Hobart airport, 17km from the city centre, receives flights from all major Australian cities. You have the choice of picking up your rental car at the airport or in the city centre. If you pick up your car at the airport, rental agencies have desks conveniently located in the arrivals area. It's very easy to get around Hobart and Tasmania as roads are safe, well marked, and traffic is relatively light. Parking is quite straightforward in Hobart, as there are lots of off-street spaces and multi-storey car parks in the city centre. If you're staying in one of the central Hobart hotels located in the CBD or Salamanca areas, don't forget to get a tourist map showing the location of multi-storey car parks. If you're staying in Sandy Bay or North Hobart, a little further away from the centre, off-road parking spaces are much more plentiful.
Hobart offers its own unique combination of both wild nature and a vibrant urban scene within its boundaries. If you rent a car in Hobart, you can drive to the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), the city’s artistic highlight, located 10km from the city centre. For a glimpse of Australian colonial architecture, head to Salamanca Place, with its historic sandstone warehouse buildiings. After a day of sightseeing, spend your evening in North Hobart, a bohemian neighbourhood full of bars, or get a ticket for the Theatre Royal. When it comes to exploring Hobart’s wild surroundings, there are two not-to-be-missed destinations: Mount Wellington and Bruny Island. Mount Wellington is famous for its waterfalls, mountain biking and hiking trails, and terrific views. Bruny Island is synonymous with great beaches and penguins. To get there, drive to the ferry terminal in Kettering and get on one of the car and passenger ferries.
Tasmania is a nature lovers’ paradise. It has alpine ranges, beautiful beaches, unique animal species, and diverse sea life. If you rent a car in Hobart, you'll be able to explore Tasmania’s natural wonders at your own pace. You can drive to Port Arthur and get a flight tour of the sea cliffs, to Mount Field to see some of the tallest trees on earth, and to the Huon Valley's dolomite caves. If you're curious about the animal species unique to Tasmania, drive to the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, where Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, quolls, and wattlebirds live in an unconfined natural habitat. Tasmanian gastronomy is also influenced by the island’s natural environment. The low urbanisation levels, clean air, and fertile soil result in high-quality organic products. During your road trips, stop by a farm where you can buy local fruit and vegetables.
If you rent a car in Hobart, be aware about Tasmania’s most important driving regulations. First of all, Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road. The speed limits are 50km/h in urban areas and 100km/h outside city centres. The legal age for driving in Hobart and Australia is 16, but car rental companies might have different minimum age requirements. If you drive with a blood alcohol level over 0.05% you risk heavy penalties if stopped by the police. There are no toll roads in Tasmania. The vast majority of roads are in great condition. Road signs are very easy to follow, and you'll be able to reach most destinations with the help of a map. With very low levels of traffic and plenty of parking spaces, Hobart is the perfect city for a car rental holiday.