Why go by campervan | motorhome?
Compact distances, good roads, ever-changing scenery, pleasant climate and friendly people – they’re just a few of the things that make Tasmania the perfect destination for a self-drive touring holiday.
But when you take all the comforts of home along with you on the road, you’re adding another even better reason – pure freedom!
Freedom to decide where and when to stop – freedom to stay an extra night or two in a favourite spot – freedom to take a rest break with everything you need a couple of steps away – freedom to make and change your travelling plans any time you wish.
Cruisin’ Motorhomes rentals gives you all the fun and freedom of the open road. You’ll travel in a top-quality, late-model vehicle, superbly maintained and fully-equipped with every facility to ensure a relaxing and comfortable trip. Our fleet includes late-model Mercedes, Iveco’s, Mazda’s and Toyotas, ranging from comfortable campervans for two people up to six-berth luxury motorhomes.
North, south, east and west – Tasmania’s open roads are waiting. From the sunny beaches of the East Coast to Hobart’s bright, colourful Salamanca Market, from West Coast wilderness to the orchards, vineyards, forests and waterways of the Huon Valley, from Port Arthur’s convict ruins to the alpine scenery of Cradle Mountain, there are sights, surprises and discoveries at every stage of your Tasmanian journey.
Come and discover all the attractions of our island at your own pace, in your own style – with Cruisin’ Tasmania.
Where to go? A few ideas to get you thinking!
The best thing about a Cruisin’ Tasmania holiday is the freedom of not being tied to a daily itinerary. But just to show you the variety and interest of touring Tasmania by campervan, these ideas are designed to give you a taste of your Tasmanian touring options.
- Day 1 Collect your van early at Hobart Airport. Head down the Arthur Highway to Port Arthur and explore the Tasman Peninsula (- or spend a few hours in Hobart’s Salamanca Place before touring into the Huon Valley and the Tahune Airwalk).
- Day 2 Cruise at a leisurely pace along the East Coast – call in to a local vineyard, stop for a cuppa by a secluded beach, head for Coles Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula for the night. In the late afternoon, take a stroll to the spectacular Wineglass Bay lookout.
- Day 3 Continue north to St Helens then follow the North East Trail inland, passing through historic mining villages and pristine rainforests. Pause at Pyengana for a taste of their famous cheese. Call in to Scottsdale’s remarkable Forest EcoCentre then continue through to Launceston.
- Day 4 Spend the day discovering the cultural and heritage attractions of Launceston.
- Day 5 Take a detour on the famous Tamar Valley Wine Route. In the afternoon, drop off your van in Launceston. (Note: Our minimum rental is 7 days if dropping off in Launceston and Devonport.)
- Days 1-3 As FIVE DAYS itinerary.
- Day 4 From Launceston, explore along the picturesque North West Coast, pausing at the seaside centres of Devonport, Ulverstone, Penguin and Burnie. Continue to Smithton and detour to the astonishing Dismal Swamp. Stay the night in the historic fishing port of Stanley.
- Day 5 Return along the North West Coast to Burnie then head inland to Cradle Mountain, on the edge of the World Heritage Area. Settle in for a couple of nights.
- Day 6 Spend the day enjoying a walk in the wilderness – meet the local wildlife, take home some photographic memories of the wild alpine country.
- Day 7 Head back to the coast via Sheffield – wander through the ‘Town of Murals’, where the buildings are works of art. In the afternoon, browse for a bargain in a Latrobe antique shop before dropping off your van in Devonport.
- Days 1-3 As FIVE DAYS itinerary.
- Days 4-6 As SEVEN DAYS itinerary.
- Day 7 Head south from Cradle Mountain to Strahan. Take a pre-booked afternoon trip across Macquarie Harbour with Gordon River Cruises. In the evening, see ‘The Ship That Never Was’, Australia’s longest-running theatrical performance, at the Strahan Wharf Centre.
- Day 8 Start early for the long drive towards Hobart – pause for a break in the World Heritage Area and at Lake St Clair. Continue south to arrive in Hobart late afternoon.
- Day 9 Spend the day in and around Hobart – Salamanca, Mt Wellington, Cascade Brewery, a river cruise – or explore further afield, to Port Arthur or the Huon Valley.
- Day 10 Enjoy more discoveries in and around the city before dropping off your van in Hobart.
What’s the best way to get to Tasmania?
You can pick up and drop off your Cruisin’ Motorhome in Hobart.
Jetstar, Virgin Blue, Tiger Airways and Qantas have regular and frequent flights into Hobart and Launceston from several mainland capitals. QantasLink and Regional Express service Devonport from Melbourne. There are some excellent deals available in a highly competitive market.
The Spirit of Tasmania ferries from Melbourne and Sydney to Devonport also offer accommodation for passengers travelling without vehicles.
Driving Around Tasmania
Driving around Tasmania is a great experience. Here are some basic road rules to follow:
- In Australia we drive on the left hand side of the road.
- All occupants in the vehicle must wear a seat belt.
- Always carry a driver’s license in English language.
- Drive no faster than the speed limit signs.
- Alcohol level in Tasmania is 0.05 for experienced drivers. Provisional drivers and young drivers may not have any alcohol before driving.
- Fatigue causes many crashes in Australia. When driving long distances, stop and rest every 2 hours.
- All traffic must proceed in a clockwise direction in a roundabout. A vehicle already on a roundabout has right of way over any vehicles entering.
- Always overtake to the right. Be sure you can see enough of the road to complete overtaking and move back to your side of the road. Never overtake on corners, blind rises or on double white lines. When overtaking heavy vehicles in wet weather, beware of wind turbulence and wheel spray causing a reduction in visibility. Allow plenty of space behind you when pulling back in after passing a truck. Trucks can’t stop as quickly as cars, especially when carrying heavy loads.
- Australia is lucky to have many native animals living in their natural habitats. Enjoy them, but remember they can be a hazard on country roads.
- Remember that campervans can be double the height and length of sedan vehicles. Keep an eye out for height indicator signs. overhanging tree branches etc.).