Sitting at the confluence of two rivers, Launceston is one of Tasmania’s most revered gems and a great gateway to exploring the northern reaches of the island. With a car hire from Launceston Airport you can start your Tasmanian adventure straight away, Single and multi-day trips will see you take in the best sights of the region, including the stunning Tamar Valley and impressive Cradle Mountain. You can reach Hobart in just two hours, and if you’re lucky enough to have a week or more up your sleeve, then take a stupendous round-Tasmania tour with your rental car from Bargain Car Rentals Launceston Airport.
Just don’t forget to give Launceston a few days of your attention on your return. The beautiful architecture, laid-back charm and stellar dining are certainly deserving of a closer look.
Bargain’s Launceston Airport Range Of Car Rental Services:
Wide and winding roads, awe-inspiring scenery and hassle free driving: Launceston self-drive vacations give you Tasmania at her best. We are proud to offer you a wide range of vehicles to satisfy your needs. Whether there are just two of you, four of you, eight or 12…we have the vehicle that’s just right for you. Get a free quote today and see how competitive our rates are.
Need the best car rental deal from Launceston Airport? If you’ve arrived at Bargain Car Rentals, then you can stop searching. We offer free pick up and drop off at the airport, straight to our depot.
Commercial Vehicles For Hire Launceston Airport
Looking for commercial vehicle hire at Launceston Airport? We’re here to help. With a tough and reliable fleet of commercial vehicle rentals on standby at our airport office, you can hop right off your flight and start working straight away. From trailers and tradie vans to buses, utes and removal trucks, we have a sturdy workhorse to suit your needs. All our Launceston Airport commercial vehicle rentals come at a bargain price so you can boost your bottom line.
Cheap Launceston Airport Campervan Hire
On the hunt for budget campervan hire at Launceston Airport? We’ve got a fleet of decked-out Toyota Hi-Aces waiting for your next adventure. Just hop off your flight and cross the road to our Launceston Airport office to kick off your epic Tasmanian escapades. You won’t find cheaper campervan hire than this—Bargain Car Rentals boasts the best rates in the state.
Our professionally converted mini-motorhomes boast all the comforts of home. From freshwater tanks to on-board electrics and cooking gear to a comfy 2/3-berth convertible bed, these free camp-ready machines will see you road-tripping in style. If you’ve got a penchant for holiday parks, our Launceston campervans also have a 240v system to plug in for unlimited juice.
Give those pricey hotels a miss and savour Tasmania’s awe-inspiring nature on a self-driving campervan tour.
Launceston Airport is situated 15km from the city centre, in the rural area of the Western Junction. Pick up your hire car from Bargain Car Rentals Launceston Airport, and you are free to explore the rugged wilderness of Tasmania. The airport underwent a $20million redevelopment in 2009, doubling the size of the previous Terminal, and bringing it up to date with a number of retail and cafe outlets. (03) 6391 8652
Services: Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the Terminal and public areas.
Free Shuttle Bus Information
We operate a shuttle service to and from the depot, available within business hours and up to 20 minutes prior to closing.
Pick-up from Launceston Location: After collecting your luggage, please call 1300 729 230 to request the shuttle bus service to our near-airport location during the location’s operating hours.
From the Passenger Terminal: Exit the arrivals hall and turn left (left also from Sharp Airlines Terminal), follow the blue line on the ground past the luggage trolleys, make your way to the overhead Car Rental Pickup sign and wait behind the blue line at the end of the main terminal building for the shuttle bus collection.
Drop-off from Launceston Location: Please return the vehicle to our off-site depot located at 190 Evandale Road, Western Junction and we will shuttle you back to the airport terminal, this service does not need to be booked, but is only available within business hours and 20 minutes prior to closing.
Please allow enough time to wait for the shuttle to arrive (approximately 20 min).
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Yes! Bargain Car Rentals has locations in Devonport, Hobart, Hobart Aiport and at Launceston Airport, you can pick up and drop off at any location throughout Tasmania,
Wrapped around the Tamar River, Launceston (or “Lonnie, as the locals say) delights with its eclectic museums, gorgeous gorges, and shimmering waterfront views. Here are the best spots to visit with your hire car in Launceston.
1. Cataract Gorge
Only minutes from the CBD, this spectacular natural canyon sees the South Esk River slice through the rugged landscape like butter. Explore the hilly region via steep hiking trails or hop on the chairlift for lofty, sweat-free views.
