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A car rental in Australia is a ticket to the Land Down Under
Australia, both a country and a continent, is a vast land of contrast, culture, sun, style, and incredible creatures—including the friendly locals. This ancient landmass is home to some of the oldest populations of humans on the planet; an amazing heritage. It is fringed by beautiful beaches, has at its centre vast expanses of red-tinged desert landscapes, and boasts some spectacular ancient sections of lush rainforest.
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Compare Australia car hire options and hit the road
Car rentals in Australia are widely available and include a vast array of options and price points: compact cars, larger sedans, SUVs, luxury models, people-movers, even hybrid and electric options. There are Australian car hire rental partners to suit every need—and GoSee’s simple-to-use search engine makes it easy for travellers to find the right vehicle.
To see and compare Australia car rentals, just enter your desired location, dates, and times for pick-up and drop-off, age, and country of origin into the correct fields and hit the search button. The comprehensive search listings will show all the necessary details right there on the results page, making it easy to compare the possibilities and find the one you want.
You can also narrow down the search significantly with an array of filters, allowing you to select for features such as price, depot type, car type, transmission, number of people the car can hold, and more.
Where to rent a car in Australia: popular locations
In a nation as vast as Australia, there are options to suit all kinds of travellers. Here is a rundown of some major cities and the regions they provide access to—so you can decide where you’d like your adventure to take place.
Worldly and wonderfully scenic Sydney is the biggest city in Australia and the gateway to New South Wales. A car rental from Sydney Airport or one of the many depots in the city makes it easy for travellers to discover the iconic urban delights including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, the sprawling suburbs, and beyond. Within a day’s drive of Sydney you’ll find the beautiful Blue Mountains region, a string of friendly coastal towns, celebrated wine regions, national parks, outback scenery, and even ski resorts.
This trendy, stylish, and sports-mad city is a fantastic spot for a city break and an even better starting point for an epic road trip in the state of Victoria. Enjoy the laneways and the galleries then head out of the city to drive the famous Great Ocean Road, explore the Victorian Goldfields heritage region, or visit the many beautiful state and national parks of this temperate and tantalising part of the country. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport.
A bold and bustling subtropical city, Brisbane gives travellers access to fabulous Queensland. If you like white sand beaches and palm trees, this is the state for you. A car hire from Brisbane (or car hire from Cairns if you’d prefer to start farther north) can also be the start of an Outback adventure.
This far-west city is isolated from all other major centres of civilisation—a unique standout metropolis. The relaxed and globally-connected city has a lot to offer, and any traveller with a car hire will find fabulous destinations across the state of Western Australia. The Margaret River region and delights of the south coast from Albany to Esperance are spectacular. Head north to enjoy increasingly tropical beaches, encounters with marine mammals, and camel safaris on the beach at Broome. Inland, the Golden Outback awaits.
The capital of South Australia is stately and well-ordered but far from boring. With a car rental from Adelaide you can enjoy the galleries, parklands, and beach suburbs of the city then hit the highways and explore a state that often flies under the tourism radar. Discover surf beaches, vast lakes, stunning parks and bushland, wine regions, the quirky Outback town of Coober Pedy, and more.
Top tips for driving in Australia
Stay safe on the Aussie roads with our driving tips! If you’re new to driving in the country, here’s what you need to know before you pick up your Australian car hire and hit the road.
- Everyone in Australia drives on the left-hand side of the road. This means that the vast majority of vehicles are set up with the driver on the right-hand side. If you are unused to this arrangement, we suggest taking some time to become accustomed before driving on busy or high-speed roads.
- All distances are posted in kilometres, and speeds in kilometres per hour.
- Australia is made up of eight states/territories, and each has slightly different road rules. Do some research on the rules for the specific state you are visiting.
- The Outback regions are vast and spots of civilisation are few and far between. If you are heading into central Australia, ensure your vehicle is stocked with food, water, and a method of communication. Fuel up when you have the chance, as you may not come across another petrol station for a long time. Distances on the map can be deceptive.
Popular road trips in Australia
The sheer size of the country means that there are almost limitless options for those renting a car and Australia with the intention of embarking on an unforgettable road trip. That said, we have narrowed down the possibilities to just a few ideas for inspiration.
Great Ocean Road: 1-2 days
This famous route near Melbourne takes you past some stunning coastlines including iconic rock formations such as the Twelve Apostles and the rainforests of Great Otway National Park. Although the route only takes around2.5 hours to drive, we suggest splitting it over two days to fully enjoy the epic scenery.
Sydney to Brisbane: 2-4 days
Spread this thousand-kilometre journey over several days to enjoy all that there is to see along the way. If you like beaches and beach towns, this is the road trip for you! Highlights include the Hunter Valley region (worth the detour) and iconic coastal resorts like Byron Bay and Ballina.
Stuart Highway (Darwin to Adelaide): 1-2 weeks
This is an epic and memorable journey, a trip through the otherworldly landscapes and unique vistas of Australia’s “Red Centre”. The main point of interest along the way is Alice Springs, but you’ll discover friendly towns, rivers, gorges, stunning sunsets, and an array of climates. Make the detour to see the famous Uluru rock formation.
Perth to Broome: 4-6 days
Stick to the stunning Indian Ocean Coast to enjoy the amazing sights of this road trip. Highlights include the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park, the natural archway called Nature’s Window in Kalbarri National Park, the dolphins at Monkey Mia, the wetlands and vast stretches of sand at 80 Mile Beach, and of course the fantastic cities at either end.
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There is plenty of variation in rates for rental cars across Australia, and the price will depend on a variety of factors: rental supplier, type of vehicle, location, and time of year. To give a general idea, the cost for a car hire can range from AUD$30-40 per day to more than AUD$400 per day.
To find the Australian rental car that fits your budget and your needs, enter your details into the simple GoSee search engine. You can use a slider to filter the results for your price range, and also arrange them by “lowest price first”, “highest price first”, and “recommended”.
Some rental providers in Australia rent to those aged 18 and above, although most have a minimum age of 21. Some will add a surcharge for renters under the age of 25.
You will need a full driving licence from your country of origin—this can be used for up to three months before you would need an Australian licence. If your licence is written in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by an accredited translation or International Drivers Permit.
Most rental companies in Australia have made changes to reduce any COVID-related risk. You can spot these in the search listings: features such as “Enhanced Cleaning” and “Contactless Pick Up”.
This will vary depending on the supplier. Many have no minimum rental period.
Yes, most rental companies will allow you to add an additional driver. There may be a fee for this.
You can rent a car in Australia with either manual or automatic transmission, although the majority of rentals are automatic. There is an option to filter your GoSee search results according to type of transmission.
Each traveller has different needs! However, a compact car or mid-sized sedan is probably the most popular Australian car hire option.
Each state and region of Australia has unique things to offer visitors. Scroll up a bit to see a list of some of the major centres and what you can explore with a rental car from each one.
Default and maximum speed limits are set by each state, so these may change. However, in most places the default speed limit for built-up or urban/suburban areas is 50 kph and the default speed limit for highways and open roads is 100 kph (some states allow up to 130 kph on specific roads). For the most accurate information, always check the posted speed limit signs.