Car Hire in Hobart
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Hobart is a breath-taking city, and the surrounding areas are well worth at least a day trip as well. In travelling by car, you'll be able to find hidden treasures all around Tasmania that you otherwise might not be able to stumble upon. Allow yourself to have an amazing holiday experience by booking yourself a rental car as early as possible.
Where to hire a car in Hobart
Quite a few car rental companies are available at Hobart. This includes Avis Hobart Car and Truck Rental at 2/4 Market PI, Europcar Hobart - Car & Van Hire at 112 Harrington Street, LO-Cost auto rent at 30 Corporate Boulevard, Bargain Car Rentals at 173 Harrington Street, AAA Car Rentals at 73 Warwick Street, Rentforles Car Rental at 92 Harrington Street, and Rent Me a Car at 159 Bathurst Street. Of course, there are major car rental agencies based at Hobart Airport as well.
What to expect when hiring a car from Hobart
By far, the most convenient way to get around Hobart is by having a private vehicle. As a visitor, the next best thing (or perhaps even better) is renting a car. The Davey/Macquarie one-way couple (meaning both are major one way streets) stretch east-west along the southern fringe of Hobart's city centre. It connects the city's three major highways: the Tasman Highway, the Southern Outlet, and the Brooker Highway.
The highways are supported by high-capacity urban roads, namely Goodwood, Sandy Bay, Main Roads, East Derwent, and South Arm Highways. As much as possible, try to avoid using a car around the Salamanca area on Saturdays because of the Salamanca Market, a major Saturday morning attraction. As for parking, the Hobart City Council enforces parking restrictions in order to provide fair parking opportunities for all. A range of car parks are available, all to provide parking space within reasonable walking distance from the major destinations in the centre.
Getting to your destination
Mt Field National Park
Mt Field National Park is the most accessible national park in Tasmania, only about a 90-minute drive from Hobart. The park boasts a diverse glacial landscape, and the rocks you'll be walking on are at least 170 million years old. There is a visitor centre that has interpretation displays, a shop, and a bistro, and if you're interested in staying for the night or at least for a while there are picnic and camping facilities. Mt Field National Park also contains Russell Falls, the most famous series of waterfalls in Tasmania. To get to the alpine area, you will have to take Lake Dobson Road; it climbs for 16 km through a succession of forest types. You will arrive at Lake Dobson and its walking tracks.
Freycinet National Park
Freycinet National Park, on the East Coast of Tasmania, features granite mountains, azure bays, and white sand beaches. One of its best-known attractions is Wineglass Bay, deemed by several travel magazines to be among the top 10 beaches in the world. However, getting to Wineglass Bay is not as easy as simply driving up to it.
You can either get in by boat, or leave your vehicle at the car park over the hills and take the three-hour hike to the bay. Another option is the Wineglass Bay Lookout, from which you can view the bay for half the journey.
Within easy reach by car is Port Arthur, a small town in the Tasman Peninsula. It is best known as a former convict settlement, and contains the Port Arthur Historic Site. Port Arthur is an open-air museum and one of the most significant heritage areas in Australia. It is one of the 11 remnant penal sites built within the British Empire (18th-19th century) collectively called the Australian Convict Site. Port Arthur is approximately 100 km southeast of Hobart. The site is large, so if you're planning on going on a day trip there you should set at least 4-6 hours in Port Arthur if you're going by car.
Many of the roads in the route are narrow country roads, in reasonable condition. From Hobart, take the Tasman Highway past Hobart Airport to Sorrell. From there, take Arthur Highway and follow 'Port Arthur' signposts.