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Car Rental in Australia

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
$27.05 per day
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Cooma Polo Flat Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty Australia
$28.38 per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$28.38 per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
$28.93 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Holden Barina or similar
Holden Barina
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$29.68 / per day
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Cooma Polo Flat Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty Australia
$29.80 / per day
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Albury Airport Car Rental
Compact
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$30.25 / per day
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Mildura Airport Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$30.45 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 13:40 on 2021-04-18. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
AUD
Country code
61
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.4

Why rent a car in Australia?

Australia is a great place for renting a car. From famous cities impressive nature, it is best explored with the freedom that you get from having your own wheels.

Australia Car Rental

Top ways to enter Australia

  • Sydney Airport: The busiest in Australia, Sydney Airport serves more than 40 million passengers annually. 
  • Melbourne Airport: Known as Tullamarine by locals, this airport serves flights to and from destinations in the rest of Australia, as well as in Oceania, Asia, and even the U.S. state of Hawaii.
  • Brisbane Airport: Arriving in Brisbane is the best way to reach Queensland’s capital and the beautiful beaches that surround it. 
  • Perth Airport: The main airport of the vast Western Australia state.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Sydney: Famous for its old harbour and stunning opera house, Sydney is a dream destination for many travelers around the world. 
  • Melbourne: Australia’s second city still retains some of its British heritage and attracts visitors with its culture, museum, and architecture.
  • Western Australia: Vast and remote, offers unique landscapes, endless coast, and huge national parks. 
  • South Australia: Famous for both its vineries and an abundance of kangaroos and other wildlife, South Australia is perhaps the most relaxed region of the country.
  • Tasmania: Home of old mining towns, wild sea coast, and impressive mountains, Tasmania still retains its untamed charm. 

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Australia is the Hyundai i20, followed by the Toyota Corolla and the Kia Rio.

Most popular types of rental car

Most popular rental car types in Australia are economy, standard, and compact.

Top driving routes

  1. Sydney - Melbourne (878 km / 545 mi) The route between Australia’s two largest cities takes you near the Alpine National Park in the state of Victoria and the Blue Mountains National Park in New South Wales.
  2. Sydney - Brisbane (913 km / 567 mi) The whole length of this route goes parallel to the ocean, providing countless opportunities to stop at coastal towns and villages, and even remote, secluded beaches. If you’re coming from Sydney, the surfing mecca of Gold Coast and its Surfer's Paradise is about 70 km (43 mi) before Brisbane.
  3. Melbourne - Adelaide (727 km / 452 mi) Going along Australia’s southern coast will let you visit the Little Desert National Park and the Big Desert Wilderness Area that are not too far off the route connecting the two cities.

Car Rental Prices

  • Station wagons - from $71 per day
  • Large cars - from $74 per day
  • Medium cars - from $61 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $119 per day
  • Premium cars - from $78 per day
  • Small cars - from $66 per day
  • SUVs - from $88 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Australia:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Australia is the cheapest in October when renting a car is about 48% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 20 Most Popular Cities in Australia

  1. Car Rental in Melbourne from $72.81 per day
  2. Car Rental in Sydney from $29.73 per day
  3. Car Rental in Brisbane from $42.51 per day
  4. Car Rental in Hobart from $86.14 per day
  5. Car Rental in Cairns from $50.52 per day
  6. Car Rental in Perth from $41.70 per day
  7. Car Rental in Gold Coast from $56.85 per day
  8. Car Rental in Launceston from $49.23 per day
  9. Car Rental in Adelaide from $32.50 per day
  10. Car Rental in Darwin from $35.18 per day
  11. Car Rental in Marcoola from $62.53 per day
  12. Car Rental in Avalon from $52.48 per day
  13. Car Rental in Canberra from $39.11 per day
  14. Car Rental in Townsville from $50.52 per day
  15. Car Rental in Broome from $37.80 per day
  16. Car Rental in Newcastle from $72.72 per day
  17. Car Rental in Ballina from $31.98 per day
  18. Car Rental in Alice Springs from $42.00 per day
  19. Car Rental Proserpine from $37.47 per day

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Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Australia?

The cost of renting a car in Australia depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Australia
$42.24
January
$41.58
February
$47.10
March
$49.20
April
$31.21
May
$43.85
June
$59.25
July
$48.37
August
$33.75
September
$30.88
October
$48.23
November
$48.84
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Australia is October — prices start from $30.88 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 29% cheaper than the yearly average and 48% cheaper than renting a car in the month of July (when prices start at $59.25 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in Australia?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in January — an average of 8 days. The shortest are in October — an average of 2 days.
Average Rental Length in Australia
8
January
7
February
7
March
6
April
7
May
6
June
7
July
7
August
8
September
2
October
8
November
6
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Australia?

Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Australia. The most popular month is March, while the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in Australia by Monthly Searches
2%
January
374%
February
438%
March
2%
April
2%
May
1%
June
2%
July
2%
August
38%
September
33%
October
164%
November
142%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Bargain Car Rentals Hyundai Accent 5 2 Medium cars
Bargain Car Rentals Nissan X-Trail 4 2 SUVs
Bargain Car Rentals Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars
Thrifty Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 5 2 Station wagons
NoBirds Toyota Corolla 5 1 Medium cars
Bargain Car Rentals Hyundai Kona 4 3 SUVs
EastCoast Car Rentals Toyota Corolla Sedan 4 2 Large cars
Thrifty Toyota Yaris 4 1 Small cars
Thrifty Toyota Corolla 4 2 Medium cars
Thrifty Mitsubishi ASX 5 2 Station wagons

Our Customers Reviews

Australia
Hyundai Accent
February 17, 2021
We used the car as a mean of transfer from airport to resort. Used it to do some shopping so we had food available back at our room and for tours we did. Went to waterfront bar and grill for dinner. Great staff and lovely food. The aquarium was fun to visit in Cairn and we did a day trip to Kanundra. But wasn't impressed as since covid the town really only operates Thursday to Sunday and we went on a Monday. We did see the butterfly sanctuary while there and it was very good.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
February 1, 2021
Travelled around Hobart, Bruny Island, Richmond, Eaglehawk Neck & Port Arthur. Having the hire car allowed for ease of access to tours and to stop of where we wanted for as long as we wanted as opposed to having to be on a bus time table. Having this car was idea for myself & my daughter. Thanks
Australia
Hyundai Accent
January 28, 2021
Fabulous chilled out Cairns. Great places to sightsee if you want activity but also good to relax and do nothing if you need. Rusty's Markets is a must! Great laksa there.😋
Australia
Toyota Corolla
January 22, 2021
Not a bad thing to say. I find it very hard to give 10 for anything, but it was very close!!
Australia
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
January 17, 2021
Having a car made it very easy to get around everywhere.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
December 20, 2020
Definitely a right call to take the car. Drove over 400 kms in 2 days to cover spots like tea gardens and other unexplored places
Australia
Kia Cerato
December 18, 2020
Traffic was a lot better than i expected
Australia
Toyota Corolla Sedan
December 11, 2020
great place to visit, onsite car easier when travelling with someone older
Australia
Hyundai Accent
December 11, 2020
Worth renting a car in Cairns and driving up to Cape Tribulation, stopping at Port Douglas and Mossman Gorge. Great trip overall.
Australia
Toyota Yaris
November 29, 2020
To really see Cairns and the surrounding areas whilst it is nice to be driven around in a big tour bus it is nice to be able to take your our time in a car. Strongly recommend a car.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
October 11, 2020
The Esplanade is amazing and has so many huge parks for kuds to play in. Fig Tree Park is beautiful and if you'd like to have some amazing food Muddys has a park for kids to play while you enjoy your meal.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
September 15, 2020
Cairns was wonderful. We visited the Aquarium and the Casino Roof Zoom on the same day. Both were full of activities and lots to see. We went to Mossman Gorge. It has many walking trails.......suitable for all levels of walker.
Australia
Toyota Corolla
August 31, 2020
Fitzroy Island day trip, great. Mission beach great place for lunch
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Getz 3d
March 9, 2020
I visit Sydney at least every 2 years. I will rent from you again on my next visit.
New Zealand
Hyundai Accent
November 29, 2019
Fantastic for travelling to Sunshine Coast, especially Noosa! Easy to find shuttle at Brisbane airport, grab the car, visit DFO in Brisbane and up the coast you go!
United Kingdom
Kia Rio
October 30, 2019
We rented from Cairns Airport and did a week in the area. Fabulous, visiting the beaches of Trinity, Palm Cove and Port Douglas and the Mossman Gorge. Drove for a night in Mission Beach, very quiet not much there. Next on to Townsville and Magnetic Island; didn’t take the car across, just did a day trip by ferry which was more than enough. Next we drove to Airlie Beach which we loved and did a day trip to the Whitsundays. We dropped the car off at Prosperine Airport just 30 min drive from Airlie. A lovely small airport and all very easy. It was enough driving and the perfect trip. Fell in love with the hire car. Sooo comfortable and perfect.
Australia
Hyundai Accent
October 11, 2019
Perth is a city without being too big , everywhere is easily accessible. beaches , tourists spots and the city .
Australia
Toyota Corolla
September 6, 2019
Cairns is beautiful and definitely visit there specially for great barrier reef.
New Zealand
Infiniti Q50
August 21, 2019
Rental depot close to airport , easy to access and to getaway north or south . Good roads , easy to navigate .
New Zealand
Kia Rio
August 10, 2019
Perth is easy enough with your google maps to guide you.
New Zealand
Hyundai i20
July 22, 2019
Of all the rental car places I have used, Atlas is a notch above the rest
Australia
Kia Sportage
July 18, 2019
Number 1 rule (as with flights etc) BOOK EARLY! Especially in ‘school horror days’ Cairns is in the tropics there’s a rainy season- and a hotter than hot season @ Christmas N/Y time. Up this way relaxation is in the atmosphere unless you live a ‘riotous’ lifestyle NB: (correct spelling check meaning).
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Accent
March 28, 2019
I loved my vacation in Brisbane! The Australia Zoo is the best zoo that I have visited. The animals looked well taken care of and happy! The staff are very friendly and helpful and I love the animal interactions! If you want to visit the beaches up near Noosa Heads, take into consideration that it is a very busy area and parking is horrendous! I ended up leaving because I couldn't find parking. The Ginger factory tour was interesting and doesn't take very long. They give you free samples after the tour and a discount on the products you try if you take the tour. If you like hot sauces, Red Hot Chili Pepper is a great little store to visit! They have a nice selection of spices and are very helpful and friendly. You can also sample some of the sauces for sale. Great stuff!
Australia
Hyundai i20
March 24, 2019
Most of the sights worth seeing are outside of the city such as the Great Ocean Road and Philip Island so renting a car is essential.

