About Australia (AU)
The biggest country in the Oceania region, Australia has a breathtaking diversity of landscapes and animal species, as well as sprawling metropolitan cities offering excellent cultural attractions. This “island continent” is made up of mainland Australia and several islands, including Tasmania. Main cities, which are largely concentrated on the coastline, include cosmopolitan Sydney, with its iconic Opera House; trendy and bike-friendly Melbourne; Brisbane, in Queensland; vibrant Perth, in Western Australia; and Adelaide.
Renting a car in Australia is the best way to discover this beautiful country, which offers everything from the sprawling interior Outback region, to the pristine beaches of the Gold Coast. The Great Barrier Reef offers visitors some of the best snorkeling in the world. Catch crocodiles and the remnants of prehistoric indigenous rock art at Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, where you will also find Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Keep in mind that in Australia, you drive on the left side of the road, which can be difficult to get used to if you are coming from a country where it is the reverse. While the conditions of the roads are generally good, in the more rural parts of the country you may encounter unpaved roads. As Australia is such a large and geographically diverse country, you may also encounter several different climates, some subject to occasional severe weather events such as cyclones or even blizzards in the Snowy Mountains region of Victoria and New South Wales.. The northern part of the Western coast, for example, frequently experiences strong thunderstorms.
Choosing your car
Some of the major rental companies in Australia include Hertz, Avis, Budget and Enterprise. Depending on where you are going, you may want to rent a car with a 4x4 transmission, which may come in handy in areas such as the Outback. Travelers looking for an Australian cheap car rental can go for a compact option, which offers the best value for their money.
Business travelers may want to get a sports car or comfortable luxury sedan, such as a BMW, Audi or Mercedes-Benz. A convertible is a classic choice for a coastal drive. Other popular choices for car rentals in Australia include SUVs and 4x4’s, trucks, people movers or 7—12 person mini vans.
Tips and advice
If your journey will take you through sparsely inhabited areas, plan carefully to avoid running out of fuel and other supplies, as towns and service areas may be few and far in between.
Australia has an extensive wildlife population, including koalas, kangaroos and crocodiles. In areas with signs indicating the presence of wildlife, be sure to drive your car rental with caution, especially at night.
You can find up-to-date information on road closures and traffic on the official government sites for each of the six Australian states (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia).
Similarly, you can find the official rules of the road for each state online, although we have outlined some key indicators here on this page. It’s a good idea to glance through these before your trip, especially if you will be going through more than one state.
For optimal peace of mind, consider getting comprehensive insurance for your Australia car rental. There is also the ability to obtain Collision Damage Waiver Excess Waiver insurance from your existing insurer, here on this website, or your car rental supplier. Compare the options, and if not included on your travel insurance you may well find that the cheapest car rental excess waiver insurance can be found on our site.
As you may encounter long distances, book a car hire in Australia that is spacious enough for you and all members of your party. Air conditioning comes standard with most cars for optimal comfort.