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Car Hire Launceston, TAS

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Rent a car in Launceston

Launceston, located in the heart of Tasmania, offers sweeping farmlands, historic towns and a spectacular wine country waiting to be discovered. With the freedom of car hire in Launceston, you can explore this enchanting region at your own pace, uncovering hidden gems and creating unforgettable memories along the way.

Discover the convenience of car hire in Launceston on Turo. Whether you're planning a short weekend escape or a long-term exploration of Tasmania, our straightforward booking process ensures you can hit the road quickly.

Launceston car hire: How it works

Turo's local Launceston hosts offer a wide range of rides, including compact cars for city exploration and spacious SUVs for family adventures. Expect competitive pricing, transparent fees, and the flexibility to cater to any length of time, making it easy to get the right vehicle for your itinerary. Plus, enhance your Launceston experience with handy add-ons like a GPS, child seats, or camping gear. On Turo, your journey in Launceston is entirely customisable to your preferences, ensuring you can explore Tasmania on your terms.

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Find your car: 

Enter a date and location in Launceston (or beyond) and browse thousands of cars shared by local hosts. 

Book with Turo: 

Book on the Turo app or online, choose a protection plan, and say hi to your host! Cancel for free up to 24 hours before your trip, and get discounts if you book early or for a longer duration!

Hit the roads of Tasmania:

Have the car delivered or pick it up from your host. Check in with the app, grab the keys, and hit the roads of Launceston!

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Things to do and places to see in Launceston, TAS

Launceston offers a vibrant array of experiences for visitors. Whether you're a food enthusiast, nature lover, or history buff, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Indulge in a culinary adventure at renowned eateries like Kosaten restaurant, Apricus Launceston, Hogs Breath Cafe, and San Churro. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the scenic beauty of the Tamar Valley and the serene Tamar Island Wetlands Reserve.

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A photo of the river boardwalk in Launceston, Tasmania during sunset. A popular Launceston car rental destination and pickup location.

Launceston Museums and Galleries

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) is the perfect place to immerse yourself in art and history at this renowned museum, which houses a diverse collection of artworks and historical artifacts. Step back in time as you explore the beautifully preserved Franklin House, a historic mansion that glimpses into Launceston's past. Discover contemporary design and craftsmanship at Design Tasmania, featuring innovative exhibitions and a showcase of local artisans' work.

Cataract Gorge Reserve (Launceston Cataract Gorge)

Experience urban wilderness just a short stroll from Launceston's city centre at Cataract Gorge Reserve. This five-kilometre stretch of forested river reserve features a dramatic gorge with a natural history dating back millions of years. Key attractions include Kings Bridge, constructed in 1867, and the world's longest single-span chairlift, extending 308 meters. Enjoy a leisurely ride on the chairlift, with frequent departures from 9 a.m. and varying evening closure times depending on the season. Access to the gorge is also available via a free inclinator, ensuring everyone can explore this breathtaking natural wonder.

Launceston Markets (Harvest Market Launceston)

Saturdays come alive at the Harvest Market Launceston from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm. Delight in the vibrant atmosphere as you shop for fresh produce, including fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, artisanal bread, pastries, and dairy products. Indulge in handcrafted beverages like beer, mead, cider, and spirits, and explore a wide range of local delicacies, including honey, nuts, grains, pickles, preserves, cured meats, sausage, salumi, and even flowers and edible plants.

Why hire a car on Turo?

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More bang for your buck

Find deals on all kinds of drives in Launceston and throughout Australia - from the everyday to the extraordinary - complete with a better, more convenient experience versus rental car companies. Find the perfect vehicle for your budget.

Free cancellation

Cancel for a full refund up to 24 hours before your Launceston trip starts. Because life happens and it helps to be flexible when it does.

Convenient delivery options, wherever you are in Launceston

Get your car delivered right to you or wherever you’re going. Many hosts offer delivery to custom locations or popular points of interest in Launceston, like airports, train stations, and hotels.

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Top tips for hiring a car in Launceston, TAS


Road rules and driving conditions in Launceston and Tasmania

When driving in Launceston and throughout Tasmania, remember that you drive on the left side of the road. Speed limits are strictly enforced, and the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is 0.05.

It's also important to watch for wildlife, as animals may occasionally cross the road, especially in rural areas.

Launceston's climate features wet and icy winter months, making summer (December to February) the best time to visit for the most favourable road conditions. If you plan to drive during winter, ensure you have essential road safety equipment (why not add on snow chains from your Turo host?).

Another tip for driving around Launceston and other Tasmanian cities is to watch for the one-way roads.

Launceston's rush hour and busiest roads

Launceston doesn't see much action in terms of rush hour, but you can expect the highways coming in and out of the city to be busier during school holidays and the warmer months as there is an influx of travellers at this time. Fortunately, Launceston's grid-like layout makes navigation straightforward.

Drive times from Launceston to popular destinations

Launceston is a wonderful gateway to other popular destinations across Tasmania, including:

- Queenstown is just a three-and-a-half-hour drive. Here, you can visit this historic mining town surrounded by rugged wilderness.

- Explore the stunning coastal town of Strahan and the nearby Gordon River, just a four-hour drive from Launceston.

- Discover the rich mining history of Zeehan and its fascinating museums, a three-hour drive from Launceston.

- The two-and-a-half-hour drive will take you on a scenic journey of Rosebery and its nearby outdoor attractions.

- Tullah is approximately a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Launceston. Here, you can enjoy the tranquillity of the town's picturesque lakeside setting.

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