About Launceston Airport (LST)
Address: Terminal Building Launceston Airport, Launceston, 7212, Tas, Tas
Getting around Tasmania is best experienced with the independence and flexibility of a car. Booking an airport car rental from Launceston Airport (LST) is quick and painless, with a number of major car rental companies adjacent to baggage claim in the arrivals area. (LST) is located rural Western Junction, 15 km (9 mi) south Central Launceston.
Launceston is the gateway to Tasmania’s northern coast, and home to Tasmania Zoo. Outside of the city, a buffet of natural attractions awaits — over 45 percent of Tasmania is designated national parks. Navigating Launceston is practically a snap, with free-flowing traffic and generous parking options.
Driving in Tasmania is generally straightforward in terms of typical Australian navigation. All roads are generally well marked for destinations, and it’s possible to travel throughout Tasmania with only a good map. However, travel times may exceed your expectations, particularly on coastal highways, where the speed limit may only be up to 90km/h. Many major roads snake their way through narrow mountain passes and winding coastlines, where overtaking is a common and somewhat nerve-wracking experience for visitors. If you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror, it’s probably best to pull over to the side and let the impatient motorist pass.
Choosing your car
When choosing your car, often times there is more to consider than price. It’s also important to rent a car from a company with a sterling reputation, such as Avis, Hertz and Enterprise. Meanwhile, it’s important to select a car to match your needs. The Mitsubishi Mirage offers great mobility and fuel efficiency in a compact package that’s perfect for couples. The Mitsubishi ASA is one of the most popular SUVs in Tasmania, with comfort, safety and performance on four-wheel drive — ideal for mountain roads. The Toyota Hiace offers all the space of similar 7-9 seater minivan.
Tips and advice
GPS will prove beneficial when driving the highways, but keep in mind that digital maps are infrequently updated, leading to a maze of paths in the wilderness. It would be wise to pick up a traditional map from the information kiosk at (LST).
Launceston has four distinct seasons with prevalent oceanic conditions. Many large hills and mountains that form the Tamar Valley surround the city. Given the topography, Launceston's weather can change in the blink of an eye.
Tasmania is famous for windy conditions, particularly near the coast.
Always have your driver’s license and rental agreement in the car.
Europcar and Budget Rent-a-Car are among (LST) airport car rental companies that frequently have special car hire offers — they’ll throw in free GPS or a bike rack at no extra cost.
Check with your airport car rental provider to make sure you’re covered if your car is damaged on the Bruny Island Ferry, and especially in case of animal damage incurred in rural areas, where wildlife activity reaches its peak at night.