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Hobart Airport Car Rental Tips

Hobart Airport is approximately 17 kilometres from Hobart's CBD, so by having a rental car you’ll save yourself a $45 in taxi fare from the airport. It’s an easy 20-minute drive into town – a dual-lane highway takes you straight to the city.

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At Hobart Airport you'll find all the rental car company counters all grouped together in front of the terminal.

Before you go to pick up your vehicle, make sure you have your booking confirmation voucher, a valid driver's license for each of the drivers, a credit card or cash for the bond and suitable ID.

Hobart is reasonably straightforward to navigate. The roads are well maintained and signposted. If you’re visiting during the winter months, it's important to drive with extreme caution in bad weather. Visibility can sometimes be quite poor, and extra care should be taken. 

While Tasmania doesn’t look particularly large on a map, appearances can be deceiving. Carved out of untameable wilderness, the city of Hobart serves as something of an oasis within the wider Tasmania area – which is marked by winding roads, mountainous terrain and rugged bush. This makes estimating drive times tricky, but it’s well worth the effort. Without a rental car, it’s tough to get around given the limited public transport.

It’s recommended that you fill up your rental car's fuel tank before returning it or you’ll be charged a refuelling fee – and they’re almost always pricey. Here's a Google Map showing locations of Hobart petrol stations – the closest option to the airport is BP Hobart Airport, off Holyman Avenue.

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Hobart Attractions

An hour’s flight away from mainland Australia, Hobart is the capital of Tasmania. It’s a picturesque city, with views dominated by towering Mount Wellington, and a city boasting rich colonial history.  It’s a city where you’ll find artisanal produce, bold modern art, chic cafés and restaurants … and beautifully preserved historic buildings, each with their own tale of the past. There’s plenty of stylish shops to pick up souvenirs, an abundance of seafood dishes fresh from the ocean. Hobart is also the gateway to a variety of driving adventures through Tasmania. If you’re brave enough to venture beyond the borders of suburbia, you’ll also see some of the wildest places in Australia. A uniquely attractive place to visit, Tasmania is a beautiful state that many travellers don’t take the time to see.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

A huge number of animals, birds and reptiles call Tasmania home, and at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary they can live peacefully in their natural surroundings – while keen wildlife-watchers observe them at a distance. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 30 minutes north of Hobart, an easy drive via rental car, and the team there are extremely hands-on and passionate about the work they do. With multiple feedings and educational talks throughout the day, there’s loads to learn and plenty to see, so make sure you check out the day’s itinerary when you arrive.

Adults and children alike wil fall in love with Bonorong. It’s much more than a typical animal park, with a keen focus on Australian wildlife, and an outing you simply won’t get at a regular park or zoo. What really sets the sanctuary apart from other wildlife experiences are the uniquely exciting night tours on offer. Pre-bookings are vital, and there’s an additional cost involved, but it’s an experience like no other. Many of Australia’s most fascinating creatures are nocturnal, so these tours offer an unparalelled opportunity to observe them in their natural and most active state. Tasmanian Devils in particular come alive at night – mischevious and playful – and the adorable sugar gliders are always a hit. There’s nothing quite as exciting as glowing eyes and strange noises in the night, and with a dedicated guide to explain what’s going on you’ll be much more knowledgeable about the nation’s favourite creatures by the end of the evening.

Whether you’re coming for a day trip, a night trip, or a bit of both, Bonorong is a trip to remember.

Bruny Island

Voted among the Top 100 Greatest Trips in the World, Bruny Island enables you to get up close and personal with coastal Tasmanian wilderness – on land, underwater, and in the air. Chartered cruises allow you to see playful seals and dolphins, impossibly huge albatrosses, and sometimes even whales. Depending on the time of year they can be quite common, and it’s a truly magnificent sight to see one surface, spray water high in the air and flick their distinctive curved tail as they dive to the depths once more.

As you journey across the surrounding ocean, you’ll quickly notice that the coast looks all but untouched by human activity despite the continuing popularity of the island as a tourist destination. The area is carefully maintained, and it shows everywhere you look. The rocky seashores are just as alive as the sea, and rock formations jut out of the water to create a visually striking backdrop.

For an island, Bruny is big – nearly 100 kilometres long, in fact – meaning that there’s a range of on-shore attractions to keep visitors occupied should their attention stray from the feathered, furred and finned occupants of the island. There’s an art gallery at Dennes Point, an iconic lighthouse, and even a number of accommodation options if you end up keen to extend your stay (you wouldn’t be the first!)

Bruny Island is accessible via vehicle ferry, so taking your rental car is a possibility depending on your car hire insurance agreement. The Bruny Island Ferry departs from Kettering, which is around 40 minutes drive south of Hobart, and the sea journey takes approximately 20 minutes.

Port Arthur Historic Site

Port Arthur serves as one of Australia’s most famous and important historic sites, and it’s also a popular tourist destination for a number of very good reasons. This isn’t your average museum – Port Arthur delivers immersive experiences that really take you into the lives of Australia’s early convict settlers. It’s located approximately 100 kilometres south-east of Hobart, and while there are a number of transport options available it’s hassle-free and great value for money to take a rental car.

The settlement started out back in 1830 as a small timber station but quickly became a vital hub in the industrial and early penal systems of Australia. Convicts were sent from Britain for crimes that seem trivial today, one in five prisoners were women, and there were large numbers of children transported along with their parents. The justice system of the time was utterly without mercy where recidivist offenders were concerned – hence the sad stories of men and women being banished for stealing food. The walls of Port Arthur have seen innumerable examples of human suffering, and the tour guides work hard to paint a vivid picture of the harsh conditions prisoners were routinely subjected to. The Isle of the Dead tour, one of many on offer, centres on the many convicts and prison staff who never returned home and were buried on an island set aside as a cemetery. Life was hard, both for the men and women who laboured as punishment and those who supervised them and kept the settlement running.

It’s unsurprising, given all the troubling history attached to the area, that Port Arthur Historic Site has a reputation as one of the most haunted places in the country. If you’re feeling brave you can take a Ghost Tour of the facility as darkness falls, where black-cloaked tour guides tell true tales of the site’s past, complete with unexplained occurrences and frightening phenomena. There are mysteries aplenty, and there’s a good chance you’ll be just as baffled by the events recounted as the convicts, guards and settlers that passed on the original stories.

Take it all in – then head home with a new appreciation for the little luxuries you enjoy in life today!

Battery Point

Hobart’s oldest suburbs are located in Battery Point, accessible by driving to Salamanca and taking a brief jaunt down the 175-year-old Kelly’s Steps. As you’d expect, the area has a lot of history. The name comes from the battery of guns placed on the southern side of the point to serve as coastal defences in 1818, and there’s also been a penal colony and Royal Navy base there in Australia’s early settler years.

By the 1830s, the area was full of cottages, Georgian styled homes, and sandstone mansions – many of which are still around today. The houses on Arthur’s Circus housed the town officers and harbour garrison, and Kelly’s Steps were developed by James Kelly to connect the upper and lower areas. This allowed those who did the hard and often dirty work of running the port to live in a wholesome, attractive neighbourhood that overlooked it. The area remains affluent, conservative and safe even today – walking around, you’ll really get the feeling that you’ve stepped back in time 100 years.

When you’re ready to come back to reality, there’s a variety of fine dining establishments to choose from to end the day’s touring, as well as some character-filled colonial pubs. Grab a handle of something you like the look of – classic or crafty – and enjoy a new flavour in a very, very old neighbourhood.