Australia is a country and continent best explored by rental car. With some of the world’s most unique landscapes - from the Red Centre to numerous UNESCO World Heritage rain forests and phenomenal coral reefs off the east and west coasts - you won’t want to miss a thing. Even better, the highway connections between these sites are well maintained and easy to navigate. Book your rental car today to make the most of your visit to the diverse and gorgeous Down Under.
The best time to visit Australia depends on the region in which you’re planning on spending most of your time. Avoid northern and central Australia in the heat of summer months December and January by visiting in the transitional seasons from April to June and October or November. The coastal tropics are best visited from April to November, and December to March is the prime time to visit southern Australia, the only region of the continent that truly experiences four seasons.
English is the de facto official language of Australia, though up to 20 indigenous languages are still spoken daily across the country.
There are four time zones in Australia, varying by two hours from west (UTC+8) to east (UTC+10). Australia’s middle states are off-set by 1.5 hours (UTC+9:30) from the west coast and 30 minutes from the east coast.
The currency is the Australian dollar and credit cards are widely accepted throughout the country. Many visitors will be surprised by the high price of groceries and other day-to-day goods.
Cheap car hire in Australia is available in virtually every town or city, but the most popular cities in which to pick up your rental car are:
All visitors to Australia except those coming from New Zealand require a visa to enter the country. Depending on your country of citizenship, you can apply for these visas online for a fee of $20 to $130; be sure to visit only government websites for these applications in order to avoid surcharges and other fees. Some nationalities will have to apply for a visa via a paper application at an Australian embassy. Double check regulations for your nationality before you solidify your travel plans.
Driving in Australia
Driving is truly the most convenient, comfortable, and spontaneous way to explore Australia. Highways between cities are typically very well maintained, even when pavement gives way to long stretches of gravel roads in central and northwestern Australia.
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Car hire in Australia typically starts at around $21 a day, with lower prices available during the off-season, particularly if you pick up you car at an airport. Here are some of the best deals in Australia:
Note that prices vary depending on the availability of each specific car and the season in which you rent. For the most accurate offers, use the search bar above.
Car rental prices are cheapest in the months just before the major tourist season in Australia; for example, rental costs for economy cars are as low as $14 a day at the Melbourne Airport in November.
Extend your rental period by a week or more to save up to $12 a day!
The cheapest rental brands depend on the region of Australia you’re planning on exploring by rental car. If you’re renting in Perth, Hertz is likely to have the best prices for you, whereas Bargain Car Rentals makes your travel in and around the Melbourne Airport especially cheap.