2. Penny Royal Adventures
On the fringe of Cataract Gorge, this long-standing colonial-era theme park offers fun for all ages. From ghost tours to zip lining and rock climbing to gold panning, Penny Royal has a plethora of family-friendly adventures.
3. Queen Victoria Museum at Inveresk
One of Tasmania’s best museums, this sizeable government-run facility hosts a solid collection of exhibits on the state’s natural and cultural history. The little ones will love the dinosaur section.
4. National Automobile Museum of Tasmania
Automobile aficionados will adore perusing the polished vintage vehicles in this expansive automotive museum. Cars range from early 20th-century Phaetons to testosterone-injected 70’s muscle cars.
5. City Park
Situated in the CBD, City Park offers a welcome, quiet respite from Launceston’s narrow, noisy streets. Prince’s Square is another pretty central plaza.
6. Tamar Island Wetlands Centre
You don’t have to be an avid bird watcher to appreciate the avian species at the Tamar Valley Wetlands. Roll up around sunset for scenic end-of-day views and big flocks of squawking birdlife.
7. Franklin House
On the south end of town, this 1838 mansion provides insight into the opulent lives of Tasmania’s 19th-century bourgeoisie. Meander the manicured English-style gardens and stop for a cuppa in the oh-so-posh tearoom.
While there’s plenty to keep you busy in the city, Launceston is best known as a base to explore the highlights of northeast Tasmania. Hop in your Bargain Car Rentals ride and give these spots a shot.
1. The Tamar Valley Wine Route
Home to over 30 vineyards, this acclaimed wine-growing region produces the best Pinot Noir and Sparkling Whites in Australia. Cruise between cellar doors on the 180 km Tamar Valley Wine Route to guzzle top-notch plonk straight from the source. Bring a designated driver or watch your BAC.
2. Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
Learn the harrowing story behind Australia’s most famous industrial disaster at the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre. Other worthwhile Tamar Valley towns include Beauty Point, George Town, Low Head, and Exeter.
Straddling the South Esk River, this historic little town oozes old-world charm. Rock up on a Sunday to peruse its lively outdoor market as you admire the town’s endearing colonial-era facades.
4. Woolmer’s Estate
Woolmer’s is a grandiose 19th-century manor house set on a farm with a sprawling rose garden. Self-guided tours around the stately estate provide insight into the lavish lives of Tasmania’s original economic elite.
5. Bridestowe Lavender Estate
An entirely different type of estate, Bridestowe has become a quintessential road-trip stopover for Instagrammers after an envy-inducing photo op. The expansive lavender farm blooms into a vibrant sea of purple during the summer months.
6. Ben Lomond National Park
Tasmanians ascend the terrifying twisted Jacobs Ladder to reach Ben Lomond’s ski fields during winter. In summer, this lofty summit offers superb hiking and mountain biking opportunities.
7. Bay of Fires
Straddling the northeast coast, Bay of Fires is a picturesque beach framed by orange lichen-smothered rocks. Sugary white sands and gin-clear water make it an enticing place to swim in summer.
8. Saint Helens
South of the Bay of Fires lies Saint Helens, a lively seaside town and picturesque base for east coast adventures. If it feels a bit crowded for your liking, nearby Binalong Bay is notoriously chill.
Further down the coast, Bicheno is another popular summer destination for Tasmanians and interstaters seeking fun in the sun. Check out the Bicheno Blowhole to see powerful sea spray jets burst through the rocks.
10. Freycinet National Park
As one of Tasmania’s favourite national parks, this jaw-dropping wonder is awash with pink granite boulders and sparkling turquoise-tinged beaches. Adventurous travellers can scramble up the rugged Mount Amos Track for sweeping views of the state’s prettiest beach, Wineglass Bay.
Like the rest of Tasmania, the best time to visit Launceston is during the warmer, drier summer (December to Februrary) months. Avoid school holidays if possible, as the lengthy summer break sees visitor numbers soar. The March and November shoulder months offer pleasant weather with few fellow travellers.
What is the cheapest time to visit Launceston?
Tasmania’s wet and chilly winters (June to August) lead to lower demand and cheaper hotels and hire cars in Launceston. Just be prepared to rug up and keep outdoor exploration to a minimum.