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Launceston Airport Car Rental Tips

Taking a taxi from Launceston Airport into the city centre take about 20 minutes and cost between $30-$35 one-way. If you're travelling further, then the cost will be even higher. So why not book a rental vehicle instead? Hiring a car gives you the flexibility and freedom to travel at your own pace and can save you money.

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Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Redspot and Thrifty Car Rentals all have desks located in the arrivals level at the baggage claim on the ground floor and their vehicles are parked close to the front entrance, next to the drop off zone.

Other rental operators, such as Enterprise and Bargain Car Rentals, are located close to the airport and will transfer you between the terminal and their depot. Although this isn't as convenient, it is often the cheaper way to rent a car from the airport.

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

To save money, return your rental car with a full tank of petrol. This avoids paying the high price that is charged by rental companies to top up fuel tanks. There are petrol stations close to the airport, including the United Petroleum station on the corner of Evandale Rd & Translink Avenue, Breadalbane. Click here to find petrol stations close to the airport.

The urban street speed limit is 50 kph unless otherwise signposted. The maximum speed limit is 100kph and wearing seatbelts mandatory for drivers and passengers. Roads can be steep, narrow and winding, so take extra care. Also, be aware there are a number of narrow one-way streets in Launceston.

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Launceston Attractions

As one of the oldest cities in Australia, Launceston has a lot to offer. A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring the Launceston and surrounding areas. Below are some of our favourite attractions that we know you will love.  For more ideas, check out the Destination Launceston website.

Hollybank Forest Reserve

Including both exotic and native trees, Hollybank Forest Reserve is an awe-inspiring place to visit, surrounded by the chatter of Australian birdlife and the peace and quiet of an ancient forest glade.

As one of the earliest plantations in the region, Hollybank Forest Reserve also includes European trees, with some originally planted in order to build tennis racquets.

The combination of the European trees and the native trees make the forest grove a stunning place to visit over Autumn but whatever time you visit, you will be inspired by the beauty and tranquillity of the reserve.

If walking through the forest is not your thing, you might enjoy the chance to give zip lining a go. Hollybank Treetops Adventure gives you a bird's-eye view of the forest beneath you and lasts three hours. During the experience, you will learn about the different flora and fauna throughout the forest and enjoy a fun and exciting trip across the forest canopy.

Located 20 minutes drive from Launceston, follow the East Tamar highway and travel towards Georgetown, look for the signs and turn right towards Lilydale then you will be directed to the forest by road signage. This is a perfect day-trip for the whole family. Make sure you bring sun protection and wet-weather gear as well as good walking shoes. Most importantly, bring your camera because there will be a lot of photographic opportunities throughout your trip.

Narawntapu National Park

Narawntapu National Park is renowned as one of the best places in Tasmania to see Wombats in their natural habitat, but there is so much more to this beautiful slice of paradise than that.

The park lies on the north coast and is known as 'Tasmania's Serengeti', thanks to the abundance of Australian wildlife that can be found in the Springlawn area of the park.

Narawntapu is home to a huge variety of marsupials including the eastern grey kangaroo, Bennett's wallabies, Tasmanian pademelons, Tasmanian devils, eastern and spotted-tail quolls, platypus, echidnas, Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, swift parrot and much more.

The area has been inhabited by Aboriginal people for centuries and there are many shell middens and artefacts that can be seen throughout the walking tracks across the park. Whether you choose to stay at the visitor's area of Springlawn, with picnic facilities and toilets, or you decide to go on the 26-kilometre horse riding trail, there is a lot to see and do in this special part of Australia.

As Narawntapu is a 90-minute drive from Launceston, you might like to book accommodation in advance, particularly over the summer region. Alternatively, you can camp at Springlawn, the Horse Yards, Bakers Point and Koybaa.If you choose to camp overnight, you will need to book in advance and make sure that you have camping equipment and enough food and drink to last you for as long as you wish to stay.

Tamar Valley

Whether you love wine or you are indifferent, Tamar Valley is a stunning place to visit. A Tamar Valley wine tour is a great way to see the beautiful views as well as enjoying the delicious wine, such as pinot noir and chardonnay, which comes from this cooler region of Australia.

Running north-west from the city of Launceston to the coast along the Tama River, the Tamar Valley is almost 50 kilometres (30 miles) long. There are more than 30 vineyards throughout the valley and a great array of restaurants and breweries, for those who are not as partial to the varietals.

Tamar Valley is also home to Tamar island wetlands reserve, which is just a ten-minute drive from Launceston and a good place to start on your Tamar Valley trip. The wetlands reserve includes an interpretation centre and boardwalk where you can travel to the island and learn more about the unique wetlands and the wildlife that lives in the area.

As you travel alongside the Tamar River, enjoy the hills, beaches and bush-life that makes this region so fertile and the source for Tasmania's premium quality wine.

Freycinet National Park

While you are visiting this part of Australia, you would be crazy not to visit Freycinet National Park's pink granite peaks, golden beaches and amazing wildlife.

Camp overnight at the campgrounds of Coles Bay, then take a short walk to one of the top-ten beaches in the world, Wineglass Bay, which is an almost perfect curve of white sands with azure water lapping at the shore, one of Tasmania's most photographed spots.

For a longer walk, enjoy the Freycinet Peninsula which takes two days and will give you the chance to really enjoy Cooks Beach and Bryans Beach, which are almost as stunning as Wineglass Bay.

While you are in the area, enjoy snorkelling, kayaking or swimming the clear blue sea and checking out the amazing marine life. Alternatively, you might like to visit wildlife up-close and personal at the Moulting Lagoon wetland sanctuary, which is home to black swans, waterfowl and a variety of Australian and migratory birdlife.

Just a two and a half hour trip from Launceston, along the A3 Tasman Highway, Freycinet National Park is a great place to stay the night, or enjoy a week's holiday at one of the luxury retreats. You might also like to pitch a tent at one of the campsites. Make sure you book ahead of time because accommodation can be hard to find over the summer months.

If you struggle to find somewhere to stay in or near the park, there are also a variety of towns close by including Swanick, Swansea and Bicheno. Make sure you keep your car topped up with petrol on the way and ensure that you bring wet-weather and warm-weather gear as the temperature can be changeable, depending on the time of year that you visit.