When to Hire a Car or Campercar in Tasmania

November 13, 2023

Tasmania, the island state of Australia, is a haven of untouched wilderness, pristine beaches, and unique wildlife. To truly experience the diverse terrains and attractions, one needs to hit the road. But should you hire a car or a campercar? Let’s delve in.

What is a Campercar for Hire?

A campercar is a hybrid between a car and a campervan. It offers the convenience of a car and the basic amenities of a campervan. Equipped with sleeping arrangements and often a basic kitchen setup, it’s an ideal choice for those looking for an immersive travel experience without the bulk of a large motorhome.

What is a Car for Hire?

While this might seem straightforward, for our purposes, a car refers to a standard vehicle hire without the amenities to stay overnight. It offers the advantage of easy manoeuvrability, speed, and convenience, especially for day trips or quick getaways. We’ve put together this additional article about When to Choose a Campercar Over a Car For Hire in Tasmania to help you understand the differences.

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Typical Activities to Do in Tasmania

1. Wilderness Adventures

Trek the iconic Overland Track, explore the rainforests of the Tarkine or venture into the depths of the Cradle Mountain.

2. Coastal Explorations

Soak up the sun on the pristine beaches of the Bay of Fires, surf the swells at Bruny Island, or watch penguins at Bicheno.

3. Culinary Delights

Indulge in Tasmania’s fine wines, whiskies, and fresh produce from local markets and eateries.

4. Cultural Immersion

Visit the renowned MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) or take a historic walk through Port Arthur.

Which Vehicle is Right for You?

For Short Trips and City Exploration

Cars, if you’re planning on visiting cities like Hobart or Launceston, or if your trip is limited to a few days, might be your best bet. It’s easier to navigate within city limits and parks. Read about our Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Tasmania and knowing when is the Best Time to Visit Tasmania.

For Extended Trips and Nature Immersion

Campercars, if you’re embarking on a multi-day journey, especially into Tasmania’s natural landscapes, gives you the flexibility to stay overnight at various locations without needing hotel bookings. This will come in handy when Exploring Famous Landmarks in Tasmania and Checking Out our Recommendations for Activity Ideas in Tasmania.

Car Hire and Campercar Hire Solutions Available at LeisureRent

Our Car Hire Solutions

LeisureRent presents a diverse fleet of cars tailored to your Tasmanian adventure needs.

  • For those seeking a sleek and stylish drive, the new MG3 under the Premium Compact Automatic category is a perfect pick.
  • Meanwhile, the Compact SUV offers an automatic MGZS Compact SUV to roam Tasmania’s terrains with ease.
  • For a more rugged experience, choose the renowned X-trail or Korando under the SUV category.
  • And for those travelling in larger groups or families, the spacious 8-seater Kia Carnival is the go-to option.

All vehicles come with the promise of unlimited kilometres, and in uncertain times, LeisureRent ensures peace of mind with their full refund policy in case of travel disruptions due to Covid. If you’ve found a better deal elsewhere, don’t fret! With our PRICE BEAT POLICY, LeisureRent strives to offer the most competitive prices in the market. If you’re are uncertain about the costs associated with hiring a car, we go through this in another article about Why Car Hire in Tasmania can be Expensive.
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Our Campercar Hire Solution

Experience Tasmania with LeisureRent’s CamperCar, blending the convenience of a car and the comforts of a camper.

We only supply 1 model, but this unique vehicle is designed for travellers keen on soaking up all the beauty of Tasmania with the added advantage of camping overnight.

Equipped with essentials, the Campercar features a metho stove for your cooking adventures, a compact drawer fridge to store your refreshments and a dinette that magically transforms into a cosy double bed. And although standing room is limited, the awning provides a lovely extended outdoor space. With the freedom of unlimited kilometres, you can drive to your heart’s content.

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Other Factors to Consider


While car hires might be more affordable for shorter durations, campercars can offer cost savings in the long run by reducing accommodation expenses.

Travel Companions

Travelling with family or a larger group might make campercars more appealing due to the communal aspect.


Tasmania’s weather can be quite unpredictable. While cars are suitable year-round, campercars might be preferable during warmer months.

Making the Choice Between Hiring a Car or Campercar

Whether it’s the open roads of the Tasmanian highlands or the bustling streets of Hobart, choosing between a car or campercar depends on your itinerary, budget, and travel style. Both offer unique advantages, ensuring an unforgettable Tasmanian adventure.

If you would like to seek more information about which vehicle is suitable for you, speak to our friendly team at LeisureRent today.

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