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    Car Rental in Australia

    Get the most out of your Australian trip with Car Rental

    Find a great hire car in Australia with Auto Europe. We will search prices from around the globe in order to bring you the best car hire for the lowest price. Whether you are planning to explore the Australian outback or cruise the coast, Auto Europe will make your car rental experience easy, affordable and reliable. Book online with us today!

    Country Essentials

    Vehicles in Australia travel on the left-hand side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right-hand side of the vehicle. Speed limits in Australia vary from around 50km per hour in the city to about 120km on the freeway. Take care when driving in areas which aren't built up, particularly around dawn, dusk and night-time. Kangaroos, wombats and koalas frequently venture onto roads and can cause accidents to unsuspecting drivers.

    Seatbelts are mandatory for both the driver and passengers. There are various types of free and paid parking options within Australia. Parking meters are common in most major cities. The cost of these can vary and you can usually park for up to 2 hours. As signage, rates and time limits vary between states, it is important to check your options before planning to drive into the centre of one of the main cities.

    Standard Inclusions

    Cheap Rental CarAuto Europe includes the Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and theft protection in the Australian car rental prices. The CDW and theft protection reduce the liability and excess of the driver to a capped amount. Fire insurance is also included in the price of your car rental. Auto Europe offers the option to purchase Excess Refund Insurance when you make your booking. If any damage occurs to your rental vehicle during the time it is in your possession, you can be refunded up to $5,000 on your return to Australia.

    Driving in Australia

    Australia is a beautiful and diverse country. From its remote desert plains to lush rainforests and bustling metropolis, this is one of the most popular destinations for holidaymakers. With over 900,000 kilometres of highways, who knows what you might discover! Australia's landscape is vast, unique and ever-changing. Around every corner, you will see tropical rainforests, unspoilt beaches, beautiful mountain ranges or never-ending desert.

    Whatever your interests, exploring with a rental car in Australia is the best way to experience a country with so much to offer. Drive to the Yarra River near Melbourne to sample local wines, or test your skiing skills on Mount Hotham's double diamond runs. Grab some Bush Tucker for a quick snack at a local market in Narre Warren, or indulge in a shopping trip in Sydney's posh boutiques. You could also drive to Brisbane and try your luck at the Treasury Casino or visit exhibits by local artisans. Take the kids to see koalas, kangaroos, and dingoes at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, or work on your tan on the Gold Coast.

    Licence Requirements

    When renting a vehicle in Australia, the driver will generally need to have held a full licence for a minimum of one year. Some suppliers may make exceptions, however, fees may apply. You must be at least 20 years old to rent a car in Australia, although the age may vary by car category. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. Some suppliers may have a maximum age limit of 75 years.

    Tolls and Freeways

    There are various toll roads in Australia. There are toll roads in Sydney and greater NSW, Melbourne and the state of Victoria, Brisbane and the Queensland region. An E-tag will be needed for those who will be using the toll roads, check with the supplier to see if they include this device, or you can call up the relevant toll-hotline to pay.

    Border Crossings

    Some restrictions on crossing state lines may apply on certain vehicles in states such as the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania. Certain vehicles may not be allowed to travel during dusk to dawn in remote areas and cars may not travel on ferries. Vehicles may not leave Australia and cannot travel to Tasmania unless the vehicle has been picked up at this location. Domestic one-way rentals are permitted at certain locations in Australia. Minimum rental periods and fees may apply.

    Fleet Guide

    You can find details and compare all the great cars available for hire in Australia by checking out our fleet guide. Please note that not all cars are available at all locations.

    Car Rental in Australia with Auto Europe

    Book your car rental in Australia with Auto Europe over our safe, reliable and secure online booking system. Our exceptional customer service and Beat Rate Guarantee assure the best savings and quality of service on your car hire. For more information, read our Car Rental FAQ page, read our Terms and Conditions, or Contact Us.

    Top Australia Car Hire Locations

    Auto Europe is proud to offer car hire in every major city in Australia. No matter where your travel itinerary brings you, Auto Europe has a local supplier with the best prices. Find your chosen city below or enter your details in the search form above.

    Car Hire Sydney Sydney Car Hire Melbourne Melbourne Car Hire Adelaide Adelaide Car Hire Brisbane Brisbane
    Car Hire Hobart Hobart Car Hire Perth Perth Car Hire Cairns Cairns Car Hire Gold Coast Gold Coast
    Car Hire Canberra Canberra Car Hire Broome Broome Car Hire Alice Springs Alice Springs

    Australia Driving Inspiration

    To make your Australia self-drive adventure that little bit easier we have a range of resources to assist! You can download Auto Europe's Australia Travel & Driving Guide for free which provide useful information and touring ideas to create your own holiday itinerary or for the latest and greatest in Australia events and itineraries check out our blog.

