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Car Hire from Burnie Airport

Car Hire from Burnie Airport

The north-western region of Tasmania is famous for its vast wilderness. Visiting national parks, exploring the dramatic coastline and mingling with the locals in towns and villages along the way is made easy when you hire a car from Burnie Airport.

Where to hire a car at Burnie Airport

A number of car hire companies, including Hertz, Avis and Europcar, all operate at Burnie Airport. They provide a meet and greet service, collecting passengers from the arrivals hall and transporting them to the nearest car rental office. When it’s time to return your car you can leave it in the car park opposite the terminal building.

Petrol Stations near Burnie Airport

If you need to refuel your car before returning it there’s a United Petroleum petrol station located just a few minutes’ drive from the airport terminal. You’ll find it on Inglis Street (C240), the main route from the airport to the Bass Highway (A2).

Driving around Burnie Airport

The C240 is the main road leading away from the airport. Both east and west bound it connects to the A2, which travels northwest towards Redpa and southeast along the coast towards Burnie. Southbound, the Bass Highway provides connections to route 1, travelling towards Launceston and the A10 which makes its way meanderingly towards Hobart.

In Tasmania, as in the rest of Australia, drivers drive on the left hand side of the road. Roads are generally well-maintained but if you’re travelling around steep and mountainous areas, roads are winding and sometimes icy so take your time. You should also be aware that at dusk you may come across animals in the road.

There are petrol stations across the island of Tasmania but in more remote areas, these will close after 6pm. Because of this, it’s wise to keep the tank topped up and avoid waiting until the last minute to stop for petrol.

Getting to your destination

When you hire a car from Burnie Airport, Tasmania is your oyster. Here are a few top destinations within easy reach of the airport:


Burnie is an old industrial town which has developed as a creative hub in recent years. At the Makers Workshop, visitors can wander around the art gallery and see local craftspeople at work. The pretty seafront is great for a stroll and for finding some delicious seafood. In the local area, you can also visit a whisky distillery, the Pioneer Village Museum and the surrounding countryside, full of bushwalk trails and waterfalls.

It takes just over 20 minutes to reach Burnie town from Burnie Airport. Drivers should turn right onto the C240 and then pick up the A2 travelling along the coast. There are a number of designated car parks around the town and on-street parking too. Generally parking is chargeable on weekdays and Saturday mornings.

Arthur River

Arthur River acts as a base for exploring some of Tasmania’s most spectacular natural landscapes. It is surrounded by rainforests and sits close to a fast-flowing river, both of which provide a wealth of outdoor activities. Visitors can take a drive through the Tarkine Wilderness Reserve and either take a cruise or kayak around the Pieman River.

It takes just under two hours to reach Arthur River from Burnie Airport. Drivers should turn left onto the C240 and then take the A2 westbound. The town is tiny so it’s impossible to get lost and there’s plenty of easy parking.

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania’s most popular tourist attractions. It sits on the northern side of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. There are some great hiking routes around the park allowing visitors to get a look at incredible grasslands, rainforest and wildlife, including Tasmanian devils and platypus. The area is also home to a Tasmanian devil sanctuary and a luxury spa.

Cradle Mountain is an hour and forty five minutes’ drive from Burnie Airport. Drivers can take the A2 towards Burnie before picking up the B18 road heading south. The Cradle Mountain Rangers Station can be found just inside the national park entrance. There you can get information about the park and the best place to leave your car depending on your chosen itinerary.

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