Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart, is typically considered the gateway both to Southern Tasmania and to Antarctica, but the city is also well worth exploring in itself. Make the most of your visit to Hobart and its gorgeous surroundings by planning for a bit of diversity in your trip: take a day or two to explore the city fully, and then hit the road. Book your rental car today.
Summers, from December to March, are fairly cool in Hobart, hovering around or just below room temperature. Winters are also mild and rarely freeze. There is no particular rainy season in Hobart, as rain falls fairly consistently year-round.
The de facto official language of Australia is English, which is also the language spoken by the majority of Hobart’s residents. Between two and twelve Aboriginal languages were spoken in Tasmania (or Iutruwita) until the end of the nineteenth century. Today, they are being revived as the composite, constructed language Palawa kani.
Hobart is in the Australian Eastern Standard Time Zone, UTC+10, or UTC+11 during Daylight Savings Time, from October through March.
The currency is the Australian dollar and credit cards are widely accepted throughout the country. Many visitors will be surprised by the high price of groceries and other day-to-day goods.
Car hire is available in 2 locations throughout Hobart: Hobart International Airport (HBA) and downtown.
There is a lot to see in and around Hobart. For some truly spectacular ocean-side landscapes and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, head north to Freycinet National Park, about 170 km from Hobart. A drive inland to Mount Field National Park, about 80 kilometers northwest of Hobart, is also well worth your time.
All visitors to Australia require a visa to enter the country, except those coming from New Zealand. Depending on your country of citizenship, you can apply for these visas online for a fee of $20 to $130; be sure to only visit government websites for these applications in order to avoid surcharges and other fees. Some nationalities will have to apply for a visa via a paper application at an Australian embassy. Double check regulations for your nationality before you confirm your travel plans.
While you won’t need a car to explore downtown Hobart, you will certainly want the convenience and mobility offered by car hire for explorations of the city’s neighborhoods and beyond. Make the most of your visit to Southern Tasmania by planning many road trips.
Car hire in Hobart typically starts at around $15 a day. Here are some of the best deals in Hobart:
Note that prices vary depending on the availability of each specific car and the season in which you rent. For the most accurate offers, use the search bar above.
While there is no seasonal variation in price for rental cars in Hobart, you will want to book your car 2 to 7 months in advance of your arrival in order to secure the best deals. By far the cheapest rental cars in Hobart are offered by Bargain Car Rentals, which has an agency both downtown and at the airport. While Thrifty can also offer rental cars under $30 a day, Bargain Car Rentals’ prices are typically cheaper by at least $15 a day!
There is no rule to whether you save money by extending your rental period in Hobart. You may find that the best way to save money is to only rent on the days you need a car, rather than booking your car for the entire length of your stay in Tasmania.
Keep an eye out for discounts of up to 23% that make car hire in Hobart even cheaper!