it.
Tricycle Café and Bar
Conveniently located in Salamanca Place but hidden inside the building housing the Peacock Theatre, the Tricycle Café and Bar offers a bit of respite without forcing you to hop in your Hobart hire car and cruise way out of town. The large open area and colourful tricycle décor adds a bit of quirkiness to the whole experience.
For a bit of European flair, Smolt offers up exquisite dishes inspired by the culinary delights found throughout Italy and Spain. Another feather in the cap of Salamanca Place, this popular eatery is a great place to celebrate an anniversary or birthday. The contemporary look and feel is complemented by the innovative dishes featuring locally sourced bits and pieces. Feel free to check it out for brunch, lunch, dinner or just a quick drink.
Fat Pig Farm
For a dining experience that really gives you an up-close-and-personal view of Hobart’s wonderful local produce, head to Fat Pig Farm for a feast to remember. You’ll be wined and dined with several courses featuring seasonal ingredients taken straight from the farms’ paddocks and gardens. As you anticipate the next delectable dish, you’ll be able to watch Chef Matthew Evans, host of Gourmet Farmer on SBS, work his magic in the open kitchen.
If you’re not in the mood for glasses with stems or handles, Hobart has no shortage of places in which you can indulge in your favourite tipple, as long as that spirit is whisky.
Known as one of the foremost Australian producers of this fine drink, a trip to Hobart’s dedicated distilleries is a must for every whisky lover.
In particular, the Lark Distillery Cellar Door is a can’t-miss, located just near the waterfront in downtown Hobart. Lark has been taking advantage of the region’s climate since 1992 to craft amazing malt whiskies. At the cellar door you can sample some of the 150-plus varieties. Just remember that it might be in your best interest to leave your rental car behind for this one!
If Lark whets your appetite, you can walk further into the city to Heartwood Malt Whiskey or stay down by the harbour to hit up Nant Whisky Bar. No matter which way you turn, you’ll be treated to the finest drops Hobart has to offer.
Alternatively, you can hop on the Tasman Highway (also known as the A3) and head over the bridge and back toward the airport toward Cambridge. That’s where you’ll find the Sullivan’s Cove distillery. Sample a dram at the cellar door or pay for a tasting and/or a tour, which run on the hour from 10-4 Monday through Friday, from one of the most revered producers in the world.
Hit These Hobart Road Trips
One of the best things about visiting Tasmania is the opportunity for road tripping. Whether you pick up your car rental at Hobart Airport or collect the keys once you get in to town, a Hobart hire car or campervan rental gives you the freedom to set course for an unforgettable journey around the island.
If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, it’s hard to any better than making your way through Cradle Country. After sorting your car rental at Hobart Airport, take your gear and head out on B31 until you hit National Highway 1 and take it to Devonport, on the north coast of Tasmania. The drive covers around 270km and should take a touch over three hours. From Devonport you are in striking distance of nearby towns Burnie and Wynyard, and can take your pick of dozens of terrific treks of varying distances and difficulties depending on your level of hiking experience and skill.
If you’ve ever wanted to live your Lord of the Rings fantasies out and are serious about trekking, look no further than the Overland Track, one of the best-known walks in the hiking community. This difficult journey takes about six days to complete, so only those keen to sleep under the stars need apply. However, if you’re properly prepared for a challenging 65km march, it doesn’t get much better than the Overland Track. It’s most crowded between October and May, and walkers must make a booking, pay a fee, and travel from Cradle Mountain to Lake St. Clair. Other times of year have no such restrictions.
While Hobart is the state’s capital and most populous city, it’s certainly not the only city worth visiting when you land in Tassie. Launceston is located about 200km north of Hobart and is an ideal destination for those looking for the ultimate Tasmanian road trip.
The drive, which takes about 2.5 hours, is short enough where you can hop in your hire car in Hobart after breakfast and be in Launceston by lunch. Or you can turn the trip into a multiple-day voyage up B31 and National Highway 1.
The Cataract Gorge Reserve, known to locals as “The Gorge,” provides a taste of natural beauty just a few minutes from the Launceston city centre. It won’t cost you a thing to walk across the river or have a swim, and if you’re lucky enough and around in the summer you might even happen upon some peacocks and wallabies as the sun sets.
You can also take your hire car to the Tamar Island Wetlands Reserve, located just 10 minutes outside Launceston, for a relaxing, educational experience for visitors both young and old.
Once you’ve finished exploring, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and wine. The region has earned a sterling reputation for excellent eateries and wonderful wines, many of which take advantage of the freshly sourced produce found in the area. If you’re not into the aforementioned grapes, the Boag’s Brewery tour could satisfy your thirst for local adult beverages.
End the Year with Yachts
As you can surmise from the name, the capital of Tasmania plays a pretty big role in the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
Thousands of Australians around the country, still full from their delicious Christmas day feasts, gather around their TVs on Boxing Day in anticipation. The five-day race sees dozens of yachts, some carrying crews of seasoned veterans while other passengers include celebrities and other local personalities, take off from Sydney and follow the east coast of Australia for 628 nautical miles down to Hobart. A boat called Perpetual Loyal set a record in 2016 by finishing the race in 1 day, 13 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds.
If you are in Hobart at the end of the year, it’s well worth partaking in some of the festivities surrounding the event. As the yachts cruise into the Constitution Dock area down near the harbour, Salamanca Place buzzes with activity and excitement. You don’t need your sea legs or know the difference between port, stern, aft, and bow to have a good time when the Sydney to Hobart race comes to town.