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    We search & compare the lowest rates on a range of car hire from the best suppliers throughout Australia. Our Suppliers are located throughout major and remote areas of Australia. Airport collections offer convenience with depots located in the airport terminal or shuttle services where available. 


    • Sydney to Melbourne - 880 kms (10 hrs / 15 mins)
    • Melbourne to Adelaide - 730 kms (9 hrs / 30 mins)
    • Perth to Geraldton - 430 kms (5 hrs / 30 mins)
    • Sydney to Wollongong - 85 kms (1 hr / 30 mins)
    • Coffs Harbour to Brisbane - 395 kms (5 hrs / 30 mins)
    • Townsville to Cairns - 385 kms (5 hrs)


    A full valid driver's licence is required for a minimum of 1 year. An international drivers licence is required for all foreign licence holders that are not in English.


    Generally, the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check terms & conditions when making an enquiry or booking.


    General driving rules, laws and regulations in Australia:

    • Vehicles are right hand drive and motorists must drive on the left hand side of the road.
    • Seat belts must be worn by all passengers and driver.
    • You must carry your licence with you at all times.
    • Mobile Phones are not permitted while driving.
    • Obey road signs and traffic signals.
    • Give way to traffic on the right at roundabouts.
    • U-Turns are not permitted at traffic lights, or where displayed.
    • Motorists must give way to pedestrians at pedestrians crossings.
    • Always use indicator lights when turning.


    Whilst there are no laws regarding equipment you must carry with you in the vehicle; it is important to make sure you are prepared for whatever driving conditions you may endure.


    Children under the age of seven must be seated in the back seats of the vehicle in either a booster seat or child restraint seat.


    Speeding is taken seriously in Australia, if caught heavy fines apply, loss of licence/vehicle and possible imprisonment. Speed Cameras are used throughout Australia to catch speeding motorists.

    • City Roads: 40-60km/h
    • Residential Areas: 40-60km/h
    • Highways: 90-110km/h
    • Freeways: 90-110km/h


    Australia has strict laws about drinking alcohol and driving. Police in Australia have the authority to stop any vehicle and conduct a breath test with the driver. Full licence holders in Australia have a legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.05 g/100ml. Provisional and Learner licences have a zero BAC level. The best advice when driving is to have a zero BAC level. Police will also perform regular roadside Random Breath Testing (RBT) of drivers in metropolitan and rural areas.

    The use and possession of illegal drugs are strictly prohibited; heavy fines apply and possible imprisonment.


    Tolls are found along the eastern states of Australia; New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. Tolls are mainly collected electronically by an electronic tag (E-Tag) fitted to the front window screen, which debits the fee from the toll holders account when passing the toll collection point. Temporary passes can be purchased, or you can go online or call after using the toll and advise your vehicle registration.

    Fee's may vary in price depending on either the time of the day, distance travelled or size of the vehicle.


    Australian Road Signs are in English and are quite easy to understand. Motorists must obey all road signs.

    • Regulatory Signs (eg. Speed Limits) instruct motorists what they must and should not do. These signs will vary in shape, size and colour.
    • Warning Signs (eg. Changes in road conditions) warn motorists any potential hazard, obstacle or condition up ahead. These signs are generally yellow in colour with a black symbol in the middle.
    • Information Signs (eg. Directions) provides motorists with direction information, street/road name/number, places of interest etc. Signs with a green background provide information to roads/streets, suburbs and cities, while brown signs are tourist attractions.
    • Construction Signs will have an orange background with information in the middle.


    There are many various forms of parking in Australia, both paid and free parking exist. Parking within the cities are mostly timed and attract a fee, while in the suburbs and rural areas parking is free but may be timed. Be sure to check signage before leaving your vehicle.


    For travel in the Australian snowfields, you may need some extra information and equipment.


    The Outback is filled with lots of space but few people and services, so there may be a substantial amount of time before anyone will pass you should you break down. It's a desert after all and during peak summer months temperatures can reach 45ºC (113ºF) and over 50ºC (122ºF). Always carry at least 10L of drinking water and additional food. Take advantage of truck stops and roadhouses for an overnight stay or simply pull over to take a nap if you feel drowsy.

    Top Australia Car Hire Locations

    Auto Europe is proud to offer car hire in every major city in Australia. No matter where your travel itinerary brings you, Auto Europe has a local supplier with the best prices. Find your chosen city below or enter your details in the search form above.

    Car Hire Sydney Sydney Car Hire Melbourne Melbourne Car Hire Adelaide Adelaide Car Hire Brisbane Brisbane
    Car Hire Hobart Hobart Car Hire Perth Perth Car Hire Cairns Cairns Car Hire Gold Coast Gold Coast
    Car Hire Canberra Canberra Car Hire Broome Broome Car Hire Alice Springs Alice Springs
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