If you’re planning on travelling to Tasmania, something to consider is the extreme rental car shortages the state is currently experiencing. With domestic tourism our only choice due to the obvious constraints of current times, the Tasmanian rental car market is struggling to meet demand.
This is having the knock-on effect of higher rental prices, essentially negating the advantages of the relatively cheap flights currently available.
Rental company Thrifty is experiencing issues after reducing its fleet last year due to COVID-19 only to find domestic tourism returning faster than expected.
While it is hoped the shortage will not stretch beyond the next couple months, as demand balances out and new fleets arrive, it is an interesting sign of the times. The rise of domestic tourism, coupled with previous cutbacks and ongoing uncertainty, may lead to unforeseen travel complications across unexpected industries.
For other ways to get around Tasmania, look into coach travel or private driver hire, or take your own car on The Spirit of Tasmania. Alternatively, explore the state as part of a tour. Otherwise, your best hope is to get in early and budget for higher than usual rental prices.
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