Top 14 Suppliers in Australia in 2021

National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+61738604272
11 the Circuit Domestic Terminal, Brisbane Airport, 4008 Brisbane
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+61738604272
11 the Circuit Domestic Terminal, Brisbane Airport, 4008 Brisbane
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+610738748150
Terminal Building Brisbane Airport
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+610738748150
International Terminal, Airside Level 4, Brisbane Airport QLD 4008
Working hours
Mon:06:30-22:00
Tue:06:30-22:00
Wed:06:30-22:00
Thu:06:30-22:00
Fri:06:30-22:00
Sat:06:30-22:00
Sun:06:30-22:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
738604272
In Terminal - The Circuit
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:07:00-15:00
Sun:07:00-15:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+610736338666
1 Airport Drive Terminal Building, Eagle Farm, Brisbane Airport QLD 4008, Australia
Working hours
Mon:06:30-23:00
Tue:06:30-23:00
Wed:06:30-23:00
Thu:06:30-23:00
Fri:06:30-23:00
Sat:06:30-22:00
Sun:06:30-23:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+610730001030
Terminal Building, 1 Alpinia Dr, Brisbane Airport QLD 4008
Working hours
Mon:06:30-23:00
Tue:06:30-23:00
Wed:06:30-23:00
Thu:06:30-23:00
Fri:06:30-23:00
Sat:06:30-22:00
Sun:06:30-23:00
EastCoast Car Rentals
EastCoast Car Rentals
Excellent 8.5
+611800474258 / +61755558908
504 Nudgee Road, Hendra, 4011
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:30
Tue:07:00-19:30
Wed:07:00-19:30
Thu:07:00-19:30
Fri:07:00-19:30
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Excellent 8.5
+610448415044
Melbourne Airport 39-41 Freight Road
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:00
Tue:07:00-19:00
Wed:07:00-19:00
Thu:07:00-19:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:07:00-19:00
Sun:07:00-19:00
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.3
+61755558908
504 Nudgee Rd, Hendra QLD 4001
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8
738605438
In Terminal - The Circuit
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7
+61134733
385 Thompson Road, North Geelong Victoria 3215
Working hours
Mon:09:00-17:00
Tue:09:00-17:00
Wed:09:00-17:00
Thu:09:00-17:00
Fri:09:00-17:00
Sat:09:00-15:00
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.6
+61738681935
Terminal Building Brisbane Airport, Brisbane Airport QLD 4007
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
61738683833 / 61738683833
330 Nudgee Road
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