When it comes to Australia, the term unique immediately springs to mind. Be it the culture or the land itself, you'll find things here that you simply won't find anywhere else on the planet. Known for its sweeping beaches, perfect surfing conditions and unique terrain, you could spend a lifetime exploring this vast land and still be left with more to see.
The best way to experience all you can in this beautiful land is to hire a car and hit the road. Road conditions are generally good across the entire country and the further you get from the big cities the more open road you'll have to yourself. If you're feeling really adventurous and want to really wander off the beaten track, hire a larger, more robust vehicle and take in a National Park or two, or alternatively, just discover your own unique path to the hidden delights only Australia can offer. Our three-step car hire booking process will find the perfect car hire for you, even at the last minute.
Car Rental Locations in Australia
Holiday Extras provides cheap car hire in Australia across hundreds of locations, including all major international airports. Some of the more well known locations include:
- Ayers Rock
- Gold Coast
3 steps to cheap car hire
- Search - fill out your details above and click search to compare
- Select - choose the car you want to hire
- Book - with our secure payment system
- Free additional driver with any National/Enterprise rental for pickups (Valid until 31/12/2018)
How it Works
Once you have made your booking you will receive a confirmation email with your booking reference number. Keep all of the information provided in your confirmation email to hand, as you will need this when collecting your car. We've also created a useful checklist to help ensure you have everything prepared before you depart.
If you wish to speak to an advisor, you can contact our dedicated car hire team on 0800 804 7362. Alternatively you can contact us online here with any queries you may have.
If you're simply looking for transportation to your resort, Holiday Extras also provides highly competitive deals on resort transfers. As well as this, you can take also out holiday insurance, giving you further peace of mind should you run into any unforeseen problems.
*The prices quoted are based on one driver, aged 25, with a full UK driving licence hiring a car for 3 days, picking-up and dropping-off at Melbourne Airport. Prices correct at time of writing. Subject to availability. Free cancellation applies to most rentals up to 48 hours before pick up, however some suppliers may charge. Please check supplier terms and conditions carefully.Top
Driving on Australia's roads**
Australia is one of the few countries in the world that has similar driving laws as the UK; the only main difference being that they are written in kilometres per hour as opposed to the English miles per hour. Nevertheless, it's useful to know some of the regional laws and driving practices this unique country adheres to.
Road safety laws
- Right hand drive - Drive on the left, overtake on the right.
- Minimum age for car hire - Car hire companies in Australia require you to be over 21 years of age to rent a vehicle.
- Seatbelt - It is compulsory for all occupants to wear a seatbelt. The driver is responsible for ensuring all passengers are wearing a seatbelt.
- Travelling with children - Children under 7 must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size.
- Petrol stations - Most petrol stations are open at regular intervals. In larger cities, many will be open 24 hours a day.
- Speed limits - Road signs are in kilometres per hour and in English.
Although these are the standardised speed limits, there may be local variations so please be careful to check the road signs.
If you are not from the UK, most car rental companies will require you to present the driving licence that is issued by your country of residence; not an International licence, or permit. Please double check with an individual car hire company if you are unsure.
A UK driving licence will allow you to drive in some states in Australia, however you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP) for others. You may also be required to carry another form of personal ID with you while driving such as a passport.
Mobile phone use
It is an offence to use a mobile phone while driving. If you are caught using a mobile phone whilst driving you may be issued with a substantial fine.
Drinking and driving
Drink driving in Australia is a very serious offence. All states enforce strict drink driving laws, and police have the authority to stop random drivers at any point for random breathalyser tests. The legal limit is 0.05ml per 100ml of blood.
It is important to note that drinking alcohol and then driving may invalidate your car rental insurance and holiday insurance, irrespective of local drink driving laws. Check your policy for full details.
**This information should be considered as a broad overview of things to remember when hiring a car. It is therefore very important that you read the rental terms and conditions and associated policies for your own specific policy as well as doing your own research into the motoring laws of the country in which you will be driving.Top