Car hire Gladstone


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Go coastal with a car hire from Gladstone Airport 

Pick up a car hire in Gladstone and explore this idyllic location, known as the gateway to Australia’s Southern Great Barrier Reef. Home to countless species of bright tropical fish, turtles and manta rays, this stunning location offers an underwater wonderland amongst azure blues and vibrant greens. On solid ground, the Gladstone region provides generous access to multiple national parks and nature reserves. The easiest way to GoSee it all is with a Gladstone car hire, so secure a deal today and get planning.

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Picking up a car rental at Gladstone Airport

Gladstone-Clinton National Airport accommodates passenger flights from Brisbane, as well as some charter flights. Upon landing, you’ll find a small terminal offering standard traveller services. Light refreshments are available and you can access free WiFi throughout. For a hot meal and retail services, you’ll need to head about six kilometres into town. Car rental desks are located in the main foyer, with Avis, Budget, Hertz-Thrifty, and Sixt all represented. 

Top tips for rental cars Gladstone Airport 

  • Ute hire Gladstone is available but stock is limited—book well in advance if this is your choice of rental.  
  • 4WD hire Gladstone is a good option for off-the-beaten-track styles of trips. Just ensure you know the associated rules from your rental provider, as there are limits to how off-road your car hire can reasonably go. 
  • If you are travelling here for a formal occasion, you may wish to request a luxury vehicle hire well in advance. 
  • Not sure what car hire you need for your trip in Gladstone? Visit our customer reviews for some helpful guidance from fellow travellers..

Finding your way around with a car hire in Gladstone 

An aerial view of the coastline in Gladstone where cars and a cruise ship are parked. Keep these driving tips in mind when you pick up your rental car in Gladstone.

  • To get to Gladstone from the airport, take Aerodome Rd to Dawson Highway/State Route 60 and follow it all the way to the township. The drive should take about 10 minutes. 
  • Before setting out in your Gladstone hire car, check the Region Watch website for weather warnings and road conditions. Heavy rain can occasionally wreak havoc on the roads in this area.  
  • Animals tend to be the most active at dusk and dawn and can be a road hazard, so try to avoid driving your rental car in rural areas at these times.
  • Finding a parking spot is pretty straightforward in Gladstone. Just pay attention to signs and abide by time limits. There's a lot of free parking, even around busy places like Tondoon Botanic Gardens, Barneys Beach, and Auckland Hill Lookout. These attractions have dedicated parking areas, while the suburban parts of the city offer on-street parking.
  • A speed limit of 50 km/h applies in suburban streets and most of those in industrial areas. Areas of high pedestrian traffic and school zones are 40 km/h. Roads that connect suburbs and other parts of the city have a limit of 60 km/h. Always look out for speed signs when driving your car hire in Gladstone.

Hire Car Gladstone: Things to see and do  

Lookout Points

gladstone harbour road boatsDrive your Gladstone rental car up to the lookout points of Auckland Hill or Round Hill to orient yourself among the stunning islands, pristine harbour, and gorgeous marine parklands of this one-of-a-kind region.  

National Parks

In addition to the fabulous wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, there are also plenty of dry options for energetic travellers—but for some of them, you’ll need a 4WD hire car. Going off-road is required to explore the gorges, creeks, and waterfalls of Kroombit Tops, as well as the rugged peaks and subtropical rainforests of Bilburin.

Coastal road trip

A drive along the Gladstone Coast will bring you to some of the most beautiful beach communities in Australia. Agnes water and the Town of 1770 are worth your time! 

Water activities

Whether it’s fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving or otherwise, water lovers have a marine paradise to explore in Gladstone. Get on with a local car rental Gladstone tour to see the best of the best. 

Celebrate like locals

Plan your Gladstone holiday rentals during these popular festivities: The Gladstone Harbour Festival at Easter, January's SUNfest or the Ecofest on the first Sunday of June.

More Australia destinations

Learn and be immersed in everything Australia offers when you visit other wonderful destinations like Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, or Hobart. Come, GoSee!

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Car hire Gladstone Airport: Frequently asked questions

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How much does it cost to hire a car in Gladstone? 

Gladstone car hire prices vary based on the availability of the vehicle, car types, and the pick up/drop off dates. Booking with GoSee is so simple, secure and convenient. It is best to use our booking widget to search and pick offers specific to your preferences then choose the best car hire deals. Visit our website and get a more accurate rental estimate. No booking fees and no applicable cancellation fees on most rental cars!

Which car hire agencies are at the airport: Gladstone Airport (GLT)? 

Gladstone car hire companies that have desks inside the terminal are Avis, Hertz, SIXT, Thrifty, and Budget.

What is the highest-rated rental car in Gladstone? 

According to our customer’s reviews and ratings, the most booked Gladstone car hire vehicle type is Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar). 

Who is the highest-rated car hire supplier in Gladstone? 

Based on ratings and reviews from our customers, the highest-rated car hire Gladstone QLD company is Thrifty Car Rental.

Can I pick up a car hire in Gladstone and drop it off at another location? 

Yes, you may pick up a car rental Gladstone Airport and drop it off at another location in Australia. You can drop off your hire cars in Rockhampton, Mackay, or Sunshine Coast. Alternatively, you may also drop off your rental car in Maroochydore, or maybe in Gold Coast. Just make sure to visit our website and see available pick up locations and drop off points. Do note that one-way hire cars can incur additional charges.

Which car hire companies in Gladstone have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of coronavirus (COVID-19)? 

Most of the Gladstone car rental companies have updated their rules on health and safety during this Covid-19 pandemic. For added confidence, refine search and filter the search results by ‘Enhanced cleaning’ to ensure an extra level of disinfection.

How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Gladstone? 

The most affordable option for your car rental Gladstone will change depending on the time of year, rental duration, and availability. But you can compare current Intermediate vehicle rates across multiple brands right now using our search tool.  You may also input your discount code quantity (if there is any) when having your vehicle rental paid online at GoSee so you can save more.

How do I find the best car hire deals at Gladstone Airport?

With GoSee, you can skip those hard stages of shopping around and manual comparisons of every car hire deal. Our website allows you to compare the different offers and additional services from different suppliers all in one place so you can get the perfect Gladstone Airport car hire. Also, our global buying power gives us some of the lowest prices on the web, with no hidden charges and no booking fees. Enter your pick-up and drop-off dates, then take your pick of the various car types/models and the best car rentals on offer. We do provide customers with all kinds of rental vehicle deals and specials, so keep an eye out for these in search results.

What is the minimum rental period?

Different car rentals Gladstone QLD companies have a varying minimum length of days for hiring vehicles. This means even if you rent a car for a day, you will still have to pay for the minimum rental time. It would be best to check with the car rental companies and the listing itself before you complete your booking.

What type of car is recommended for driving in Gladstone?

Gladstone car hire suppliers offer a wide variety of vehicles to choose from. Hire a car from this affordable range of vehicles - Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar), Compact (Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar), SUV (Mitsubishi Outlander or similar), Intermediate (Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar), or Large (Toyota Camry Sedan or similar). You may also prefer to get premium/luxury SUV cars (Holden SV6 or similar) and People Mover/Vans (Hyundai iMax / Kia Carnival or similar). Whatever vehicle type you chose, GoSee provides the best car hire deals from your favourite brands.